I can understand your ire at this state of affairs, but there are very good reasons for the manner in which ATS works as a site.
First of all, this site is a place where the denial of ignorance is part of the ethos of the site. There are plenty of people here who have minds
which are open to all sorts of interesting subject matter, angles of approach, and spend thier entire existance outside the box. Hell, they arent even
in the same post code as the box, and there is nothing wrong with that.
However, that does not mean that this site is without healthy doses of realists, and that can only be a good thing. You see , there are people here
also, who have the capacity and the subject matter understanding, to point out logical fallacy in an argument, and refocus a discussion along a more
intellectually, and factualy valid route than the one it was originaly set upon. This is NOT wrong. Wrong would be to wave a complete waste of board
space through as a genuinely valid discussion, to not point out when someone has clearly missed the point of a theorum or ideal that they are bashing.
Here is a fantastic example:
Someone starts a thread which is biased away from reason , say containing information provided by the master of falsehood, Alex Collier. Even though
everyone with functioning synapses is aware that his prattle is more bogus than a three dollar bill in the hand of a man selling the Eiffel Tower, no
one may comment against the premise discussed, without being bashed. Thats outrageous. It must never happen this way.
The fact is, any reasonable argument, can stand up to logical examination. If the argument cannot stand up to logic, science, math, or any of the
other tools of examination by which mankind assesses his reality , then the initial argument has no validity or weight to it, and ought , in fairness
to be dismissed , rather than be allowed to continue unchallenged.
In short, the motto of the website is "Deny Ignorance" . It is not "Throw yourself with gay abandon down every intellectual cul de sac that you come
across, without challenge or rebuke".
That also means that the membership are not FORCED to read posts that disagree or differ in opinion from those which suit the mode of thinking of a
given reader. The option to leave is always there. But to gain anything from this site and the interactions of the members, it is vital to read BOTH
angles , or in some cases ALL angles of approach, to ones taste or not, before comming to conclusions. If you steel your mind against the input of
others, you are wasting your time here anyway. The opposing veiws must be presented, without bias, for the benifit of all who read a thread, and to
ensure that equal say is had by all parties, and is equally read by the membership.
Flagging certain posts as somehow negative will mean that those with entrenched (and horrifically flawed) thinking on certain subject matter, will
undoubtedly ignore posts that do not agree with thier attitude. Equally , posters who are firmly in the debunker camp will ignore anything that doesnt
come with a triplicate proof of authenticity from a proffessor from each corner of the globe. The site will end up in two halves, with no meeting in
The way ATS works now, is the best way it can work.
edit on 4-10-2011 by TrueBrit because: Forgot to add some stuff. Its there now.