Originally Posted by Cat Daddy
I may seem a little upset about the 'conspiracy stuff', but the whole attack still make me upset.
I would wish anyone who want to post, even the conspiracy stuff to do so,
but not just a link, people aren't generally going to go read everything someone links,
to clarify my point,
supply the link and the big idea behind it in quotes,
then if someone needs the full text for context they can go get it.
I'm going to tick off my points here, for simplicity's sake, and I apologise if my tone sounds abrupt. I don't have the energy right now to make it all pleasant and uniformly paragraphical.
1. You're not the only one who is upset about the attacks. The entire nation is upset. The conspiracy theorists are upset - or they wouldn't bother. The government is upset. We're all upset. The people who hate those who "aren't with us" and "are against us" don't have a monopoly on being upset, and their opinions shouldn't carry any more weight than the rest of ours.
2. Links are sensible when citing lengthy sources. To create a post to cite all of what's available in certain articles would create an obnoxiously long (and entirely redundant) post, as well as violate copyright. You are only 'allowed' to reproduce so much of an article, even with credit given. I take that guideline very seriously.
3. It's not a matter of needing
the full text for context. People can (and will) go off half-cocked with only a paragraph of information, refusing to go read the source. I'm sure I've done the same, thinking "Bah, I know what that's about, RAAR RAAR I hate it all." (I think RAAR in my head a lot.
) No, I find it much simpler to link the source, avoiding providing fodder for such reactionary impulses. And it's not the fault of the poster if others don't feel a source is worth reading.
4. Hearing 911 calls of people caught in terror during what may have been their last moments will not clarify what happened. The callers from the towers didn't know what was going on. I don't believe it will provide any illumination beyond what we already know.