posted on Aug, 29 2010 @ 10:22 AM
ok, lets just jump right in...feel free to add to or debate the list, this is just my personal observation as to what makes or breaks a discussion
DONT call someone a sheep, or sheeple, or any sort of word like that. Just because someone is viewing things differently than you or the subject at
hand does not mean they are being blindly lead...it is a defacto name used by people whom cannot think
DONT use random youtube videos put out by anonymous as proof of anything more than just a cool video. Independence day looked pretty real to me, and
that is what...15 year old technology they used...you cannot believe your eyes, so sources are now important.
DO ask for clarification. If someone makes a rambling post, ask them to explain it better verses assume what they mean..sometimes the deepest
thinkers are crap at articulating their thoughts, especially if they feel they are debating their thoughts.
DONT paint someone with the "bad" brush. You may not like a person's stand on say, politics, and find your at the other end of the spectrum..but
you may be lock step in a religious discussion, or some other area...people are not black or white, and that guy you are ready to punch in the head in
one thread you would gladly have a beer with in another...never assume 100% like minded stands with anyone...thank god.
DONT use emotional responses
DONT overuse sarcasm
DONT use too much slang..these archives will live on the net for awhile and may be research points in years to come, imagine if what we researched on
now had tons of slang of the time...I dont want some author in a serious book to refer to other collegues as cats, or dudes, etc...nobody will think
your somehow less cool if you use proper terms verses the daily dose of -izzle words.
DO use ATS's search function before even creating a thread...if your going to start a thread anyhow, at least reference in your original post some
earlier threads touching onto the subject..create a web of information, not a bunch of disconnected lines.
DONT think that because your account is older somehow means your brain is more developed. The person that is 3 days new here may be right up to par
with a founder.
DO be diplomatic in your debates...this does not mean be politically correct, it means do not try and prop up your argument by tearing down the person
your trying to debate with personally...if you need to resort to that, then you already lost the debate.
DONT make fun of someone believing in something. Hell, some videos or circumstances do seem real or curious...its very easy to start believing in all
sorts of things as there is a core part of humanity that is pretty honest...we attribute things on others what we have in ourselves, and if we are
mostly honest in our dealings, we assume everyone else is also being honest..so ya, that alien video, or the nibiru watch quick film does make many
open their eyes due to a programmed belief that everyone is just sharing truthful information...dont get angry at people or belittle them because they
are at heart, honest people expecting others to be honest...if anything, envy them, they are not as jaded yet
ok, there are more, but I think that is a good start...feel free to ponder these, add to, or debate them...these are not rules of course, they are
just suggestions as to how to post if your wanting others to read your stuff and take you even halfway seriously..