posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 12:57 PM
This is not at all unusual, a weekly, even daily rant about the site POSTED ON THE SITE ITSELF, i.e.: Tolerated with amazing grace. Here this time we
have a newbie of a month's duration telling us all how the site should be run, what the site is all about, ad nauseum. The very fact that this rant
is still here should tell you something. So let's talk about a couple of the issues here: Free speech and the "deterioration of the site."
First, free speech. You don't have it in the venues you think you do. It is not your "right." The US Constitution, as well as various other works
of literary art associated with governments around the world, enjoins said governments from placing barriers to your free speech. This basically means
that you can get on your soapbox IN A PUBLIC VENUE, i.e.: a commons owned by the people, and say whatever you want. This doesn't mean you can disturb
the peace. It doesn't mean you can yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater. It doesn't mean that other people must tolerate your obnoxious behavior, and
it does not guarantee you an audience.
Needless to say, ATS is privately owned and privately funded. You do not contribute to its funding except insofar as you make the unlikely step of
clicking on an ad and actually buying something that motivates the retailer to continue buying ads. Then you may feel a soft goal in knowing that you
are "helping" ATS, though the amount of help has to be infinitesemal.
Given your near total lack of support, you do not have a say in how this site is run. Get over yourselves because the fact is, you're not that
important. Personally I resent people who come on here and within days start ranting about the site and what they SHOULD be allowed to do and what
everyione else, some of whom who have been here for years, SHOULD act.
Now let's talk about the 'deterioration of the site.' The only real reason it has deteriorated is because you are now here. Yes, really. The site
has grown tremendously and with that have come growing pains. It used to be, several years ago, that you could actually have a serious and rational
discussion on this site. Oh, it could become contentious, but if there was an objective issue out there, you could depend on people to bring some
concerted effort to the table to try to figure it out. People would actually provide evidence, citations, and documentation.
Now what do we get. "I had this dream. Do you think I'm a prophet?" "I asked this girl out six times and on the seventh time I got arrested for
stalking by this horrible police state!" "The reptilians ate my baby and stole my soul!" "I should be able to swear if I want to!" "Let's start
a revolution!" In other words, the signal to noise ratio is higher than it used to be and this is a direct consequence of the growth of the site.
Also, the overall maturity level has digressed.
My recommendations for this site include MORE moderators so that one could be on hand nearly all the time on every forum, and a STRICTER
interpretation of T&C's. There's no reeason a "Let's start a revolution!" thread should be allowed to stand for more than a few minutes. I have
in the oast been mildly critical of uneven moderation. It's inevitable, but once in awhile you have someone who is quite anal in his or her approach
and crosses the boundaries, but I can't see that it happens often and it is certainly not policy.
My recommendation for people who believe this site has "sold out!" is for you to simply leave. You're obviously not happy here. Either start your
own site or find one more to your liking. Frankly, I doubt that is possible because other sites have their own issues and they are usually closer to
the surface than this one. Would that be so hard to just leave?