Answer: People can decide for themselves, yet they refuse to, due to years of programming by that infernal device called the television. People used to be able to think for themselves, yet now, they seek answers instead of rationalizing for themselves. The motto of ATS is a very addictive MEME, and it permeates more completely the longer an individual spends time here. The more time you spend logged in, and read, the less ignorant you become. Some are thicker than others, and take a bit longer, but over 500 posts, and you begin to see the light.
Obviously, there are no "click your heels together" answers as in The Wizard of OZ, but there is the resolve to help others find answers to their questions. Many here are seasoned members, and with their help, functioning as a community, I see my flaws enhanced by their wisdom. It's only by standing on the shoulders of giants that you can see farther. I learn every time I log in, and my understanding of the world around me is far from complete. My answer would be to realize that there is not enough time in your life to learn everything, so you have to pick a few favorite topics, and go from there. My role as Regent is hollow when compared to the ability to make a post that brings more meaning into a person's life.
Of course not. I am open minded, and will never, nor have ever, ridiculed an individual for making a thread here. If you think you have a realistic image of a ufo and present it here, the membership will decide it's validity. I base my platform on facts, not speculation, though I will admit it is healthy to speculate periodically. It keeps the logical centers in your brain from overruling emotive responses. Sometimes, you just have to say that the picture invokes emotion. You can't always remain a "Spock" in your thinking, you have to be flexible. That's just the way I am.
I was a reader of One Particular Person. He did a video series, which I thought was cool, however bland. He got banned, because of his actions which violated the T&Cs.
It's not totalitarianism at all, it's a privately owned website. There are strict rules in place, for good reason. I've read old threads, and there have been several unsavory events since the conception of ATS, and I will uphold every rule that ATS currently has. Having actually read complete threads from 2005, I have a good understanding of why the T&Cs are in place, and will state for the record that such a system is required. Rules, especially those resulting from past experience, are necessary and fair. It follows closely with my platform, disobey the rules, and suffer the repercussions. I know that ATS is fair, so when they ban a member, it is for a just reason. Sorry, I am, for the member that couldn't conform.
It's an imaginary position that is ceremonial only. I don't get extra anything for being Regent. However, I would be diligent in my usage of the "alert" button, and would remain as I am now, helping others learning, and continuing the efforts of all to make ATS the best forum on the internet.
It's a clever strategy to get candidates to show their true colors. I will say that people need to remain open-minded, and not be polluted with anything that could taint their thinking. If you have an opinion about a candidate, there is no amount of "mud" that can change your own views. To do that is allowing yourself to be manipulated. Honestly, if a candidate has a "smear" campaign, they have every right as I.
Greetings fine reporter! Those of us who have experienced birthdays are well aware of the seriousness of said parties and how they change over the years.As Regent, it would be necessary to give the position all of the seriousness that is important to said parties whether it be the lower numbers filled with balloons and clowns (entertainment for the masses) or the very advanced number filled with clowns and balloons (doctors and heart catheters).
Since I did make the time jump, I have already won the office, the election itself is just a formality. I did jump ahead 4 years into the future and can say that my term was filled with great success where all people were brought together in their individuality and It was celebrated in ways that are unconceivable to us at this time.
From the time jump, I can also confidently say that no wars will happen on my watch, so we need not even concern ourselves with that possibility, thank goodness!
It’s not so much that I have a direct line to God as much as he has a direct line to me. My advice is often solicited by many life forms both corporeal and spiritual on all matters public and private, usually in my own imagination, but that’s beside the point.
Thank you for taking the time to gather important information and disseminate it to the masses!
Hi, as you know, I am currently dealing with a family crisis and am supporting my family as we work to get through this sad time. So, forgive me if my answers are short. As I stated, while I am still on the ballot, I will not have much time, if any, to actively campaign.
But, you took the time to write down these questions, so the least I can do, is offer you my answers, brief, though they may be.
As a mod, I dealt with mud slingers, trolls and down right rude people on a daily basis.You learn to develop a very thick skin. You learn to talk to and discuss the issues with them in a civil but firm manner.
I have always been successful in getting those with a more...stand offish attitude to eventually calm down, and discuss things more rationally.
Like any good diplomat.
This was something I have always prided myself on. Not getting caught up in the anger and being able to deal with people who are, successfully and calmly, reaching a satisfactory conclusion for all parties.
The thing is, you simply can't let the mud slinging affect you personally. An ATS Regent must have thick skin as they will be dealing with happy people, angry people and everything in between.
In my experience here on ATS, I have learned not to take anything personally, which helps me to stay calm, remain unbiased and civil as we work together to reach common ground.
The same way I always have. From the day I first joined, I have strived to be civil and honest with each of my fellow members in every post and thread I write. I am proud of the fact that I have been able to carry on, honest and calm debates, until both sides have reached a conclusion
Different opinions does not equate to arguing and fighting. The key to finding the solution to a problem is taking your knowledge, questioning it, answering the challenge of others in a civil way and working together, considering all view points, until the optimal solution has been reached.
The key to finding solutions, is examining other peoples mind sets and working with them to find it. If you do not keep an open mind and exchange of ideas, no satisfactory solution can ever be reached.
Which is why,if I am elected ATS regent, I will gladly welcome all ideas, opinions and thoughts and will work together with the people of ATS, to create a better and happier community.
Well, I am unsure of the reason why certain people were banned. In my experience and opinion, the moderators and admin here at ATS, have always been and remain, unbiased. They come from all walks of life, religion, backgrounds and belief systems.
It is a great set up to avoid bias and bully mods... They are chosen for having a reputation of being honest, unbiased and a great advocate ( Which is why I was asked to be a mod)
So, I am led to believe, that if they were banned, the staff had a fair reason to do so, keeping in mind, I do not know the specifics of the case. I can only work with what I do know, which is that in my experience, we have always had a great and unbiased staff.
As for ATS staff not talking about it. This is very understandable to me. They have always had a stance of not talking about actions taken against other people. If you are not directly involved, they feel it is not your concern.
I do not consider that totalitarian. I consider it privacy and respect for the person who was actioned against. If you broke the rules and got banned for it...You might not appreciate the whole world knowing what you did to get banned.
If people wants people to know why they were banned, I figure, they will tell others themselves. But again, I do not know the specifics of this case, so I must speak using my experience as a moderator.
As for how I would deal with people complaining and wanting to know why they were banned. I would be bound by the T&C of ATS. Something I have great respect for.
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As this is a ceremonial position, there would be not much I could do in order to get this information. If the people wanted it, I would ask for it, of course. But I can tell you right now, the staff will say something along the lines of " Sorry, but you were not directly involved in this case, so we cannot tell you".
Unsatisfactory for some of you, I am sure. But I have to work within the T&C as we all do and I assure you, I would do everything I could, to satisfy my fellow members.
That depends on who is involved in the war. If it were countries such as... Iran and Saudi Arabia. I would stay out of it. It is high time, the US and other countries quit getting involved in the fights of everyone else.
I took a firm stance stating that each country needs to bring it's troops home, build up and protect our own borders. Countries such as the US, for example are more than capable of protecting it's interests now, with out risking human life.
Diplomacy is key here. I would rather send diplomats with words, than soldiers with guns. Much more effective. Through my means, we would be much more likely to achieve peace....
I see this seat as being a representative and advocate for my fellow members. I would not consider the seat or myself superior to any other member.I would not be...More or less, I would be the chosen ceremonial speaker of my fellow members.
I saw one person suggesting that who ever earns the title of Regency, be referred to as "Your Regency". This would not be the case with me. Because again, I would not be in a superior position. I would be a fellow member, who was chosen to be the sort of.....Symbol...Speaker for the people.
My job would be to listen to the people, hear all sides, work together with the people to create a solution for any given issue and once that solution is made, I help to put it into action.
ATS Regent is nothing with out his/her fellow members...That is something each candidate needs to remember, always.
Not at all. I have always considered myself "Just another member". I have always worked hard to be honest, civil and accurate and that will not change should I win this election.
To be honest, I had one member write to me and say " you're one of the popular members". Which really, was news to me. I never thought of myself as popular.
I am only what my fellow members make of me. I have said from the beginning to our voters, do not make this into a popularity contest. This is not about names, popularity or who has the coolest hair cut.
Cast friendship and name recognition aside. That is a mere distraction. Study the stance and platform of each candidate and use THAT to decide, who you feel is best for the job.
Personally, I happen to think I am the best for the job, but at the end of the day, that is for the people to decide, and I know that the will of the people will prevail.
Thank you for giving me the chance to answer your questions and for hearing me out. I truly appreciate it. If you have any more questions, I will do my best to answer them and will do so gladly.
I wish each of my opponents good luck and a happy campaign.
peace and love
Originally posted by jplaysguitar
this is awsome i love the professional take on it OB
lyou should interview beezer about hosting the platformanouncments thread..
I love it nice break from hum-drum yada yada
Originally posted by Destinyone
reply to post by OpinionatedB
As a member of the Self Appointed Independent Observers Cartel. I Wish to Thank You for assuming this arduous task of interviewing the prospective candidates for ATS Regent.
So far, your in-depth expose' of Candidates Druid42, and PurpleChitin, have shown this observer, how uniquely qualified you are for your self appointed position, as the only fair and balanced Political Correspondent for all aspects of ATS Regent Elections.
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wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh ("Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings)
bismillah ir rahman ir raheem , ( in the name of ALLAH the most merciful most gracious ) i would say that dealing with the constant disinformation about Islam , one would have to maintain a fair mind , otherwise it would lead to destruction indeed
I would Advocate for the citizens of Islam, and be balanced with the world outside of Islam , At this point there have been no talks of implementing Sharia law, Inshallah ( God Willing ) we will draw a conclusion soon
the Prophet (PBUH) said that a Muslim must say on the Straight Path, He (saw) also said their will be many paths in Islam. I understand this, and I understand the mindset of the Prophet PBUH, and if He were in my position he would "say Islam is Islam, a Muslim is a Muslim" ," they are your brothers and sisters" " so treat them as such, and if they are not your brothers in faith they are your brothers in humanity"
alhamdulillah!! ( praise to god )
Inshallah (god willing ) when the time is right ! i urge all the brothers and sister out their on ATS to join me in this JIHAD! (struggle) so that we may bring truth to the people who have been fed disinformation about Islam and our Prophet PBUH ! , i cannot bare this struggle alone ! stand with me ! oh people of ALLAHU!!! i will not fail you ! With the blessing of ALLAHU ! we will over come this Jihad !!!! ALLAHU ACKBAR!!!!!!!! ALLAHU ACKBAR!!!!!!!! ALLAHU ACKBAR!!!!!!!!
Originally posted by Druid42
I must say, OB, you are filling the role of Press Correspondent quite nicely. You have brought a whole new aspect to this election.
I enjoyed the interview, and the opportunity to express my views. It was a pleasure to take a break out of my busy campaign schedule to be able to answer your questions, and hopefully it will allow the voters to get a better view of all the candidates.
How do I see ATS regent with me in the seat? Quite simply, a strong voice of reason, some thing we may be lacking in our community, of course we all think for our selves, but we've been falling apart lately, and we all know it!
We know there's no quality to our posts no more! Heck, I've made ten threads out of boredom in the past.. Have we've all been guilty of it!
But no, now its time we all bucked up, and tried doing something useful with our keyboard fingers, and little brain cells.
Its high time adult discussion was the main priority of ATS! Starting with *deep politics*... Something direly avoided on ATS in general, we all like to pretend we know what were talking about, but actually many do not.
We should promote deeper thinking and investigation on ATS.
That's the ATS I would promote as Regent.
Do I think I am an unbiased leader for ATSers? Yes, I imagine so, there nothing intruigingly special about me, but I do have the uncanny ability to find common denominators, and think in an even rational manner.
I have no bias that touch upon politics. I way the pros and cons, and back the best.
Virtual wars in ATS world? Erm... Depending on whether its healthy or not (no physical harm can come so...) Let them battle it out in an *adult* and reasonable manner, if the conversations or virtual wars get to harsh, regular TnCs take place
Am I a voice of feminism? Erm. Possibly. In a sense. I'm for equal rights. If I see areas in life where discrimination occurs, ill defend our rights. I find sexism is irksome, you cannot ever escape certain aspects of it, a guys *always* gunna have a penis, and he'll *always* remind you of it, it really is a primitive aspect of the male mind, its integrated into them, so I don't let it bother me so much. Its when that sexism, say, stops you getting that promotion, like FIFA for example, sexism is a HUGE issue, I feel strongly about that, because its sexism with intent. And yet still highly domineering and primitive.
What are the main problems with ATS? Touchy subject. Let's just say having the *most* moderator staff on an online forum has its pros and cons. Pros, its a generally a polite, well mannered board, free from in ya face wierdos.
That said, there's actually quite a lot of tabboo subjects on ATS, I have to think twice before making certain threads in fear of the mods cracking down on me. Its just a bit strange to think I can't post what I want, subject ways.
Maybe that's just me?
And as stated above, the lack of decent content on the site, this is surely due to the huge number of members, and the general feel of the forum. But it is worrying that I'm often straying from ATS to read more educational items
As for the mud slinging, let it commence!
Nearly falling asleep, so I apologise for any mistakes.