posted on Feb, 23 2013 @ 05:20 PM
I'm going to make this (mostly) short and sweet. So I'll start with a simple question that may make the balance of this a waste of time. Is ATS
for free and open discussion? And I'm sorry if that sounds like a baited question...it isn't meant to be. I guess what I would like to hear from
someone in charge is whether we are simply guests in the ATS house or if we are a group who can discuss topics, regardless of our differing views, in
an effort so share thoughts and learn?
I've seen (but not participated in) a few threads about Sandy Hook that were shut down by ATS. I can understand banning a certain member of ATS for
abuse of "the rules", but sometimes there are tough questions. And so long as ANY question remains, ATS should be a place where it can be asked and
discussed. Right? I mean...for some topics, if not here then where?
Moderators may not like some of our views, our questions or even our topics, but so long as a member is not being vile, completely disruptive or
purposely trying to kill a thread...why can't they ask these tough questions? Using Sandy Hook...if I were a parent of a murdered child, I would
avoid ATS and other such sites where debates occur. I would "change the channel" as they say. But the discussions are completely valid, the
questions real and regardless who doesn't like them...there should be a place they can be posed. Isn't THAT a huge part of what ATS is? A place to
discuss things that in other venues, people will simply roll their eyes and walk away. And on that note...anyone can walk away from any thread.
Heck...usually the title is enough to decide if you want to stay away...or change the channel.
So...back to my question, and please don't beat around the bush. Are we just the guests in ATS's house or our are we allowed to be ourselves and
have frank and sometimes tough discussions?
PS: Yes I have read the rules and yes I have read the Sandy Hook links. My question still stands.