I'm placing this thread in the Psychology, Philosophy and Metaphysics forum because I wish to engage other members in a discussion as to why so many
ignorant people seem to be here on ATS, where the motto is 'Deny Igorance'! (Thus, psychological in nature.)
So, let me tell you why I feel we need an [Ignorant] button. The [Friend] button is pretty self explanitory. While some would feel that the [Foe]
button would suffice for these people, I would counter that it states on your Profile page "My Respected Foes. These are my worthy adversaries who
keep me on my toes." Now on a site that has the motto "Deny Ignorance", these people do not deserve the title "Respected Foe", as they do not
deserve and have not earned the "Respected" portion of this. Now you could just put them on [Ignore], but then they would be able to spout their
ignorant opinions unchecked, and that would be very unATS like. So the only alternative would be an [Ignorant] button. Perhaps, if the list of
members who have listed them as [Ignorant] gets rather lengthy, they would take a really
good look at the man or woman in the mirror
Who are these people I speak of? Those who comment on a topic without reading the OP. Those who make up quotes from the article in the OP, or those
of another member's post. Those who completely ignore the points of those who are debating them, and their source material. Those who spout their
opinions as if they were facts and give absolutely no source to back up their positions (often times because there isn't any).
So why do people come here to ATS, only to go on to threads with their eyes firmly shut, their fingers in their ears shouting "LALALALALALA, I CAN'T
HEAR YOU!, LALALALALALA", minds firmly made up, no real evidence to back up their positions, unwilling or unable to see the viewpoints of others and
quick to dismiss those viewpoints, usually in a very nasty and hateful manner? And do we not, as an online community, have the obligation to at least
try to make them realize that they are intentionally ignorant?
Our posts don't seem to be doing the job, maybe the title of [Ignorant]
I thank you in advance for your thoughts and insights into this issue, my dear fellow ATS members!