Originally posted by GoodOlDave
First off, I would like to publically apologize to all those who I insulted and made personal attacks against during my time posting here. It was my
own human failing that I was unable to separate logic from emotion and allowed myself to be dragged down to the maturity of a ten year old, and ATS
quite rightly banned my account. They were gratious enough to see that I do post worthwhile material here so they accepted my apology to them and let
me back in. Hats off to them and trust me, I won't make that mistake again.
Now that I'm back on, a huge revelation had occurred to me;
A huge revelation has occurred to me too...
In my post on another thread I mentioned clicking on the New Thread button by mistake thinking it was the New Topics button, and I was met with this
I post a screen capture of it for the benefit of those users (like yourself Dave) with a WATS index higher than 10 who therefore may not get to see
Now again, I notice, even as I begin to reply to this post a line above the text box info that says this:
Any Terms & Conditions infraction in the 9/11 forum may result in the termination of your account without warning.
And so let me get this straight, you were banned but then you apologized and promised never to do it again and were reinstated, is that correct?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my WATS index is still below 10 and I can't (see screen capture above) create any new 9/11 threads.
My revelation thus being, that you getting back on with an apology and a promise makes a complete mockery of the whole 9/11 shutdown and rules
Maybe I should apologize and promise never to do it again and that will drop my WATS index back to before so I can post a new thread in the 9/11
forum! No wait, I never did anything to justify the increase in my WATS index, so that probably won't do any good.
I tell you what, maybe I'd even let you back on too, you know, even after shutting the whole thing down and putting up screens and messages about how
serious everything is, and draconian rules changes, but I'd make YOUR WATS INDEX 1. I mean if you're going to break the rules as soon as they are
implemented why should you be let back on with the full privileges you left with? Just a thought.
One other thing I was thinking about is agendas. It seems to me that a lot of the people who might break the rules and get banned post a lot and been
here a long time and so as a consequence their WATS index (as in your case Dave, it being 57), a lot of these people already have the sufficient
number of WATS to start new threads, now let's just assume for a second that the people up to no good and prone to break the new rules also have an
agenda, you know, one way or the other. Now all they have to do is tone it down and continue to post what they like hilighting their bias or agenda
Meanwhile to counter that... well there is no countering that you see. Let's say some new person with not enough WATS wants to post their bias, their
opinion, their research and findings, well, they can't see. But longstanding posters with more than enough WATS can do as they please.
In your case they can even break the rules and suffer not one whit for it!
Me, I don't understand why there's a WATS restriction on creating new threads in the 9/11 forum, if they are trolling offensive inappropriate
threads that are not contributing to the debate and use of ATS then delete them and ban the people (individually) who create them. How difficult is
that? How difficult would that be to implement or police? Not hard I imagine.
So for me it's ridiculous you see? I am penalized arbitrarily through no fault of my own while a longstanding poster like yourself actually breaks
the rules, actually gets banned, apologizes and promises never to do it again and is let back on with full rights and privileges (like the ability to
create threads) like you never even left.
Welcome back Dave...