12m8kall2c has always been fair to me, and I'd like to think of him as a friend, but I agree, the name is a bit of a pain.
You should try saying it, meightkall??? WTHH?
I like the OP's original silly sentiment....
Unless it's not silly.
See, that's the problem, not with ATS, but with anonymity mixed with community.
For the most part, the topics that get discussed here are perfectly safe. Speculateable, if that's a thing... But every once in a while something, or
someone dangerous becomes available. Sometimes the something dangerous is an idea.
If you've been here a while, you may have noticed a "surge" in our population in the last couple of years, also in our popularity, this is not a
mistake. If you've been here a very long time, I reckon you know that populations fluctuate, as does traffic, however, I'd be willing to bet that
"importance and influence" has never been higher. (Perhaps, also, "curiosity.")
The point is, there is value here. I've said it before, I'll probably say it again, Being an active member of ATS is like life, or psychotherapy,
you pull out tonnes and tonnnes of rock for every diamond.
Anybody who thinks our posts are not being looked at by "TPTB" represents the most delusional segment of our community. Everybody is looking at
everything, all the time... At places like this, they only look closer.
So, I'm afraid I must respectfully disagree, only slightly, with 12m8keall2c, when he says, "ATS doesn't hold or express any particular view,
stance or opinion." This may be true, in the T&C, in the rules we all live by as members of this site, but there is an overall agenda to both the
"business of being ATS" and to "the intentions of the community at large."
One can't be blamed for the former, this is just the way of the world, however, there are T&C that help determine what can and can't be said, can
and can't be done. Therefore, as there are rules about what intentions we can and can't put into action, and as you have determined what those rules
are, you do have a particular view, stance or opinion, in a certain way.
One also cannot take any real blame for the latter as these are the products of a community, working from within the guidlines of the system. However,
this community, already has a particular viewpoint, we know what we're going to get when we come here, and for the most part, we get it. 95% haven't
come here to pick a fight, we've come here to be part of something. Therefore, we "lean a certain way." Yes, we have cross section of opinion, but
our opinion is all related by subject matter.
Our subject matter is controversy.
Of course we have an agenda.