reply to post by DavidWillts
Dos centavos: Lots of back and forth banter approaching the let's "beat-a-dead-horse" some more...
My only suggestion would be to read the ATS T&Cs. If you wish to participate in this forum, you should abide by the rules. If the rules, by your own
value system, seem arbitrary, coercive, unfair, counter-productive, disingenuous, or anything else not to your liking, simply do not "enter" the room,
i.e., do not participate, and go elsewhere where the 'rules' are more to your liking.
Alternatively, you may wish to consider developing your own forum, make your own rules, and then invite others to participate. I myself may stop in
for a look around, and, if welcomed and continually intriguing content compels me to stay and participate, I may do so. Otherwise, I'll excuse myself
and return to another "party" where I have been invited to participate (as long as I play by the rules).
To me, this is not such a complex and disengaging concept as some here are making it out to be.
Instead of over-thinking the proposal, simply ask yourself: Do I like it here? Can I learn something I may not have seen elsewhere or think I can
find it here easier? Are there others here that I can engage in a thoughtful discourse with while everyone remains (relatively) civil? Is there
someone "in charge" to keep things organized, orderly, and constructive while being careful to not discourage free-thinking?
If the answers to the above are affirmative (or mostly so), come on in for a spell! HaveFun, Mingle, Think, Engage.
If the answers are negative (or mostly so), then do not enter, do not participate, find another place that better meets your expectations.
Consequently - I'm off to my favorite 'rooms' in the ATS-Partyhouse (Fragile Earth, Breaking Alternative News, and, of course, Aliens and UFO's).
Yum. Maybe we can hook-up there to ponder some conundrum together? No? That's ok too...
Everyone else - please take care, and ...keep looking up!
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