I can't PODcast right now because I'm having new soundcard issues... But I can still type!
Great PODcast, Skeptic Overlord. Thanks again for your thoughtful, concerned approach to the membership and community of ATS.
True American, you have a great mind. I really appreciate your input. (POD Applause)
I'd just like to say that I agree with TA and others in that I am many times confused by my posts that receive applause and those that don't. I try
not to have expectations about it, but we all know how easy that is...
I don't think members should be able to applaud other members, though. It would become simply a popularity contest and many would be applauding for
the simple fact of agreeing with other posters. The best way for one member to 'applaud' another member (see above) is to express it in the thread
by answering with an encouraging response, and thoughts of their own, even if it's only a couple of lines.
As regards Mod Squad Applause: TA mentioned the mods sometimes give applause seemingly for agreement with an opinion. I have noticed this, too. It
certainly is possible that a small, source-free post would warrent an applause if it made a very good point or brought up an idea not mentioned in the
thread previously or is somehow unique. But if agreement is a criteria, we might as well give the members the ability to applaud, because somebody's
always going to agree. That's not special.
If anything, I'd like to see the Mod Squad evaluate the criteria in posts to applaud and make sure everyone is on the same page. Applause is very
nice, but applauding for agreement kind of lessens the value (to me). Thanks TA for bringing up this particular subject.
I'd also like to mention that in my view if the world right now, the conspiracy cycle is at a low point. There are tons of conspiracies, but most
have been well covered on ATS. And I'm also not that into sharing my conspiracy theories with anyone but my husband and his mother (they know what to
Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of theories. In fact I'm usually considered on the whack-o end of the scale, but I don't have the urge to put it
out there for ridicule (which I see happening so much today). I see accusations of disinformation and pursposeful, malicious intent, simply because
someone says, "Look at this! Could this be true!?!?" And I'm not self-confident enough (or foolish enough) to lay myself out there for that.
This should have been a PODcast... Soon...