A Note On Personal Commentary, Straw Men And Call-Outs
As this thread and several others covering the same ground over the years attest, there is a longstanding and ongoing problem with courtesy, topical
relevance and general behavior on the part of some members who participate in these forums.
Since there has been no shortage of warnings and notices on the issue, efforts to enforce the standards and policies of this forum are, over time,
becoming more focused and stringent.
Specific attention is and will be focused on ensuring that thread topics are suited for this forum, that members refrain from
, and that such irrelevant and disruptive digressions
such as straw men
, "call-outs" and other inappropriate behavior are minimized or eliminated.
Members who, despite previous warnings and staff interventions directly related to their accounts (and you know who you are), persist in misbehavior
in this forum should be aware that their memberships will be subject to immediate termination without further warning, notice or comment.
Also, any member who, via these forums, private message or other means, expresses any sort of intent to
deliberately disrupt discussion
, or impede the ability of any member to
share their opinions without fear of ridicule or retaliation, or the staff in enforcing the rules of this forum, will be subject to immediate account
Rude or obnoxious behavior toward any member of the community or staff may result in a similar outcome, so let's not go there.
The majority of contributors to this forum post with erudition, patience and poise. Some of the best research and discussion on ATS can be found here.
Unfortunately, their exemplary work is all too often marred by the inconsideracy of a small minority of members.
You can help us make that small minority even smaller by assisting us in combating bad behavior. Please be sure to ALERT posts that do not meet ATS
standards and we will be sure to investigate.
It can be frustrating to see someone get away with poor conduct again and again, but justice tends to catch up with them eventually, and with your
help, we can make that happen sooner rather than later.
Thanks, as always, to every member who has worked hard to make this forum the best it can be.
We are at your service.