Originally posted by intrepid
This forum has become a cesspool of bickering and trolling. This is coming to an end. The change is not to the rules but an enforcement of them as some members are unable to post without causing disruption. Threads that have no conspiracy angle will be moved to Faith, unless they are disruptive, then they will be removed. The threads in Faith will be given the same treatment.
I'm sure there will be calls of "censorship" but these action will be taken against Deist and Atheist threads/posts alike. The staff wishes that these actions didn't have to take place but the disruption has been going on for too long with some NOT listening to the staff, who's responsibility is to the site for ALL members and visitors alike. Not just the few standing on soap boxes bickering. This is to let EVERYONE know what is going to take place in this forum. It is non-negotiable.
ATS is a place for intelligent debate. This forum was one in the past. It will be again. Most will applaud this action and that is the reason that is has to be done. We look forward for it to be one once again.
Originally posted by Tearman
In theses kind of forums, disagreement drives site activity. Maybe these kinds of arguments get ugly, but that doesn't stop people from getting involved. In fact, I think it encourages them to join in. People are more likely to join a contentious conversation than a tame one, in order to defend a point of view or to object to another they see as ludicrous.
Look at post counts in topics that involve a spirited argument, vs the ones where no major debates crop up. I don't want to encourage rude behavior, but the debate should carry on.
Anyway, the summary of my opinion is that limiting spirited debate is going to lose traffic to the site.
Also, what exactly is meant by "a cesspool of bickering and trolling. This is coming to an end" It isn't really specified in the OP what behavior is being discouraged.
edit on 14-2-2012 by Tearman because: (no reason given)