And how is this any different than the story in the OP? From what I can see, it is the student government of this university making rules applying
only to the members of the student government - not for anyone who steps on the campus. If you are going to be a member of the student government, you
have to abide by these rules, even though your speech may be heard by everyone on campus. Same situation as ATS, right?
In which you haven't been arguing but now you are for? Of course its the same point; that is why I made the equation and highlighted how this forum
is not public speech. Your earlier posts suggested, if we were to infer, that neighbors within earshot will negate the private nature of your speech
in your own home and make it public because "everyone can hear it".
You have constantly minced words and meanings here in this argument. For instance, earlier in this thread you asked the following:
"But should ATS be allowed to restrict what we say on such a public forum, when our speech here is truly public, and not private in any way?"
First off, my post in which you responded to, explained how it is not public, even though the public can see it; it is still private speech.
Second, when it was said that ATS does have the ability because it is a private (owned) site, you responded with a twist of logic with:
"So you're saying that public speech SHOULD be allowed to be restricted to avoid being offensive. I agree."
This is all based on your false premise of what "public" speech is; in this instance, both ATS and the ASB of the college is not public speech at
all and can frame the rules of that speech to a degree to ensure such notions as: decorum, civility, politeness, etc.
When you were called out that you are confusing the issue and understanding of "public"; you responded with yet again a complete misunderstanding
"It IS public speech. What we write can be seen by everyone on this planet (who can access the internet). I don't know how you can get more public
than that. It may be a privately owned forum, but it isn't a private forum - what we write is very public."
Enter my post and explanation that you have yet again not listened but instead decided to somehow contort it to your understanding.