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Originally posted by kosmicjack
As this is ATS, I expect an elevated sense of decorum and debate.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
For me it boils down to this:
If I wanted to read the MSM talking points and all of the predictable and trite comments, replies, responses and feigned outrage - I would log onto another, more corporate and mainstream news website.
As this is ATS, I expect deeper and more critical thought about the issues - from all perspectives - and an elevated sense of decorum and debate.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by SkepticOverlord
For the most part it appears everyone sees anyone who does not agree with their points of view as the problem. The anger and venom is caused by SOMEBODY ELSE. Your anger and angry words are justified, while those who disagree are not.
I'd say the solution lies in mutual tolerance and respect.
This reflects what we are seeing in our day to day lives. A Church puts up a Nativity scene on Christmas, an angry Atheist pretends it somehow harms them and wants it taken down. A Media Matters fan thinks Glenn Beck fans are crazed Racists and a Glenn Beck fan thinks Media Matters fan's are Far Left Loons. A Republican thinks Democrats are all drug crazed, Socialist Hippies and the Democrats think all Republicans are evil Capitalist Pigs who want to enslave them.
I'm not sure there is a solution. We are hardwired this way. I think its in our genetics and stems back to tribalism and the days when we acted on these things with deadly force. It was necessary for our survival to limit competition for food and resources. When we removed those needs, our natures did not change as quickly as we have. We see threats where none exist because of that.
Add that to anonymity and you get a problem that can only be generally controlled. I think you either do your best to control it and beyond that live with it as a fact of life, or you shut the board down. You will never stop it.
I think a discussion like this every few months is a step in the right direction. It gives people an outlet to vent from. Other than that, your rules are reasonable as they are, changing them won't matter. Perhaps you might increase the number of Mod's? I don't know if that would help or not. It could go either way.
Compared to the other boards I've visited, you are doing great.
One thing that might have a positive impact is to remove the competition for flags and stars, which I've seen as a negative all along. It seems to turn it into a sport and we all know how sports fans act.
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
Oh, and don't take yourself to seriously,
keep your sense of humor,
If you don't have a sense of Humor, get one.
And the Hoax board needs to be discontinued,the purpose of ATS seems to be undermined by allowing a dynamic to exist in which a determined group of posters working cooperatively can "convince"someone to put what is the meat of this site into a proverbial jail cell.
Originally posted by one4all
There is no foolproof way to designate anything a hoax
Obviously this tactic has been utilised to the degree that the entire site is suffering the repercussions
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
Those who care about proving provable conspiracies, paranormal experiences, extraterrestrial sightings, political scandals, and all the other topics on ATS must embrace and seek out the aid of those who would debunk. Because those ideas, theories, postulations, and events that survive intense skeptical analysis are the precious core of what we seek.
Conspiracy theorists must be skeptical by nature and reject "belief systems" that habitually favor one point of view over another.
Please note the thread "New Hoaglund and Greer disclosure is coming!"as a prime example,find my first post,look at the content and SHEER number of posts that were initiated after my information was interjected into the thread.
Note the speed with which my aforementioned misdirective dynamic is instituted by a TEAM of cooperating posters