Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
Thankfully, increased popularity online only occurs when something interesting is going on... and despite the chaos of noise-makers, I think we have a
few interesting things here.
I've whined about this before, beating my chest and calling for reform, but SkepticOverlord
is absolutely right.
The reason so many dweebs flock to ATS is that there is some excellent stuff here. It is unfortunate that so many of my fellow members equate junk
posts with "participation", but ultimately, that's what the "ignore" button is all about.
While it can be frustrating to have to wade through a bunch of garbage to get to the gold, having someone else decide for you what's garbage and
what's gold would be worse.
It took me a while to figure that out, but I'm catching on.
My advice is to learn not to let the garbage get you down, but rather become adept at skipping over it and not letting it spoil your ATS
As it happens, about 99.9% of trolls and net.infants tend to retreat and sulk in their lairs when people don't play their silly little games.
They also tend to do the same things over and over, a heuristic that makes their threads and posts much easier to conveniently overlook.
I can usually tell if a thread is worthwhile by the title now, and don't even bother going after the sort of sucker-bait I used to.
In time, it's something we learn to do, one way or another, and well, that's life in the Information Age.
I mainly feel sorry for the moderators who have to wade through all that crap, knowing full well what to expect but needing to read it anyway as part
of their duties.
It's maddening work, but they're damn good at it, and I'm glad they are willing to do it.
For my part, I just try to give them and other members something worth taking the time to read, and recommend that my fellow contributors do the same.