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Looking back over my 10 years here

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posted on May, 4 2015 @ 03:59 PM
Wow, ten years ago I joined what has been arguably the best conspiracy site on the web. Looking back on the time spent here, I have learned as much about conspiracy as I have about those who persue it. There are those who have a casual interest in things and acknoledge the threads lightly, and there are those who want to gather the like minded masses to their side to change the world. Out there there are many secrets. Some secrets are caught and exposed, some are misinformation to confuse the finder. While others still are propaganda to sway thought. In my time here I have not seen much in the way of exposure leading to change, but there have been moments where we came close.

The interesting ones are the secrets we uncover about those who discover things. What comes to mind for me are topics like SERPO, John Titor, and John Lear's stories. The surface stories in themselves are great reads, but when we pick apart the evidence to scrutinize for facts it is then we learn about the individuals. Was it internet fame that motivated them, was it belief, or maybe a book deal? In any case if this site wasn't here, those stories while still maybe heard, would never have gotten the attention they have now.

The members here throughout my years have always done their best to dig, scratch and search for clues. We had many who would actually travel to scenes to report back. Valhall was a great member who comes to mind. She heard of a FEME camp where refugees were housed, she went out there to investigate mistreatment. Val reported back her findings to back up claims. It was a great day here for researchers. I truly miss those hard core researchers. They inspired me to keep looking. We've also had multiple specialists online to answer our questions and hear our theories out. We have reporters who drop by to hear our ideas and questions as well. The massive bulk of data here can be intimidating to the new comer. Some topics good, some not so good. Sure we have the challenge of sifting through a few hundred threads where the OP is either nuts or acting out for internet attention, but within that heap there are some great gems. When I first was allowed access to RATS back when it was still pretty active, I asked 'where are the diamonds that are locked away here?' Another member pointed me to the pile and hinted that they are rough and you must dig for them. I pass that wisdom on to those nowadays who ask the same. There may not be so many now compared to then, but there are some. The old stories are still really good reads and may still inspire new research. I long to revisit those stories with fresh perspective.

Years ago I used to log on at work and check through whenever I had time. I still log in at least once a day every day hoping for something to grab me. I don't post much because I believe in quality over quantity. Over the years we have drifted away from cospiracy and more towards social media blurbs. This always saddened me, but the majority will always shape the content of the site, while the minority either changes with it or leaves. I am still hopeful that the next big story will break here before the mainstream media finds out. It is a thrill to be a week into chatting about things unravelling then seeing it on the news with their spin.

Well, I guess what I really want to say is that I am glad we are here and that I hope the collective members here keep digging. Here's to many more years.
Thanks guys.
edit on 4/5/15 by shadow watcher because: spacing format

posted on May, 4 2015 @ 04:09 PM
That's a LOT of reading, to say the least

posted on May, 4 2015 @ 04:47 PM
a reply to: shadow watcher

Yeah....despite the presence of obvious disinformation agents here, it is still one of the most level headed, skeptical, and broad resources for stuff you won't see in anything mainstream.

posted on May, 4 2015 @ 06:59 PM
a reply to: shadow watcher

Looking back over the 2.1/2 months I've been here, I find conspiracies everywhere. I prefer the factual info that's not yet gone MSM. But a good conspiracy theory makes for a delightful read! People have been gracious and helpful...and others, uh, not so much. Hell, I'm still finishing up the shining of Phage's shoes!

Thanks for the insight, Shadow. Hope to see you around the threads again.

posted on May, 5 2015 @ 07:05 AM
Thanks guys,
I noticed the other day that my anniversary was since passed and figured better late than never to reflect.
Even with all the ups and downs it is still the best place to get news before the media has a chance to twist it all up.

posted on May, 5 2015 @ 09:22 AM
SERPO, john lear, Zorgon's military black project threads, the caret drones, the good old days when people did more research and and less fighting, I miss those ATS days (though I've never been a big poster, au contraire), it was always great long reads! Now you have to skim through the threads due to all the "agent provocateurs", every now and then a well researched thread pops up, but not half as often as befor !

I found the content to go downhill since the shooting in aurora for some reason. But hey I still come on here everyday (almost) to see what's going on. ATS is more my news feed now rather than my digging up info resource.
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posted on May, 5 2015 @ 11:01 AM
I think ATS is becoming a site for religious zealots and political mudslingers.

Theres only so many conspiracies out there and i doubt theres many that havnt been covered here.

When i joined the 2012 thing was in full swing and Nibiru as well.

ATS is still and always will be, the first i go to when i log on

posted on May, 5 2015 @ 04:58 PM
a reply to: shadow watcher


An impressive star to post ratio?

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