Do we really have to go through the same thing every time someone gets banned?
Do we really have to see posts from the same April Fools joke of 2004 every time someone gets banned?
If you possess even the most minimal of technical knowledge you can easily recognize that our April Fools joke of 2004 containing the supposed "IP
Addresses" leading to the CIA isn't even in the correct format. Those aren't properly formatted IP addresses. Why? Because when ATS was a far
smaller community we (the staff) used to have VERY popular pranks on April Fool's day and on Halloween. We don't anymore, primarily because of
episodes like this.
Why would the staff put effort into creating something fun when EIGHT YEARS later it's still used by disgruntled banned members to "prove" something.
It proves nothing. It proves that someone got banned and is upset. Instead of contacting us and discussing it like a normal human being, some people
decide to make accusations, threats and hilarious videos.
So, we're going to establish a few facts here, and then I'm going to close this thread for a few hours to make sure that the official statement of ATS
can be read and digested before other comments flood in behind it.
Official ATS Statement number 1
ATS has grown into what it is today because we enforce our Terms and Conditions in order to protect the integrity of this site, and maintain a venue
for civil discussion. This will not change, ever, regardless of whether or not our policies offend someone. This is how we do it on our site. Not
every site is a perfect fit for every person. If our policies are seen by you as the worst thing you've ever seen, please do not feel forced to post
here. We will never compromise on the rules we have established for this community.
Official ATS Statement number 2
Attacks on specific members and threats against specific members are met with zero tolerance on ATS. That includes members of our volunteer staff.
Our staff of volunteers are ALL members first and came from the general membership. They are still entitled to the same privacy and protection that
ALL members are entitled to. Every member of staff, myself included, joined this community as a member (with the exception of the site's founder
Simon Gray, obviously). In the T&C it clearly states that threats against members are not tolerated, and this most certainly extends to those members
who assist this community day in and day out. Threatening a member of ATS, staff or otherwise, will be met with an immediate account termination.
The bottom line is this: ATS is a discussion forum that has grown over the years because we do our best to provide a CIVIL environment for people to
exchange ideas. We have NEVER claimed to be a perfect fit for everyone, and that's perfectly fine because everyone is different. However, we will
never change our policies, our beliefs, or our mission because of the rantings of those who don't like us.
If you want to work out an issue, we have many avenues of contact available for you. Threats are not one of them. Regardless of what format they
come in. Emails, voicemails, spammed posts, videos made with $20 video software and even the smooth tones of Microsoft Sam. We are who we are, warts
and all, and no amount of spoofs, insults, threats, or videos is going to change that. Ever.
I'll reopen this in a few hours when cooler heads have prevailed.
edit on Apr 19th 2012 by Djarums because: (no reason given)