Very cool post Nygdan.
I have been on a number of other forums, martial arts related, Corvette related, and a few others, but the problem is always the same. People rush in
and sign up, then after some indeterminate length of time they become jaded and begin to put down on the new folks posting "old" topics.
Interestingly, most of the stuff that gets posted and probably has been posted on ATS is "old" and very little new has been added in the past 10
years. That is because the theories have not been updated due to no new data, or the theories are simply too outlandish for modern conservative
thought (even the Liberals are conservative sometimes ...
), or it's just plain old stuff that has no conclusive possibilities (like the
current discussion on Baalbek Stones).
I think this place is not just for the clearing up of mysteries or speculation on often repeated topics, but it is a place for fellowship with fellow
conspiracy buffs. For instance ... I've never met Marge, couldn't pick her out of a crowd of two, but in some instances, while I may severely
disagree with her, I feel a kinship with her. And she is just one of a number of folks I feel that way about. Sometimes, the Way Above vote is a way
to anonymously say, Hey! Your not alone! I'm here. Glad to meet you.
Another reason I feel that we are ok is that when a repetitive post comes up, if I don't want to read it I go on... If it is something that has
piqued my curiosity before I will re-read. If I can I post, and surprisingly, I find that I may have changed an attitude, matured a thought, or
simply become different thinking. These forums can be a good way to judge growth and maturity for myself as well as allowing me the ability to laugh
at some folks that I may think are out of their heads. That's the beauty of a place like this.
I'm all for letting it be as is.
But I could be wrong. Or I could be stupid.
Remember: Ugly is all the way to the bone, but stupid goes on forever.