reply to post by poet1b
What an absolute load of rubbish. I won't even bother with the whole half-baked sophism about the one to cry foul.
I cannot believe I am trying to find words to explain to a person, whom I assume to be an adult, that two wrongs don't make a right. That it takes two
to tango. That you are responsible for your own actions, and it's the height of deflection and irresponsibility to portray it as Well some guy on
the Internet said stuff and he made me have to say stuff back... it's his fault....
They're words on a screen man. The only power they have is the power you
One bad post is a single post removal. One bad post, with a four page argument following? That's a nightmare. This is a prime example of what this OP
is about. In the real world you wouldn't use this sort of thinking - at least not in your own life. If you do, it's not likely to work. I've never
heard a judge say "Charges dropped because the defendant proved the other guy started it."
If you see a bad post, alert it. It's that simple. Alert it and move on. If you do feel morally obligated to "defend yourself" - it's not like you
don't know what the consequences are
. Your choices, your responsibility to deal with them.
As far as "too many hate threads"... I suppose that is a matter of personal opinion and perspective. There is no community consensus upon the notion
of what is a hate thread and what isn't. During the elections nearly every thread that had the words "Obama" or "Romney" in them got complained about
by the other side as "hate speech". Should ATS have arbitrarily picked a side and forbidden the other a venue to discuss things?
FTR - the rules are applied as evenly and fairly as is possible. Few actions are meted out without the consensus of several staff members being
Speaking of that. Roughly 70 staff members to keep watch over between five and ten thousand posts per day. You do understand that we're not
babysitters. We don't read every post, as it is posted. This isn't one of those sites where all comments are reviewed before going public. But we do
try. My profile lists 2,771 threads started. In reality, I've authored 153 threads. The rest of those are complaints about posts.
Made my own bed. You should spend an hour or two in the Youtube comments maybe... so you might see the difference.
edit on 12/31/12 by Hefficide because: clarity