Well didn't I come late to the party? That's the problem with being in a different time zone to the U.S I guess.
A few thoughts:
* Threads that are political in nature and have no relation to conspiracy matters should be moved to P@TS, no questions asked. Even the War on Terror
section should perhaps be moved since it really has nothing to do with conspiracies any more; more it is just people arguing over the justification
for the war or lack thereof.
* The old habit of mods jumping into threads and steering them back on topic seems to have died out. I think this is a shame, since so many promising
starters turn into slinging matches and end up way off topic that it's ridiculous. The (increasingly rare) occasions I've seen a mod do this I have
wanted to give them a big kiss, Bugs Bunny style. The mods it seems are swamped with work these days and unable to keep up with "clerical" work, let
alone thread-steering efforts. Perhaps an increase in the number of staff should be considered.
* From what I gather, ATS started out as a small town. Small towns are great, everyone knows everyone, is polite, etc etc. Now, ATS has become a
bustling metropolis housing people of every creed and mind-set, and with all the advantages and disadvantages that brings. Nature of the beast I'm
* Regarding the "left vs right" bickering, being Australian, it just makes me chuckle. In "Oz", most of us know that politicians are all crooks,
regardless of which side of the political fence they're on. I have yet to be labelled a "liberal" or a "conservative" in a thread, hopefully
because I try (I said try
) to stay focused on the issue or the facts, not on which political party is responsible, I dunno.
There's an old saying, "Be careful what you wish for" and I think it holds true here. I remember SO being proud and ecstatic due to the vast
increases in membership, as his (and Simon's) baby grew and grew, and rightly so; ATS is only as popular as it is today because it is such a
fantastic site. But now the child has become an adolescent and is finding its own way in the world, making its own mistakes and learning its own
lessons. As a parent, when this happens all you can do is provide some guidance and hope that your now grown son/daughter listens to your advice. ATS
is experiencing that painful period between childhood and adulthood, and sometimes, yes, it will even turn around and yell back at you.
Hoping that ATS will return to the way it once was is futile and you shouldn't waste your time pursuing that end. All you can do is adapt and move
with the changes. Creating P@TS was a positive and sterling example of such adaptation. More of this sort of thing is needed and is what will help ATS
to mature into a healthy, balanced adult. I look forward to being here to see it.
ATS is not "wounded", it's just not the same board that it used to be. To continue SO's military analogy: Even in the most hopeless of situations,
you improvise, you adapt, you overcome. Carry on, soldier.
[edit on 2005/3/17 by wecomeinpeace]