posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 06:58 PM
Privacy is a very important concern for many of our members, including me. The ability to express controversial opinions without fear of retaliation
is the only thing that allows most of us to overcome the reluctance to post.
ATSers live all over the world. Some of us live in countries where they could be harassed, prosecuted or even killed for sharing their honest opinions
here. I don't think they are going to want to disclose anything that can lead to that.
What's nice about ATS is that you only need to provide an account name and an email address to register. No other personal information is needed, and
that email address can be from any service, including services that exist specifically to protect identities, and isn't made public.
No member here is required to provide any sort of personal information to anyone else, posting personal information such as real names, addresses,
phone numbers etc. is prohibited, interrogating members for personal information (aside from nearly always being
) is also inappropriate and, if it rises to the level of
harassment or abuse, may result in suspension or termination of posting privileges for the offender.
The bottom line is the only thing that should
matter is that we are all ATSers, and all entitled to express our opinions.
If someone wants to declare their nationality or volunteer other kinds of information about themselves, that's their business.
If not, then it's not anyone's business.