posted on Jun, 23 2013 @ 11:25 AM
It's already been pointed out but I guess it's worth saying again. ATS doesn't allow links to sites that obtain content illegally nor do we allow
links to porno, known phishing or malware sites... That's all there is to it.
OUR OFFICIAL POSITION
The ATS staff has completed a long discussion regarding removing the block on links to WikiLeaks, which included reaching out to our hosting provider.
The primary reason we disallowed links previously (and often the driving-force for many of our policies) is that such links to the types of materials
hosted on WikiLeaks would be a technical violation of our Acceptable Use Policy with our provider. And to further make this issue more sensitive with
our provider, they took heat a few years back for hosting WikiLeaks mirrors.
Lots of "conspiracy sites" can overcome such restrictions because their providers are either less stringent, or have no such restrictions at all.
Given the scale of our traffic, and the need for high-end hardware and network, pretty much every hosting provider capable of providing what we need
will have similar (or identical) restrictions. It's the unfortunate conundrum in which ATS lives... moving to another host isn't an option.
Our policy remains the same, unfortunately. But back when this first became an issue, we urged members to find other sites, sources, blogs, etc. that
covered the WikiLeaks material they wanted to include in their post -- then link to those sites, with an explanation of where to find the links once
there. That remains the best course of action for now
edit on 6-25-2013 by Springer because: (no reason given)