posted on Jul, 7 2017 @ 08:39 AM
a reply to: ConscienceZombie
Here is my oversimplified observation.
Your observations are true but indicative of forum degradation manifest across the Internet. When forums first came on-line and people began to
discover them they were genuine and more well thought out threads, comments, etc.
Then one day people realized they could be rude and impolite and wouldn't suffer repercussions because they were anon. So rules had to be
established. The on-line community then began to change over the years. They became desensitized and the threshold for what was appropriate and what
was not began to extend further and further. Fast forward to present day and we are where we are.
Unless firms rules are put into place and enforced then a forum will ultimately degrade into low quality content. The forum owners are between a rock
and a hard place. On the one hand they want subscribership as high as possible. However, if they are too strict then they lose subscribership. The
other side of that coin is if they do not enforce a strict policy then quality content providers leave which is what originally brought the
subscribership to the forum in the first place.
ATS has done a better job than most over the years. Convergent evolution is important for growth and adaptation.