I used to be a lurker, had visited ATS since it began because I loved the 'out there stuff' it covered. I have to admit I mostly ended up joining when
I did to try and help the discussions on the old 'out there' that seem to be dying off slowly.
I mean if I want politics and 'everything 'Murica' I have a billion other mainstream sites I can get that on. Not so much for UFO's, Aliens and the
I mean heck I am sitting here with a picture of some American round table of poltician types as the background right at this moment.
(Many of us not being American, it kind of grates seeing a lot of content we cannot relate to or irrelevant for us. World does exist outside of the
What Trump or Clinton are doing etc. Isn't really 'Top Secret' let alone above it, especially when it is quite public things being discussed.
Top Secret for me is the stuff the powers that be don't want the every day schlubs like us seeing. redacted documents, that kind of thing.
If I cared for what was happening on a public CNN or Fox broadcast I'd be watching CNN or Fox.
But yes, it seems like anything it has become mainstream and like sites like facebook and youtube soem seem more interested in posting as much as they
can for some pixels on the screen.
It's not about the quality of the posts content, or sharing new and interesting things, it's click baiting, seeing how many likes, subscribes, stars
and flags as you can. Again..... pixels. Crazy, not like stars and flags are bit coins you where if you earn 10,000 like or stars you can by a
But to some people that is what it has become, a popularity contest. Attention seeking. Pushing agendas. Not having free and open discussion, no
looking at both sides of the coin, no flexibility and compromise. But making people agree with you. My way or no way.
One benefit of the stars and flags I guess is the more you have the more you seem to be able to get away with, especially in relation to insulting
people who challenge your viewpoint.
Again, pixels on a screen.
But then again this topic has been brought up many times over the years since American politics started infiltrating the site more and more and sadly
it is not going to stop and I am afraid just going to get worse.
Best we can do is get active and try to get the 'original style' ATS content back on the front page. Quite a challenge as more and more only
interested in politics and nothing else join the site with each day. Sadly the U.S population gives them an advantage of numbers.
Oh well only takes a second to get off the front page and into the forums of interest so no biggie really I guess. But it is kind of sad that ATS
seems to have lost the focus on what it was once all about and has become so mainstream instead of challenging the mainstream as it once did.
That a lot of it's content is now attention seeking rabble rousing, "my teams better than your team" "I'm better than you"
That it is less "are aliens among us?" and more "transgenders should be able to pee in the little girls room".
Would honestly love to see how many would stick around or post as frequently as they do about absolute bull# if the S&F system was completely
Go a feeling we'd see Trump and Clinton posts, or 'Murican politics and issues in general go down here, and facebooks posts would go up lol.
People might actually join discussion instead of just clicking on a little star.
Hmmm.... maybe we should get off the "YOU CAN ONLY LIKE EVERYTHING" bandwagon that has taken over the world in recent years and start adding a down
Be interesting to see the "ATS celebrities" upvote vs downvote. As for me the problem is if people only get likes and rewards it just encourages them
to do more of the same. Maybe if they realized their content was more disliked than like they might rethink what they post and how they behave.
Heck even facebook has added an 'angry face' option.
I dunno, be nice to see this go back to what it once was. Leave all the mainstream stuff back in the places that already cover such things.
Sadly these days though, making the dollars and being popular matters more than quality of the content.
And more and more fringe sites seem to be going the same way. (Live Leak for example recently removed down voting. And oddly enough has had an
increase in 'youtube worthy' content being featured....)
Man I miss when the Internet required PC skills and being a full blown nerd to be part of it lol.
As for the technical side of the things. I like to support websites. Being a website and graphic designer myself. I know how important revenue is.
But in saying that I know how important it is to relevant advertising content and for users to have a smooth experience.
I use an adblocker because I get tired of seeing Jesse Ventura videos and Backgrounds featuring the American government. Ads that are not relevant to
me, and more often than not crash my browsers and give me performance issues.
If that changed I would gladly turn it off when visiting ATS or any other site that has similar issues because my PC's performance and me having a
pleasant experience takes priority I am afraid.
Not much fun visiting a site when performs poorly or has technical issues due to the content it features.
The kind of problems that go away when said content is blocked.
Hell every page I get a pop up warning in my browser. If I click allow and all it does is change the freaking background of the site.
Don't get me wrong I love ATS, and most of its community. But some things could really be changed for the better around here.
Anyway that's my two cents.
edit on 15-10-2017 by AtomicKangaroo because: added words.