posted on Feb, 18 2010 @ 07:29 PM
I've been reading ATS for a long time, but this issue finally made me sign up and post.
As an Australian, i am completely baffled by the total lack of awareness about this issue by the general public on the street. I don't know if it's
because 2011 seems so far away, that people are just sitting tight and waiting to see if it gets scaled down or abandoned... or people just don't
know about it.. or perhaps they are scared they will be labelled a "kiddy fiddler sympathiser" if they voice their dissapproval? Well guess what,
there were kiddy fiddlers and terrorists before the internet and they aren't gonna disappear just because we put a filter on and pretend they are all
gone. If anything, monitoring traffic to such sites has helped CATCH them.
Of course no-one wants their kids to be exposed to the nasty stuff on the internet, but here's a thought.. put the computer in the FAMILY ROOM so you
can see what they are doing.
I was also going to comment on the merits (safety issues, personal accounts) of sites which discuss the usage of illicit drugs and how filtering out
drug use is, as 'Southpark' would put it, a "drugs are bad.. m'kay?" approach.. but then i read the ATS terms of service..
2e.) Illicit Activity: Discussion of illicit activities; specifically the use of mind-altering drugs & substances, engaging in computer hacking,
promoting criminal hate, dicussing sexual relations with minors, and furtherance of financial schemes and scams are strictly forbidden. You will also
not link to sites or online content that contains discussion or advocacy of such material. Any post mentioning or advocating personal use of illicit
mind-altering drugs will result in immediate account termination.
2e.i) Narcotics and illicit mind-altering substances: Due to abuse of the subject matter by some (promoting various aspects of personal use, and
discussing actual personal use), no new topics on this subject are allowed in any form.
Hahahahaha.. irony much??
But anyways, at the end of the day, my biggest issue with the whole idea is performance.. There is no way they can implement a filter system without
it slowing Australias already pathetically slow internet to a snails pace