reply to post by esdad71
I'm not seeing how enforcing basic standards of courtesy favors one side or another. I'm reasonably sure that any point of view can be expressed
courteously, regardless of what one may think about 9/11.
As for an inherent bias toward conspiracy theories due to the name of the forum, there really wouldn't be much point in having a forum dedicated to
reiterating official government positions. In fact, most of ATS would cease to exist under such conditions.
That doesn't mean the official government positions on the issues are necessarily wrong, or that skepticism toward various conspiracy theories is
discouraged, just that ATS offers a place where people can discuss conspiracy theories without (ideally) suffering ridicule or abuse for doing so,
regardless of one's point of view -- pro, con or indifferent.
Unfortunately, we are currently falling short of that ideal, and members are being mistreated by others for holding different points of view. That is
unacceptable, and that's why we're working on it now.
Members who are accustomed to politely expressing their opinions on the issues won't have to do anything different.
Members who are accustomed to attempting to bolster their positions through personal attacks, off-topic commentary, spamming, baiting, bullying and
general ass-hattery will need to make adjustments or find a new place to post, because such behavior is not welcome here.
In addition to increased monitoring by the moderator staff, which is already underway, we encourage all participants in this forum to ALERT us to
violations when they encounter them. Doing so makes a difficult challenge
much easier, and makes the discussion environment much more pleasant.
It's not easy, but it's worthwhile, and the feedback we're already getting from our membership confirms the wisdom of maintaining a healthy
environment for topical discussion.
[edit on 12/21/2009 by Majic]