reply to post by crazydaisy
In terms of my own level of transparancy, you will see that although I provide no exacting information as to my location, one can infer from my name,
and from the things I say that I am a proud British citizen. Also, one can infer from the words of others the rough location which a person comes
from, and a measure of thier history from the tone and the content of thier words. Certain attitudes, positions, and levels of insight on certain
matters can suggest, although not confirm, a persons heritage and political leaning which can go some way toward making clear a persons location.
In the cases particularly relating to UFO sightings , it is not unheard of for a member to sight something from thier house, and to provide accurate
descriptions of local topography, landmarks and so on as markers by which they may better examine the course and speed of an object, or provide such
detail so that learned persons may work these things out for them. Usualy speaking, this would mean a persons location would be easy to discern.
As a rule however, a persons location is only relavent in the loosest terms, when involved in a debate. This is because when debating a point, or
putting forward an idea or political position, it is important to do away with such petty things as nationality and prejudice, and concentrate on the
issues at hand. It is all to easy for instance, to assume that a persons political attitude may be aligned to thier nationality in some way. However
assumption and generalisation are unhelpful to unfettered debate on a point, and serves only to cloud futher the already murky depths of the subjects
we oft discuss here on ATS.
Let us assume for instance that I am involved in a conversation on the subject of the Deep Water Horizon outrage. I as a British poster, and others
forgetting that BP are an international company with only the loosest alliegance with Britain as a nation, will take abuse or see the name of my very
nation, dragged through the toxic filth, which takes away from the sound argument (one which I support) that BP and all thier partners in that litany
of failiure, ought to be strung up by the ankles and quatered for thier negligence. The reason the mudflinging associated with my nationality takes
away from the point made, is that it evidences predjudice, which in turn is evidence of ignorance, and points made from a position of ignorance loose
weight and gravitas like a knife victim loosing blood from a severed artery in the neck.
Futher reasons to keep a persons location secret, may be down to the fact that people have been fired from thier jobs , just for being members here.
Its happened before, and will likely happen again. Members of course must feel free to comment on this forum without the fear of being made redundant
over it. Fear of loosing ones livelihood ought not feature in simple debate, and the examination of the many mysteries and oddities we discuss here.
Although the securtity and anonymity provided by ATS is by no means proof against identification by determined parties or individuals, it is I feel ,
important that members are the ones to choose thier level of identifiability, as far as the workings of the site allow. Indeed, that is a feature you
will find on many social networks and discussion forums. The user dictates thier level of visibility in all but a few online circumstances , purely as
a matter of good security in general, and I see no issue on that score with this site in particular.
One last point. There are the rare few who will tell you that they wish to have as little online presence as possible to prevent the powers that be
having easy access to their whereabouts. This is bunkum and twaddle of course, since anyone sufficiently powerful to have a hand in the affairs of
private citizens, almost undoubtedly has the reach to aquire a location on virtualy anyone hooked up to a net capable device, and unless complicated
proxies are involved, and a maze concocted to confuse the hunters , then all thier supposed worry about thier location comes to nought and thier doors
shall be smashed asunder by the stormtroopers they fear ,despite the scanty protection offered by thier anonymous status.
In short, the reasons for the lack of information provided by a poster as to thier location are a matter for the individual themselves, and really
are not the business of anyone to complain about. We are only given the same options as members of other online communities, and therefore I cannot
see a reason to question the lack of information here , more than you would on any other site .