With the recent leak/release of Linkin Park's newest album "A Thousand Suns", there has been a lot of activity, excitement and discussion on these forums over the band's dramatic shift in sound, and many of our valued members have been very passionate about their opinions and feelings towards the music as a whole. However; while most of the discussion has been well thought out and respectful, we have also noticed a steady decline in the mood of some the new threads, and we felt we should address this issue head on before it becomes a greater problem.
Over the past few days there has been a increasingly negative reaction towards any member who states their dislike for A Thousand Suns or who posts a review of the album that is not favorable or 100% positive. Replies to said posts have been everything from obscene pictures, telling certain members to leave the boards, or even quoting Mike from the new album with the often used "try and catch up motherf***a". This behavior is not only casting a negative impression on the site as a whole, but also completely unacceptable in general.
I must kindly ask all of you to remember (as a whole) that the new album will not be everyone's cup of tea, and that not every Linkin Park fan will appreciate the new direction the band has taken with their sound. While we understand there have been many trolls signing up to call the new album "[insert slur here]" and many others who have expressed their distaste in an unintelligent fashion, there have also been many very intelligent members, with well worded opinions, who have been attacked solely for not thinking ATS is the "greatest album ever".
This needs to change immediately. Starting now, I must ask our ATS-Loving members to please try and respect the opinions/criticism of those who don't like the album. While there is certainly nothing wrong with holding a friendly debate between view-points...when the posts begin to grow disrespectful, that's when our things have gone too far.