I'm sure everyone is getting a bit tired of the discussion about ads and subscriptions and the like at the moment, so I'd rather we leave that out
of this discussion if we can, but this is in regards to bringing revenue and new users to the site (and maybe bringing back around some of those that
no longer post here because of how they perceive the current environment around here....opinions vary, obviously)
So, that's out the way...let's just right down to it.
In this thread
one of our fellow members brought up a terrific idea that might just
bring in some new readers and contribution to the site. I, for one, found this to be a wonderful idea and in a bit of discussion with Jason88 I asked
him to start a thread on this but being mobile...well, we all know how that is, so after I was given permission to run with this, I figured I'd go
ahead and get this out there so maybe some of us can brainstorm a bit about it and come up with some ideals that may or may not result in bringing
some people around the boards....
Here was his idea...
I believe their most important asset is the vast library that has been collected over the years. If there was some way to bring that library with
those top threads front and center I believe it could reinvigorate the site and get the quality writers/researchers back here en mass.
So, it's really that simple. A really neat idea in my opinion, and I am sure others might agree.
Perhaps a forum specifically for this?
Now, how we go about this would be the question. Obviously (for those of us that do a lot of reading here) some of the best threads ever authored
here are not the threads with the most flags/stars. Some were buried quickly, some thrived. Maybe we could have some kind of voting system where
each week we vote for a thread we'd like to see featured in this "best of ATS" (or whatever name) forum? Maybe members could add their favorite
threads there? I don't know, really...and am just throwing out a few ideas here. I will PM Jason88 and let him know this thread is up and maybe he
can chime in as well as others who think this might be a good idea to reinvigorate the site. Like I told him, it was those past, in depth threads
that brought me here many years ago, and it is those rare gems that are still to be found to this day that keep me here. ATS has the best researchers
and discussions that I know of (regarding "conspiracy subjects") on the net. I cannot imagine it being no more and would really miss it if that was
the case. Even today with all the bickering and arguing here, there is still so much to be found here and I think bringing back some of those awesome
threads to the forefront might remind some members who have become jaded a bit along the way to reconsider and perhaps contribute once again.
I know it would definitely bring in some new members that are "on the fence", so to speak, about joining right now. A lot of times all they see are
essentially current headlines and political garbage and think this site is no much different from others. Perhaps showing them the real meat and
potatoes of ATS will finally make up their minds' to come and join us here. So many of those old threads (and newer gems as well, as I mentioned)
could still do well to have some more input added, especially the ones that, unfortunately, were posted at bad times and/or were buried under the
weight of other things that were happening at that time. Heck, it might even get some to dig back through some of that stuff, learning things they
never knew. And that's what this place is all about, aye? Learning and, at times, being entertained?
Ok....I'm running out of things to say here.
What say you, ATS?