I did intend to post a full thread on this topic (and the numerous comments on how ATS used to be great back in 2005 or 2007 or whenever). But I've
never really got round to collecting my thoughts altogether properly on it. So I may as well put out what I have got so far.
Why do people first come to Above Top Secret?
I would say it's to read about and perhaps then participate in discussions on what you would call the "Classic" conspiracy/mysterious cases of the
past. Also many long term members get nostalgic about the past and these "Classic" posts of months and years gone by suggesting some way of restoring
them to their former glories.
So this subject comes up quite often and is not without merit. But it seems to always hit a stumbling block as to how it should be achieved.
It tends to get discussed and then dismissed because:
a) You can if you wish search for and 'bump' an old thread by posting in it. But I don't think people find this satisfactory as an answer because
everyone knows that this is unlikely to breathe much new life into an old thread. So it fades away again within a day if not a few hours.
b) You can use the 'sort' feature by most flagged or most posted in threads in your specific forum. Again it's not really satisfactory. Some of the
old classic threads were not highly flagged because they were created before the system came in. Also if I want to find something specific on say 'The
Phoenix Lights' then there is no guarantee that will feature in the most flagged list.
c) There seems no clear idea as to the method for choosing which "classic ATS posts" should be promoted. Who would choose them? How do they go about
rating them and how are they promoted on ATS?
So here are a few suggestions to throw out there that may or may not work.
Create an "Above Top Secret Magazine" in pdf format featuring some of these
classic threads? I am talking about something like the free "Phenomena" magazine
. We have a lot of
people with graphic skills and a number of 'experts' in certain topics. I am thinking that each magazine would fulfil one topic like "Bigfoot",
"UFOs", "Area 51"or "9/11" and the members would contribute to it rather than periodical based publication. Perhaps it could even carry advertising to
help raise funds? A pdf can be created by anyone with cheap software so it's not necessarily costly.
I really don't know how workable that idea is I'm just throwing it out there. The illustration is just to capture your imaginations by the way.
* Add an "ATS nostalgia" page where the top topics of last year, 5 years and 10 years ago are featured. The current archive is available but do many
people actually use it?
* Or maybe an ATS Classic page featuring the core topics that ATS was based around.
Again I'm not suggesting this is what it should look like just something to help visualise it.
What I am suggesting here is that we have a place where specific 'classic' threads are added. Once again I think the staff and members could nominate
which threads are added. Members who contribute most by way of flags or 'applause' received could also be allowed to nominate which threads are added
to these sections.
Like I said before I have never really collected my thoughts on these ideas and so they may need expanding on or are perhaps not be viable. But I've
at least put them out there now. I hope others have an opinion, positive or negative on these ideas.