posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 05:26 PM
OK, I'm not much of a rant-type person, but I have to bring this up. Lately, my visits on ATS have actually made me angry. Not because I have read
about things in the world that are unjust, but because some of the posters have been downright snippy and rude.
Rudeness begets rudeness, and I must admit I have fired back in anger. If it wasn't for the strict T&C rules, I would have called them every name in
the book. However this is exactly the type of thing which not only derails threads, but causes bad feelings all around. Many of us have done it, and
of course there is the temptation to get snippy or subtly make fun of another poster with a judgmental statement followed by the laughing out loud
face. What do you hope to accomplish by making fun of another poster? Are you trying to show that you are so much smarter and more superior? How
does that advance our knowledge and help the online community? Are you so bereft of self-esteem that you have to get your good feelings by trouncing
on others and trying to make them look stupid?
The chemtrail / geoengineering threads are the worst. They have gotten downright ugly lately. The posters who try and put forth their opinions,
backed by what they feel is proof, are slammed and ridiculed by some of those who do not believe they exist. For those who do not believe, why do you
go on those threads?
I myself have slammed somebody who wrote a post that basically said that God hates gays and that should settle the argument because it's in the
bible. I feel bad that I did that, but I can't take it back now. I should have left the thread instead of launching a full attack.
I was attracted to this site because it makes people behave, and expects people to post things in a concise and courteous manner. This is starting to
unravel, and I consider myself to be guilty of falling into the trap of fighting back in a way that is not constructive. I had somebody today slam me
because my husband day trades for a living, saying that we were part of the problem and were doing nothing constructive or of real value, without
knowing anything about our situation or why we are doing what we do. The incredible gall really made me angry, and I don't need to get pissed off
when I come to ATS over something so stupid. Apparently, all the retirement funds, 401Ks and investment portfolios of the rich and middle class are
bringing down America.
May I suggest that everybody remember to be polite, courteous and constructive with any criticism about a post? If you don't agree with a thread,
you can indicate this without being mean, snippy or insulting. If you don't believe in a phenomenon or conspiracy, stay away from those threads if
you cannot add your voice without creating dissent and hurt feelings. And, for God's sake, please do not judge the other poster as an individual
without knowing a damned thing about them. Assume that we are all good people on this site, that we all have important things to say, and this is a
forum for discussion and occasional disagreement over the issues. Let's keep it civil so we can all enjoy it, because if this continues and I keel
over from a heart attack because I got mad as hell, I will be coming back to haunt you!
Thank you for reading. End of rant.