Recent activities within the "9/11 Conspiracies" forum have been the catalyst for an increasing trend of tonality and civility issues across many
portions of AboveTopSecret.com.
For those who are unaware (or don't care), the entire field of "9/11 conspiracies" is undergoing troubling turmoil as "9/11 Truth" groups have
devolved into dozens of dissociated "factions" each with their own belief system. These factions are embroiled in an escalating war of incendiary
rhetoric, increasingly preposterous theories, and contemptuous accusations in a disastrous competition for attention. The disappointing result is the
increasingly diminished credibility for all "9/11 conspiracy" speculation. ATS will have
no part of this counterproductive nonsense
, and we have had to ban those who seek to
But these issues of uncivil discussion and discourteous responses by those who disagree with 9/11 conspiracies or 9/11 conspiracy skeptics has been an
escalating problem in the 9/11 Conspiracies forum for some time. And we've had our share of
in the Aliens and UFO forum. However, lately, the acidic style of the
"9/11 Topic Activists" has infected several other areas of ATS like a malicious virus. This must stop.
Other discussion board environment claim to thrive on a rowdy environment of a juvenile free-for-all, and those with experience in such environments
seem unable to understand our desire for cordial dialogue. Too bad. Since instituting such requirements, we've sky-rocketed in popularity to become
one of the Internet's top-20 most-trafficked discussion boards (with peaks in the top-10). Clearly this strategy works, and more than any single
topic, we feel this is the most important aspect of serving our current and future members.
Manners Are Required, Not Requested
We anticipate our members are here because of what ATS stands for and what makes us
We stand firm on an aspirational ideal of supporting the free expression of nearly anything within the simple confines of polite
(1) We ATS members need to embrace and welcome
those with highly speculative theories
that may be based on little more than guesses.
These are the ideas that help maintain the upper limits of what may be.
(2) We ATS members need to support the investigation of fantastic ideas
based on evidentiary observations across the entire spectrum of our
topics. These are the discussions that zero-in on what is likely to be.
(3) We ATS members need to encourage and welcome critical and skeptical questions
that force us to look closely at our ideas and evidence. This
is the process by which truth is discovered and we agree upon what is.
We ATS members need to realize all of three aspects of discussion are important to our motto of "Deny Ignorance." If you believe your theory, idea,
or skepticism is critical to the discussion, than you owe it to yourself and the topic to present your ideas with the inherent credibility of
If you cannot participate under these amazingly simple guidelines, then we must assume you are more interested in the entertainment value of
disruption and appropriate action will be taken. Simple.
We apologize that this reminded of our core ideology is required. Expect that this is a wake-up call that a renewed enforcement of civility will start