posted on Dec, 12 2013 @ 05:25 PM
reply to post by guardian0111
I have never moderated on this site (nor been asked to). I am a long standing member that has, over the years, changed the way I use ATS in
significant ways.. I tell you that to tell you this:
People who do not "get" that ATS has to have some limits on the insanity that is allowed to happen here are likely not the folks that will benefit
ATS in the long run, anyway. I hear whining about freedom of speech, as if this were a public place and not privately owned. But folks seem to
forget that with freedom comes the responsibility of using it properly. Freedom is not a weapon by which one should act obnoxiously. This is why
Pythagoras said, "When free men require laws, they are no longer fit for freedom". Thoreau mentioned that when men were ready, they would have a
system by which there was no system.
Thus, it is the unfortunate truth that we share the internet with an unending supply of tomfoolery and poppycock. The drug talk...well we certainly
don't want to attract the typical drug culture mindset. The same with the Hitler worship. We absolutely don't want that crowd around here. And as
it applies to your sentiment that "ATS needs us"....no they don't. They don't need people who cannot follow the common theme of how the site is
intended to work. It is an open forum for civil disourse on conspiracy topics. It isn't a place where we will create a mob to track down
individuals standing nearby the Boston Bombing. Nor is it a place where we will debase our intelligence by posting racy and pornographic material.
The censorship is something I criticize quite openly. But I still have to recognize that there are limits to what ATS, as a business that I enjoy the
free use of, should allow me to do.