posted on Feb, 25 2010 @ 09:05 PM
reply to post by SkepticOverlord
Argh ... I feel terrible that it even had to come to this.
But it always does doesn't it?
I joined shortly before the elections and you (staff) and us (members) had to go through this every month almost (and several times since) to remind
folks to stay on topic, stop the personal attacks, and cease political trolling. I imagine the same expression of frustration had been expressed many
times before as well.
And yet we keep coming back to it. And it's not staffs fault for these things don't hit us with a hammer, they seep in drop by drop, thread by
thread, post by post, until one day we realize we're overwhelmed and taken over by this virus that contaminates not only the political forums, but
leaks in to the entire energy of the board and makes what once was fun, an ordeal.
Personally, I rarely if ever go in political threads anymore mostly for the reasons outlined in your OP, and quite frankly I fear what I might one day
say. I pray that this latest "calibration" does the job and I for one will do what I can to lead by example. It's just, and don't take this the
wrong way, I have trusted in these announcements before and ... well, let's just say the resolve faded. But I will trust again for I love this
community which, despite these issues, is incredibly rewarding to me personally.
To tell you the truth, over the last year I have been tempted to revive the "Bully Pulpit" forum by authoring a couple of threads in there. But the
forum hasn't been used in a long time, I anticipated it would have started a whole 'thing' with newer members not being aware of the 'pledge' or
why they can't post in there, so I thought better leave well enough alone and just avoid most if not all political discourse.
Anyhoot, thanks for once again trying to improve ATS and for reminding those who wish to harm this community that they will not succeed.