posted on Feb, 24 2013 @ 09:06 AM
we allow topics, and discussions, so long as they are within the confines of the terms and conditions each member agrees to when they sign up.
there are cases, like sandy hook, where we reign in the postings. this may be because there's too many threads on the same topic which results in
disjointed discussions. if all the informaiton is on one place, the topic is more easily discussed. With sandy hook, there were also some rather
wild, and unfounded, accusations flying that were incredibly insensitive to the families who suffered that day.
other cases are more clear - like the previously mentioned hitler threads. we won't allow the glorification of a man like hitler on the site. plain
each case is different and each case is handled by the staff and owners before decisions are made. we don't like it but, at times, there are topics
that simply don't work out here. the drug topic is a huge one. there are so many valid conspiracies surrounding narcotics but, sadly, every time we
try and allow the topic, we wind up with a whole mess of posts talking about personal use and the end result is the shuttering of the topic.
We've got a very large group of staff and, amongst them, are beliefs across the spectrum of ATS so all sides are always considered. When we do make
a decision to shut down certain topics or to reign in the members' postings, it is always done with the site's best interest. That translates into
the members' best interests. Remember, we do all this free for the members and we have to take the advertisers into consideration beacuse losing the
ad revenue will result in us being unable to provide this massive site to y'all, for free.