reply to post by FractalChaos13242017
What rabbit hole?
Let me tell you a fictional story that might help. Let's imagine that long ago there was an ATS member named Bob. Bob was a decent enough member who
participated and built up a reputation as a good member. One day Bob woke up and thought to himself "Wow! I'm popular on ATS! That's awesome!"
Then Bob began to change. He started to get a bit of an ego.
One night Bob found an interesting story online. One that would not fit on ATS. One that the ATS rules strictly forbade discussion of. But Bob? Bob
was popular you see. His ego had gotten so out of control that Bob felt like, without him, ATS would shrivel and die. After all HE was the one
attracting the new members. So Bob decided that surely ATS would let him
post the story - regardless of the rules. After all... he was Bob.
The ATS staff saw this happen, quickly discussed things, and figured Bob was having a bad day or something. So they trashed Bobs bad thread and sent
Bob a note saying "Bob, man, you know better. What's going on? We're here if you need to talk." But Bob was furious. His ego was simply too far
gone for any logic to get through. Bob replied, to the staff, "You don't tell me what to do! Without ME this sight would go broke in a week. I am
the star here! Now, reinstate my thread of there will be HELL to pay!"
Sadly, the ATS staff replied "Can't do that Bob. Rules are rules."
Bob, having gone full Diva by this point, freaked out. So, in a spate of rage, he began posting thread after thread about how he was censored. Rage
filled threads with four letter words in the titles. No matter how many times the ATS staff tried to reason with Bob? Bob simply replied "Oh, no. I
will win! I will have MY way!".
After a bit there was no choice left. Bob had to be post banned or banned. So the staff picked the most logical option and did so.
Now Bob was absolutely out of his mind with anger. He went to every other message board that he could find and he screamed about censorship. His
perspective was one sided, and he was angry enough to embellish. So he did. He bad mouthed ATS as strongly as he could manage.
The ATS members who had flagged and starred Bob so often, saw none or little of the truth. They only knew that Bob got angry and disappeared. Then the
rumors began, Bob was elsewhere and saying horrible things about ATS. Was Bob right? Was Bob telling the truth? Nobody really knew. ATS wouldn't talk
about Bob - and that seemed suspicious. Bob, after all, was a big star on ATS. Why would ATS not discuss him?
Some people decided to believe Bob.
What they never knew was that within a week or two, Bob started sending emails to ATS. To staff members themselves, via FB and Skype. Bob was sorry
and wanted back in. He missed ATS.
Sadly, that bridge was burned. So nobody ever really knew the truth of what happened, except for Bob.