I think its great you as staff asked our opinion on this, wish my boss would do that
IMO... I've been afraid to post what I passionatly feel sometimes because I thought I might offend someone, it's just who I am. Thats the reason, to
avoid offenses, I say just that...IMO...or "hey, it's just my opinion." But thats just me, and it probably doesn't always work.
Maybe a "request" link near the "reply" link, where you can request specific items, such as "request warning for continuous off topic posts" for
when two or so members really get at each other and derail the entire thread. That can be a real thread killer, and can tend to be where the
negativity can get to be an issue. Maybe even require a short description of why you made the request. Don't get me wrong, I think it's important to
debate, and feelings can get hurt when talking about passionate beliefs. It's gonna happen, so if you can't deal with it, don't debate. Just don't
let those hurt feelings lead to an off topic argument and slander, thats when some sort of user requests would be beneficial.
You guys make the calls, buy why not let us have some sort of "majority request" as well. You could include request for marking a thread as a "
hoax", but again a reason should be included, and "this video of these kids saying they saw nine foot aliens is rediculous!" wouldn't be enough to
label a thread. A real "hey, thats a known-bs website that posted that article," or something along those lines COULD be with ENOUGH majority. But,
its still your decision.
I see how that could be taken advantage of as well, but its just an idea, sort of based on the motivation for this specific thread I'm typing in
right now. I don't think more rules would really be an answer, your rules are pretty good now.
Maybe you can do something like that. Maybe you can sort of segment ATS into article based threads, personal experience threads, video based threads,
debate threads, or w/e you think would be defining overall thread themes. I don't know how well that would work, and it might change some of the
current catagories, but it could guide more users to know what to expect in regards to evidence, opinion, or beliefs discussed.
Just ideas, but hey I wait tables for a living (not a bad job), so what do I know about running a website. And if you already do some of this, well,
awesome. I just read the posts and reply here and there, I don't ever look into how to talk to the staff..