posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 08:34 PM
The whining on this site never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes it feels like I'm trapped in a pre-school day care center where all the children are
crying bloody murder, "What's mine is mine! What's yours is mine! Everything is mine, mine, mine! And if you don't give me what I want I'm going
to stomp about and scream and shout and call you a bunch of names, umm, like this new word I learned; Hypocrite. Yeah! That's what I'll call you, a
hypocrite. Take that ATS! That will teach you!"
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I've heard it all before. In fact, I've heard it on a daily basis. Just line up to get your diapers changed. You'll feel better
when you're not so wet and icky. But I'll tell ya what I'm gonna do. I will personally refund every dime any complainer has paid to ATS for the
(cough) "right" to be here. Just send a receipt to me that proves you paid ATS cold hard cash, and you'll receive a complete refund, no questions
Now, let's talk about this.
"My free speech rights are being violated by ATS!"
No, they are not. You don't have "free speech rights" at ATS. Must I explain it to you, again? How many friggin' times do we have to go over this?
The First Amendment, in all its glory, enjoins Congress (and only Congress) from curtailing your rights to free speech. This means that you have the
right to set up a soapbox in a public, tax-supported park and rail away about whatever you want. Have at it. But if someone throws an egg or a tomato
at you, hey. That's free speech, too.
"It's not FAIR that I can't talk about whatever I want to!"
As any parent knows, "It's not fair" really means "I don't agree." If you do not agree with the rules of the house, move out. Start your own
site. Many have tried. Many have failed. But go for it. Keep that spirit alive! If you're so smart and so right, you can't possibly fail!
"I generated this content. Without ME you are nothing, therefore this site is MINE!"
Actually, um, no. The posts you make here? They're still yours, but you granted ATS a non-exclusive right to do with them as they see fit. You gave
your rights away when you signed up. And kids? This is legal. You signed a contract. You agreed to it. You're of sound mind and body, right? After
all, every single one of you thinks he or she has a superior intellect. So it's not as if you didn't understand. You did so willingly. Too bad. Get
Oh, and about this being YOUR site. That's laughable. You won't be missed if you leave. Trust me. Even if Phage left, people would just say, WTH
happened to Phage? Oh, he left. OK. Next?
OK, so what should you do? I just have a simple suggestion. I humbly request that YOU concentrate on making posts and threads that are a) factually
accurate, b) documented, and c) interesting to the rest of us so that we might all learn something together. That actually happens a fair amount
around here. There's some real gold amongst the BS we have to wade through, which includes all the complainers doing their inevitable whining
complaints. But as to those folks?
Go away, kid. You bother me.