posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 07:38 AM
This is my very first post and I registered with the intention to write about rights versus privileges. However, I saw this thread first, I clicked on
The .ars article linked to in this thread is blatantly false in its logic and assumptions. The line of reasoning behind that article is preposterous
and I cannot believe owners of this site (supposedly grown adults) would exhibit such childish 'no, you!' behavior.
Bill, Simon, Springer,
all of the content on ATS.com is generated by users. This isn't exaggeration. 100% of the content on ATS.com is user-generated. Without users,
there is no content, and there is most certainly no ad-revenue. And you are at least somewhat aware of this - why else does it say under your avatars
'User generated content ecosystem'?
ATS.com is your property and you have the right to set the rules of behavior users must obey as you see fit and to do as you please with the
users of your site: ban them, delete their posts, modify their threads and so on. However, the PC I'm using to view ATS.com is my property and
I get to set the rules of behavior ATS.com must obey on it. Isn't that fair?
Now, let's compare ATS.com rules and my rules, shall we?
ATS.com Terms and conditions of use + Avatar guidelines + general hints and tips
2,927 + 677 + 332 = 3,936 words
15,525 + 3,360 + 1,662 = 20,547 characters (no spaces)
My rules for ATS.com
6 characters (no spaces)
[Word's Tools>Word Count was used to calculate the above]
And you expect me to back off from my 2-word, 6-character rule while you are not willing to bend a single rule from your rule encyclopedia, not
even slightly, for anyone? And you dare to post how we, the users, are unfair for blocking ads. No, wait, we're 'stealing'.
Do you even know the definition of stealing?
The brutal truth is that, if your business does fail, the only ones to blame will be you, the business owners, because only you can make
bad business decisions, such as - oh, I don't know - banning potential revenue generating users for admitting they block ads. And if you keep
making such awful moves, your site will go under, and whether or not I blocked ads will be utterly irrelevant.
ATS.com provides the common ground for your users to share ideas and opinions and I registered with that intent. ATS.com is the middle man and as
such, it's an entirely unnecessary component of our (users') content generation. If at any point ATS.com becomes a burden to us, users, it
will be cut out of the user communication. There is no doubt in my mind about this.
I have already benefited from coming to ATS.com, and I don't mean financially. One user that posts here, IgnoranceIsntBliss, makes what I can only
describe as sublime posts and since I have learned of his blog, I do not lose anything if I choose to leave ATS.com for good - I will merely go to his
blog for all the info that interests me.
As I said, I've registered to ATS.com with the honest intention of posting my ideas and my opinions which I feel are constructive and
share them, free of charge, with other users. Yet, ATS.com seems to be, if not the worst, then the second worst place for doing so.
Therefore, I deeply regret registering with ATS.com and I request my account be terminated, if for nothing else, then because I use AdBlock to block
all advertisements. Even if you don't fulfill my request, it matters little to me, since I do not plan on ever going back to ATS.com,
following links that lead to ATS.com and I will, in addition, make it my personal agenda to explain to everyone willing to listen the manner in which
you treat the ATS.com registered users and how you ban users for blocking ads.
Banning two users for their use of ad-blocking software can go a long way.