posted on Jun, 20 2020 @ 10:09 AM
ATS Is Dead.
I am sure by now everyone is aware of Bill’s (SkepticOverLords) announcement that ATS is facing some pretty tough times. I have seen lots of members
coming forward with some pretty good and inventive ideas on how the site could survive but I personally think they’re all ultimately pointless.
ATS is dead.
It is very clear that Bill and the owners do not have the time nor the inclination to continue to invest time and money into a site that is losing
money and needs a lot of work. I personally don’t blame them for this, they need to make money and you can’t do that if your spending time on a
project that has not generated any income in about a year. So, with that said the first solution calling for the owners to simply invest in the site
is a non-starter.
The next solution is the idea of members paying to keep the site running. Bill has given ballpark number of $25k per month to develop and run the
site. According to the site ATS has about 3,500 members who have over 1000 posts. The idea that even half would pay $10 per month is completely
unrealistic and even that wouldn’t be enough to keep the site running. Again, Bill has said that nobody currently has the time nor the inclination
to set this up.
I have also seen some members talking about buying the site, again I fail to see how this would help. The current financial situation seems to suggest
that this site is just not a profitable venture in its current form. As previously discussed, a subscription service isn’t going to work, and it’s
been made very clear that advertisers are just not interested in the site. This will not change under new ownership; new ownership seems to just move
the problem from one group of people to another group of people.
The stark reality that many of you need to come to terms with is that ATS is going to go dark, if Bills latest statements are to be believed then we
have about a month. Personally, I think this site has had its run and its demise is overdue. ATS has went from being the top conspiracy web forum in
the world with a weekly online radio show, various video projects and celebrity guests to a toxic far-right political cesspit.
I know that some of you don’t like that label but in the current climate that’s what ATS is, it’s a site that no business, celebrity or
politician is going to want to be associated with. We are toxic, like it or not. The only way that would ever change would be if the membership where
to change and that’s not about to happen.
Lots of people I would imagine over the next few weeks are going to analyse what went wrong and look to place blame. Truth is it’s not really
anyone’s fault, ATS is just a dinosaur that has yet to move with the progressive times, it’s a site that isn’t just technologically behind the
times but culturally.
What’s worse is many of you fail to recognise this, you hold this site up on some kind of pedestal. It’s a tiny, tiny spot on the internet, it’s
not exposing the hidden truth, it’s not some ultra enlighted corner of the internet, and its definitely not worth getting upset over when it dies.
Find a new echo chamber.
It’s quite frankly sad to see how many of you seem to be reliant on this site for some kind of cyber self-esteem boost, it’s like a warm blanket
for you that keeps you comfy with your 1960’s view of the world. Many of you honestly need to get off the ATS recent posts page and out into the
world to enjoy it.
I a perverse way I am glad that ATS is going the way it’s going because I have long felt sadness at what this site has become over the last few
years. In the spirit of being totally transparent my only niggling regret is that I won’t get to see everyone’s reaction November 4th.