What is wrong with the ATS membership right now ? !!

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posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 03:58 PM
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I have been a willing contributer to ATS and have learned so much in my nearly 2 years membership.

In the last 2 months I have noted an increase in what some call debunkers which has culminated in a lack of courtesy and downride rudeness in the posts since Thursday and the Norway spiral.

I note also that denying ignorance is being used as a banner when ideas dont agree with some posters. This is not the ATS I know, or have known.

Sure, some ideas are off the wall, heck Im privy to some of my own, but like many others in here I would not take kindly to remarks such as " go light your bong" , and many other discouraging remarks being banded about these last few days.

Maybe we are closer to finding out the truth about the spiral, the mothership and D4rK N1ghtes prophesy, as Ive also noted some of those being rude seem to have joined the membership today, yesterday just in time to derail and debunk some realy important threads.

Some things to remember. Ignore those who try to anger you, stay on track in the threads and use your brain while in debate, not your venom.

There is an "Ignore" option. Use it if need be and dont get caught up in the mish-mash of diffirent derailing tactics.

I personally feel that we are close to a breakthrough in some realy important topics that have been raised time and time again in the last 6 months. Please remember why we joined this freedom of information movement that is ATS and let others ideas contribute to your own. Everyone has something to offer and we all have something to learn.

Respects

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posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:18 PM
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I agree with you. Lately a lot of members just want to tear chunks out of each other and disagree.

There is a lot of arrogance in some members who seem to think they have all the answers and refuse to acknowledge other people's opinions.

I've only ever set one person to ignore and then afterwards. took them off it, as i realised i had put them on ignore just because i disagreed with them. It seemed a bit childish and petty of me.


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posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:21 PM
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off-topic post removed to prevent thread-drift


 



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:22 PM
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We all have to understand the genre of this website and the topics within. Even though we don't always agree and we all tend to argue, we are like one giant internet family that work to promote the mantra of Deny Ignorance.

[edit on 12-12-2009 by Scooby Doo]



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:26 PM
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Yep alot of rudeness lately. Considering this is one of the most open boards on the net, it has had alot of this debunkers stuff lately.

But we can all ignore the posts we choose.



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:27 PM
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What is with all the people making off the wall claims with no rational explanation?

I think the rudeness comes from frustration (or maybe the guy is just a dick welcome to the real world)


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posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:29 PM
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I rest my case. Your reply was as predictable as my thread. There must surely have been something better you could have done with the seconds it took you to reply. Whether you agree with my point or not would have sufficed.


Respects



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:59 PM
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We, as a community, can't treat people who are participating in actual, proper research, and those who are phrasing their own opinions as immutable fact, the same. It says 'deny ignorance', and yet if we entertain people banging on about chemtrails or whether the spiral was some kind of alien phenomenon, we are not denying ignorance but encouraging it. I don't know why people think that just because we're talking about conspiracy theories that the scientific method is somehow fine to be ignored - it isn't. In fact, it's more important here than anywhere else, as the topics we deal with are deathly important. If folks can't back up their assertions with hard facts, then they have no right to clog up this board with their nonsense, lowering the signal-to-noise ratio in the process, and making it harder for folks who are prepared to admit they're wrong, and who are desperately trying to learn.

I remember back when John Titor's story first appeared. The level of investigation was fantastic. The believers kept on dragging out their 'oh but he's from the future!!11!' stuff, and those who knew better showed, repeatedly, using all kinds of accurate, scientific analysis, how their claims were complete bunk. That's the ATS I love - real, honest work to get to the bottom of things, not to prop up people's irrational fantasies.

As Carl Sagan said - 'Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence'. It seems on ATS, for a large number of people, that they think they don't need any evidence at all. That's horrific. If that is allowed to become the norm, then no one will learn a thing on ATS. It'll just be a throng of people shouting their fantasies at each other, with ignorance being the only winner.

People have to be able to admit they're wrong, and to have evidence bought to light that shows their pet hypotheses are incorrect and stop believing in them, otherwise this board will stagnate, and eventually die.

We have too many people like this on this board. We need clear, rational thought, or we might as well give up.



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:59 PM
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Yes I agree we can just hit " Ignore". What is your opinion on the theory that an increase in the impolite behaviour , especially by those who seem to have joined just to be rude, could/should be used as a marker to suggest that some of the threads are hitting close to home regarding the outcomes and analysis of the posters.?

Respects



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:11 PM
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I agree with your comments totally, but would also it bring to your attention that we are living in an age where I believe so many new concepts will be noted by not only people like us who seek the truth, but also by " Jo Public". We wont have any more evidence to support a theory than he will because it will be more advanced or new than we can contemplate. In these instances people will believe their eyes. That does not make them lesser than us.

My point is, everyone deserves to be heard and an explanation given and evidenced as to why they are wrong in their thinking. They dont deserve rudeness or a clever " Put down".

After all, can those who say "missile" prove their case without doubt?... does that make them right? Occams Razor can be a pair of glasses with opaque lenses at times. That is something we tend to overlook sometimes.

Respects



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:12 PM
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A good example to illustrate your point, is the recent thread where someone claimed to be from one of the "bloodlines." The person gave no evidence to back up his claim or give us reason to believe him, yet everyone lapped up what he was saying as if it was the gospel. It was embarrassing to be honest.



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:14 PM
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Can't say I ever witnessed anything you are saying here with your OP.

I mean...sure...once in a while an incredibly good looking Masked hero "might" rub the crowd the wrong way...but other then that..everyone seems very nice and well adjusted.



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:19 PM
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Believing their eyes actually makes someone irrational, as the human nervous system is notoriously inaccurate. That's why scientists use instruments to measure instead of just estimating using their senses. Eye witness accounts are anecdotal evidence, which is not even scientific in nature. Scientists don't believe their eyes - they believe the outcomes of multiple experiments. That's the only way to be sure, and we should tolerate no less here. Sure it's harder, but it's hard for a reason - research isn't easy. If it is, it's not research.

If someone has learned some truth, they have a duty to get enough information together to prove it to someone else before spraying it all over ATS. Otherwise they are indistinguishable from someone who's making things up, and that clearly isn't going to help anyone.

So, if someone says "I know this is true because I saw it", everyone has the right to reply "no one will believe you because you haven't even bothered to prove it to yourself before you expect others to believe you".

We have to treat these subjects like scientists treat science - with respect only for the method by which we learn. If we ditch the method, we will never know if what we've "learned" is true or not. We didn't get where we are, as a species, by guessing and making stuff up. We got here by using the scientific method to ensure we actually learn.

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Exactly - what happened? Loads of people's time was wasted, a few people became less informed, and nothing was learned. That is what ATS has to stay away from otherwise it will die.



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:26 PM
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If it's good it's good. If it's bad it's bad. And if you're unsure & don't know then shrug! This is the core of reasoning



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:31 PM
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I think the answer is simple with all this climategate and stuff too much info is leaking out about lots of things so the BTB have teams of people online now in various fourms debunking/derailing/baiting people in a attempt to distract and confuse the issues and get us fighting amongst ourselves instead of talking about the real issues.

CIA mosad mi6 have all stated they were gonna wage an internet war against bloggers/fourms I think this is the result of that.

Don't let it get to you, don't get drawn into the infighting.



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:31 PM
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You have got to be kidding me... again?

Member tools>ATS Account Settings>Complaint/Suggestion.

ETA:

Q: What is wrong with the ATS membership right now ? !!

A: Threads like these. People bicker and argue all the time. If it is conducted in a civilized manner it is fine, if it get's dirty, I'm sure the staff will take care of it. How boring would the website be if there was no conflict of opinion?

[edit on 12/12/2009 by serbsta]



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:32 PM
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Originally posted by davesidious
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So, if someone says "I know this is true because I saw it", everyone has the right to reply "no one will believe you because you haven't even bothered to prove it to yourself before you expect others to believe you".



reply to post by Kram09
 


Exactly - what happened? Loads of people's time was wasted, a few people became less informed, and nothing was learned. That is what ATS has to stay away from otherwise it will die.


And again I agree and your methodology and evidence gathering priority is paramount in ATS.

My point is....... There is no room for someone posting a flag with BS on it as a reply to someone, nor is saying someone is talking rubbish, nor is telling someone to go relight their bong. None of these replies can do any favours to ATS. Im sure you will agree.

Respects



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:34 PM
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How did i know there would be the "your thread is pointless" post and the OP's reply of "see.. your post is what I'm talking about"


It happens in every single thread like this.


I LOVE ATS...


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posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:42 PM
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There is absolutly nothing wrong with giving yourself a pat on the back, well done



Respects



posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 05:47 PM
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Well, I do agree with you nearly 100%. There is time for that, but not necessarily as harshly as that. If someone is posting demonstrable untruths in a way that will most likely lead others towards ignorance, they need to be dealt with. We do have to actively deny ignorance, and that means actively denying the ignorant who demand to spread their nonsense across the board.

For example, if someone keeps posting saying that evolution is false, I think a massive flag saying BS should be more than welcome. The content of their post is pure BS in its purest form, yet can pervert the knowledge of others who think it's the truth. If we can star and flag a post, we should be able to do the opposite - to bury the nonsense. We need to ensure a culture of "every point is equal" never takes hold, as that simply is incompatible with learning.

So I say yes - call out BS for what it is, wherever it is posted, as many times as necessary.

Maybe then we can get the paranormal research board back to being about paranormal research, instead of people saying they have ghosts or can cast spells or some other such nonsense. It's intellectually repugnant to allow that to exist here.





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