Interesting that this situation has been brought up in an actual thread.
I have been a member on ATS since June 2008, and was "lurking" 2 years prior (on occasion). In other words I wasn't a legitimate lurker. My very
first thread on ATS was admittedly so dumb, that I was partly looking to just troll and waste time.
It wasn't until I was actually engaging people directly that I realized ATS holds itself to a higher standard of user content and discussion, unlike
some other sites which shall go unnamed.
I'm not really attempting to flatter ATS here in that statement, just stating some personal opinions that will undoubtedly fly in the face of all
those people who bemoan ATS for not being as great as it used to be in thread quality.
As one poster already pointed out, not everyone has the gift of gab, and some people are natural orators, be it verbal or textual. Once these people
get a reputation for what is essentially a craft, they pick up speed and become the back bone of quality that make up this site. I would just
rather sit back and have a good read, and watch someone say what I would like to say, but they do it far better than I could.
Then you have the other aspect of it. Me personally I'm very introverted. I'm not really up for confrontation, though occasionally if its just
really driving me crazy Ill say something, though its almost a drive by posting. But for the most part just dont want to waste my time, as I do feel
trolls have increased over the years (internet wide) not just on ATS. Strangely enough reading the above few sentences would in essence
unintentionally make me the very thing I hate. LOL
Sometimes, I dont even log in, I just read posts as a visitor, until obnoxious banners for the stay at home moms making 7,000 dollars a month and
guys curing cancer with "one weird trick" force me back into the safety of being logged in. The one thing on ATS that I actually earned, the (No
more banners) perk.
I will never be a Slayer69, a composer of very well put together threads. Or a Phage, the resident ATS Android who only thinks in terms of pure
concentrated, painful logic and critical thinking. (love ya Phage) no hate.
Ill never be any of the many very decent posters, and thread creators on this site I have not mentioned. Fact is if you are posting, and thread
making, you are really what this site is about, and I come here daily to see what every one has to say. I am, WE ARE out here in the shadows of great
threads just taking it all in.
Keep up the good and interesting work guys.
Your friendly member lurker.