Right, some of you ATS members are now going to throw one of your famous tantrums and throw your teddy in the corner.
But to me this is an interesting topic for discussion. Discussion for the serious debater, not the immature.
We all come to ATS for varying reasons, to read interesting things, to ask certain questions that would otherwise be ridiculed, to seek some form of
clarity and to participate in ranging discussions on a variety of subjects.
I have been reading the threads on ATS for some years. Nearly since it started. Now ATS has expanded to the size it is, it has brought with it a level
We have SOME "old timers" who think they are something special, putting down people who are otherwise a bit naive, thinking they can rule the roost
because they are "invisible", being brash and outright insulting to some. We have new members who have come here to "fight", basically just on here to
take the pee out of people who value this type of site. Then we have the "middleweights" those who choose to make outlandish claims (so ridiculous)
and let it stand because they are "hidden" from the world. It would also stop a small few of the moderators from branding people without due course or
for having an opinion that differs from theirs.
I think everyone should be required to use their own name and pay a $1 dollar a year fee (that is [snip] all) to register by credit or debit card
through paypal. This will make signing up to this site and using this site a bit more authentic and carry a bit more weight to those who look on from
afar. Plus it will be harder for banned people to return countless times and cause more havoc.
This will do a number of things. Weed out a lot of the fake profiles, make people a little more honest when it comes to stupid claims or presenting
fakery, will make people behave in a much more decent manner and will stop SOME (not all) of the craziness that comes with people being able to hide.
Its easy to be the "BIG MAN" when cowering behind the protection of something else.
I know most will be shouting insults right about now, but debating or discussion is only as valid as the debater. The owners of the site are NOT
hiding, their info is everywhere all over the net. The two conspiracy girls are easy to trace and other former guests like Lear are not faceless
It would create a level playing field in the field of truth. Presenting yourself as the real you would make people think more about their answers,
their questions and their conduct. This could be rolled out for everyone. If the ATS site owners are afraid of losing their fan base, then the site
can never be taken seriously. Scientist publish their names on their publications in order to establish their work and if their work is sub standard
then it can also tarnish their name. This too me is great. People on here would have to really research and adopt a more professional approach to
these subject. There are a lot of downsides to this, however that is the case when trying to bring such things to the mainstream.
I think this site would carry MORE wight if people were not anonymous completely. It would add a whole never level of class and education to the
subjects on ATS.
There is NO real reason to hide. Unless you are a paid disinfo agent, a government official trying to blend in, a person seeking to disrupt or someone
without honest intentions. NO one is forced to be here. If you are not supposed to be here then don't be. BUT stop hiding as your voice does not carry
the weight of a person willing to stand up and fight, face exposed to the world.
I would like people to talk about this in a civilized way. I know not everyone will like this topic and I agree it has its drawbacks, but for me, the
idea of these topics being given some real credence is one to pursue. However, with everyone to afraid to speak in person these topics will forever
remain something for the movies among the wider population.
So please discuss this. Am I wrong to even suggest this?
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