Unjustified Frivolous Objections
reply to post by Unidentified_Objective
The quest for misunderstanding continues...
As has been pointed out ad nauseam, from the very first post in this thread right up to this one, and repeatedly ignored by an astounding number of
members, skepticism is quite welcome in the Aliens & UFOs, now, as always, ever and anon.
All ATSers are invited and encouraged to share their candid opinions about any topic discussed in this forum, pro, con or indifferent, and no one is
ever expected to agree to any opinion they disagree with. Many of us, myself included, are professed skeptics and loathe to accept any claim without
convincing, credible evidence to support it. We expect no less of anyone else, and certainly will not give anyone grief for expressing skepticism
about any subject.
What is not welcome here, or anywhere else on ATS for that matter, are ad hominem
or any of the other odious behavior that all too
often results in account bans. That's what this thread is about, as even the most casual review of the OP and thread body will quickly confirm.
The reason "debunkers" have been specifically mentioned has to do with the overwhelming preponderance of problems which result when some individuals
take it upon themselves to insult, harass and ridicule people who come to the Aliens & UFOs forum to discuss -- *gasp* -- aliens and UFOs. It's a
real problem that we have to deal with on a continual basis.
Whatever one's opinions about the topics discussed or their credibility, such behavior is never appropriate for any reason whatsoever, which is why
there are so many reminders about it.
Members come to these forums to talk about subjects that they can't discuss in many other venues precisely because of such harassment. If we were to
allow it to take place unchallenged, we might as well shut the forum down. Rather than let a minority of ill-behaved members do that, we prefer to
defend the forum instead and correct such misconduct as required.
Any argument in favor of allowing anyone to ridicule, ostracize, insult or abuse any member for any reason is absolutely unacceptable, and such
activity leads rapidly away from continued participation in our forums. Because we are often faced with ignorance as a defense when we call such
misbehavior to account, we do our best to ensure such ignorance is denied before trouble arises.
I find it amazing that such a basic expectation as courtesy
stiff opposition from some members. It's irrational and incompatible with basic norms for civil discourse.
Perhaps most ironically of all, and as this thread amply illustrates, the case for self-justified rudeness in this forum has already been thoroughly,
extensively and exhaustively debunked.