I'm not really one to give you advice since the same happens to me...a lot
I haven't really seen many of your threads. Can you provide
a few examples of threads you have started that you feel didn't get the amount of responses you felt they deserved?
There are a number of possible reasons for what you describe.
* You may not be giving yourself enough credit. It may be that your threads are better researched and laid out than you think. ATS is not really a
community of "yes men/yes women", rather many of us are here to read and learn, so if people agree with your points and have nothing to add, they
usually won't bother to make a "me too" post like you see on a lot of other forums.
* If you submit a well-researched post in a topic that few have a lot of knowledge about, you are greatly narrowing down the amount of people that can
add something constructive to the thread or argue against your points. Anyone can rattle on with wild speculations in answer to a question like, "Do
you think there are lots of different races of aliens?", but if for example you want to discuss the debunking of the Bob Lazar claims, then the
number of people who possess the knowledge base to do so intelligently, or who are interested enough to do some research into the matter, will be much
* It may be (and I think this is my major problem) that some of the topics you find interesting, the majority of other people don't. There are many
topics that I feel are very important and intriguing, but when I start a thread on it, the reaction is sometimes little more than a *shrug* and a
"mmm, yeah, I guess so."
* The favorite topics of the day will usually get more replies, and so will extremist views. Post something claiming torture is a legitimate means of
extracting information and watch how many replies you get, or post that all Muslims are terrorists and watch the sparks fly. But are these really the
kinds of threads you want to start?
I understand your concerns, because I used to measure the quality of my threads by the number of replies as well, but later I realized that's
bollocks. Now I look more at the number of views to at least get a vague idea of whether I've contributed something that is valued by other members
or not. Granted, this is not really a true gauge either because sometimes a catchy title will produce the same effect.
Have a look around at the threads started by quality members such as twitchy, Valhall, Gools, Sanctum, Nygdan and many others, and you will find that
often (but not always) they don't get a huge amount of replies, but their threads are always of a high quality, contribute valuable info or thoughts,
and will usually get a large amount of views
. So don't be disheartened - quality cannot be measured by popularity. Just think, millions and
millions of people buy Britney Spears albums...
Wow, I typed that much. Anyway, I hope this bunch of waffle helped a little.