posted on Jul, 5 2011 @ 09:24 PM
I'm sorry, but while there may not be a "conspiracy" that all the moderators are CoIntelPro, CIA, secret alien agents with intent to disrupt
people's thoughts, etc., it is still pretty obvious that some bungling of moderator powers does go on.
ATS is a site that, in my experience, uses total post deletions quite frequently, and where people have more incentive to "team up" as it were, to
aid discussions in their favor; more common than some sites. I've seen it a lot, and so have others. It happens, as it's too easy to abuse moderator
powers on this site. I've seen stuff like "Extreme T&C Violations" handed out for things that were clearly not, and a simple pattern could be
measured in any given thread where the removals were all of the same opinion, i.e., an opinion abrasive to the moderator's own.
It's not a conspiracy to me, it's rather just disappointing, and a bit childish at times. Some days are better, some days make me want to stop
coming to ATS. ATS has the pros of being more civil and professional than others, such as GLP, which I haven't touched because sociopaths and
craziness run amok there, but it also has the con of being too far on the "control" spectrum.
I walk into some threads where I have no idea what is being discussed because there are tens to hundreds of post-deletions. It is a bit childish at
times, because we all agree to be adults to enter this site, and I don't feel like an adult when I'm led to feel as if a "select few peers" decide
what I should or should not see. It's very easy for moderators or simple 'collaborators' (it happens, people do it whether you like to think so or
not) to manipulate threads in their favor. It starts with a perfectly-timed disruption, and ends in a total post-deletion minefield and the thread is