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originally posted by: JustXeno
I came to this site quite a few years ago and in all honesty some of the things I've found out after reading threads on here have shattered my world view (I know don't believe everything you read on the net lol). It opened my eyes to things I would never have known or even thought possible.
ATS is a fountain of knowledge, a place to start your awakening. The information is still all here but it takes too much digging to find a gem nowadays.
I stopped coming here when election fever kicked in last year as the site and most of the patrons got pretty unbearable. It's really very sad to see what has happened to this once great site over the years I've been coming here.
Oops maybe it was me that started the decline and yes I am paranoid haha
originally posted by: JohnnyCanuck
Just adding my voice to the complaints about the path that this site has been following. This past March marked a solid decade for my official presence on ATS. There had been a few years of lurking, but true to my tinfoil hat, initially I didn't go for an account because I thought it was more important to retain my anonymity. Those were the days of real-time postings by John Lear, and about Project Serpo. Lotta weirdness going on, but a lot of discourse as well. Respect for one's fellows, even in disagreement.
That's changed. Simply stated, there is far too much trolling and hate-mongering going on, especially from the self-styled Right Wing where discussion would seem to have been replaced by the hurling of the feces. In addition, I am truly disappointed to see some of the Mods joining in with truly intemperate postings. As the current American leadership is being called out for lowering the standards of civil behavior on the global and national stages, it's being mirrored here at ATS. Now, that might be deliberate, but I should think that there are enough conservative echo chambers out there that the Three Amigos don't feel the need to compromise the integrity of the site to entertain a new business plan.
But somebody IS asleep at the switch.
originally posted by: SpeakerofTruth
a reply to: IShotMyLastMuse
You found out about it just as the downward spiral began. I have been a member since 2006. I noticed a distinct change in the atmosphere and quality posts here around late 2010 early 2011. I went on hiatus for several years. Matter of fact, I have posted here more in the past two months than I have in the last 3 or 4 years combined.
I used to love the site, but frankly, it has turned into a partisan pissing match. Both rightists and leftists say the "center has seemingly disappeared." WRONG. We're alive and well... We just get ignored because we state things neither side wants to hear.
originally posted by: PublicOpinion
Go to Twittery in charge and check the latest covfefe in case of doubt.
That's presidential in your book? Well. But still... he isn't President of the people depending on Medicaid, is he? How can someone take note of this problem without being labled a leftie, is that even possible?
originally posted by: eNumbra
You seem to have added the word left in order to qualify two statements in this post; problem is, in doing so, you're ignoring the fact that the right do the same thing.
America's loudest voices have split it down the middle, and no one side is inherently the problem - the vitriol seemingly taking over this site is due in part to this, one side constantly accusing the other of everything they're also guilty of, and few if any of those voices have any ability to be introspective enough to see this, or purposely ignore it.
originally posted by: kibric
Do you really want to argue about politics ?
I guess all these different threads are trying to say
is when did we all start to become Democrat or Republican Labour or Tory
instead of Conspiracy Theorists ?
why not focus on what you have in common ?
I don't like everything my friends like
I don't agree with them on some topics
but it doesn't mean we cant get on
I don't want to spend my time here in this great community
arguing about politics and I don't think many of you do either
this thread could go on forever
we should all go back to wearing our tin foil hats
originally posted by: PublicOpinion
a reply to: Xtrozero
Ok, not possible for you.
Crash & burn is is then, crash & burn.