As most of you know, the election cycle here in the United States in about to go into overdrive.
So, too, will the passionate debate (if one can call it that currently...) here on ATS over which candidate is the best, and which one is the Beast.
Which brings me to the point of this little thread...
The staff has, along with many regular members, grown increasingly disturbed over mounting amounts of trolling on the political forums from BOTH sides
of the political spectrum.
Frankly? We're sick to death of it, and have reached a consensus over what to do about it.
A crackdown is going to begin shortly on trolls, and their behaviour.
Personal attacks, both subtle and overt. Snarky commentary. Euphemisisms used in a derogatory fashion. Anything designed to instigate conflict, rather
than discussion. These are going to stop. Fair warning.
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that is counterproductive to maintaining the ideals set forth in the Terms and Conditions of Use and the Terms and Conditions of
Read these pertinent sections, along with the rest of the Terms and Conditions, folks. Refamiliarize yourself with the rules of conduct here.
ATS has always been dedicated to the free exchange of ideas, and the discussion of same.
It is, most certainly, not dedicated to scoring cheap idealistic points in some vapid game of one upsmanship.
From here on, until election day in November, and almost certainly beyond, passions will run deep, and flame hot, and we wouldn't have it any other
We will also have politeness, and civil behaviour, right along with our passions.
Passion in ones ideology need not include verbal jabs, name calling, or any other behaviour inteded to belittle others, or do injury to them.
If, in the process of debating/arguing your points, you find yourself getting angry? Step Away From The Keyboard. Go grab a fave beverage, or go for a
walk. Do not bring it to the boards, and take it out on your fellow members. Log out if need be, and come back tomorrow. Whatever it takes to keep
your temper in check.
The days of trolling ATS are coming to an end, folks.
Fair warning given. Please heed it.
edit on 11/22/2011 by seagull because: (no reason given)