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Under your proposed "red flag" system, those people would be silenced, making the masses even more gullible and easy to indoctrinate with crap.
Therefore, i must vote NO to your proposal.
Originally posted by Bkrmn
reply to post by Glargod
Well Mr/Ms Perfect, I personally think this a terrific site and that you should come down off your high horse and try enjoying all aspects of it! If I see what in my own opinion is a touch of humour in whatever I happen to be reading, I will sometimes add my own two cents worth as long as I'm not hurting anyone, especially the op.
If you want to complain about something, perhaps your energies would be much better spent on more important issues than a few folk posting things you personally don't like!
It's a shame we can't have a spot where we could truly put into practice what is supposed to be "Freedom Of Speech", but no doubt this would cause more than a couple of unwanted problems for the site owners.
Now having said all this I do see your point regarding certain cases, but still not bothersome enough to complain about them. Perhaps if I didn't have what I consider "real issues" to worry about, I would join you in your protests....naahhh!
Originally posted by CosmicEgg
Please all of you read this article in Scientific American first. How much is it worth silencing unorthodox viewpoints when you might just be muting the very stuff of a site like this? If you want to read the same old crap, there are lots of places for that. In fact, I'd really like to see a lot more open-mindedness here. This is a little too conservative lately. Conspiracy site as long as you mind your Ps and Qs.
You know, when I came to this site a few years ago, most of what I said was scoffed at at best and otherwise downright ridiculed, insultingly so quite often. Now I see those same thoughts expressed by more and more people here. I would have got a lot of thumbs down or anti-stars. I still would because I'm still pushing people to move beyond the box. It's not well-tolerated at first, but the ideas spread bit by bit. Would you silence change? Why even have a site like this if not to broaden minds? And who says what is trolling and what is actually forward thinking? How would such a system differentiate?
Originally posted by Blarneystoner
reply to post by Glargod
Oh yes... by all means... let's single out anyone with a dissenting point of view so that the mods can quickly weed out the rotten apples. Then we can just all agree with each other and life will be so much better!
Maybe we should all wear the same outfits as well...
I was thinking that perhaps, members should be given the opportunity to give a nasty "red flag" to posts that are offensive, derogatory, idiotic, anti social, or the like. Posts that are within ATS guidelines and aught not to be removed to preserve "free speech" but that are in essence a poison to the contribution of information within any and all forum threads.