Originally posted by machinist47
reply to post by bknapple32
Dude! what part don't you get about NOT controlling others? If you think that it is not worth reading or discussing fine!!! DON'T READ IT OR
COMMENT!!! JUST DISMISS IT!!! The world isn't about weather you accept or aprove of it. If you think it is bogus, wich you already stated, why isn't
that enough for you? There are alot of CT's here that are extremely laughable, but as you claim, it is lunacy, and if you have the intellect to
distiguish the difference, then why not just personally dismiss it? That's all I'm asking? Your op title is "A call to end the insanity regarding
conspiracy theories of the Newtown shootings" wich is clearly trying to supress other peoples thoughts, opinions and idea's, wich clearly is
censorship!!! Alot of CT's that have been proven to be true started out as a mere coincidence or suspition without any hard proof! Should they have
been dismissed right off just because someone thought there was no difinitive proof at the time? If that's the case, not one CT wold have ever be
proven true!!! I don't understand your comment about back in the day on ATS it wasn't like this! BS!!! I have been a regular visitor of this site many
years before you were a member, and the stuff your ranting about went on then too!!!
Dude! It is not about controlling people, but rather trying to cutdown on all the hysterical Newton conspiracy noise that is swamping the site,
making it hard for any more interesting and FACTUAL stories to get any traction. This has been the problem for sometime here, but incidents like this
shooting and all the inane, if not psychotic, theories that spawn threads exacerbates this problem BIG TIME.
Seriously, ATS needs to divide into two separate websites or split content between the realms of the absurd and the possible. I understand the
various threads are meant to fulfill this need, but it breaks down on the home, new topics and top topics pages, making hard to find interesting
stories that aren't just about the latest crackpot theory.
What would be really nice would be a feature to weight member's flags and stars, and that each person's home, top and new topics pages would be
individualized to account for these weightings, so one could dispense with wading through the garbage. Let's say rate any member's
"validity/credibility index" from 2 to 0, with 1 being the default, neutral weighting.
This should make everybody except the attention seekers happy. Sensible, reasonable people won't see the absurd posts, so they won't bother to
respond to them and rain on the wackadoodles' parades. And if conspiracy nuts and UFO true believers want to weight downwards skeptics' and critical
thinkers' flags, that's fine too, as then the two sides will be able to reside in the same website but not notice the other. I think this would be
the most effective way to improve manners and decorum throughout the site.
Certainly one could argue that this would tend to make polarized echo chambers in different sections of each forum, but I haven't seen many examples
of an extremist on one side being swayed by an extremist on the other.
Another possibility would be to filter or weight forums, so that the top-flagged articles tend not to -- or to, as the case may be -- show up in the
home, top and new pages. Either solution would help to mitigate the "noise" problem here at ATS.
Obviously, for non-members and fairly new members these proposed changes wouldn't help, but it would certainly make life nicer for the the
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