reply to post by Kaytagg
It's not a "new rule" (see the links in the article
for some history),
but just another way of stating a policy that's been in effect for years, and is outlined in section 2 of the
AboveTopSecret.com Terms And Conditions Of Use
. It has never been appropriate
to harass, threaten or attack anyone.
So ad hominem attacks
are inappropriate and don't belong in our forums.
Ad hominem arguments,
however (and as you've pointed out), can take more subtle forms. In almost all cases, they are at least logically
invalid and can be rebutted as such, but they may not always be invalid or violate the T&C.
For example, if you claim to be God, and another member challenges your claim, you might consider that an ad hominem attack. Nonetheless, challenging
such a claim would not necessarily be inappropriate or insulting, even if you might consider it to be. Context is key.
In general, though, ATS members (even members who are gods) are not topics for discussion and therefore should not be subjected to personal commentary
in threads. Such comments are, by nature, off-topic and usually tend to derail discussion. Thus if you encounter such an argument, let us know and
we'll have a look.
Optionally, if an ad hominem argument isn't patently obnoxious, you may choose to logically (and politely) challenge it by pointing out the fallacy
of ad hominem and referring back to the topic. If a member refuses to take the hint and insists on derailing a thread, however, then please let us
And when in doubt, it never hurts to let us know anyway.
[edit on 7/18/2009 by Majic]