posted on Dec, 14 2009 @ 02:37 PM
Originally posted by thesneakiod
Excellent post. I agree 100% I see nothing wrong with ridiculing someone (as long as its in the T&Cs) if they post a pointless thread, mainly all the
moon rock threads.
From the T & C
2) Behavior: You will not behave in an abusive, hateful, intolerant, bigoted and/or racist manner, and will not harass, threaten, nor attack anyone.
I could be wrong, but I assume that purposefully ridiculing someone that you disagree with can be considered a violation of the T & C. Ridiculing is
abusive and can be seen as attacking someone for their personal beliefs.
It's possible to disagree with someone without having to also belittle them in the process.
You said in an earlier post to the OP (I believe it's on the first page? I believe it was you) that you were sick of threads like these, told the OP
that the simple solution was to not enter them, yet you chose to come into a thread with a topic that annoys you just so you could ridicule the OP.
This may be brash, but intentions like these degrade the integrity of this site which has such strict T & C and heavy moderation for a reason. That
reason is so that people can freely and openly discuss and debate theories and ideas that are not mainstream, some can be considered fringe.
However, it's also a place for people to disagree with those theories and the T & C is there to keep the discussion from descending into chaos (which
is likely to happen without the proper conditions set in place when people disagree with eachother), which they often do as of late, so that it's not
a hostile environment and so that people WANT to come here.
I hate that I lately have to brace myself when I decide to enter the world of ATS. I used to get excited at learning new information. I still come
here for that, but instead of excitement it's more like a reservation I have. I can't help but wonder when I enter into a thread, whose calling who
what and which wayward direction the discussion has gone (that is most clearly not the one it was intended for).
What happens as this goes on is that those who actually have intelligent content, theories, ideas to contribute/debate wind up staying away from ATS
completely so that what happens is it turns into a forum like so many other forums that are empty shells in which meaningless banter takes place and
real fringe lunatics like to loiter in. The forums that seem more like a YouTube comments section.