Originally posted by wecomeinpeace
The only way to significantly increase the participation at PTS would be to convince all of the members of this conspiracy discussion board that
debating and discussing the pantomime politics of puppet governments actually has a point.
Either that or offer free beer at the door.
Posts like these are the reason I keep voting WCIP for WATS. If I still had an applause skittle, I would have used it here.
I agree that the fundamental problem PTS has is the fact that it is dedicated to the very thing
most ATSers have grown weary of.
The Game Is On
I used to hang out on political boards all the time, and did so for years.
And then something changed. I don't remember when, but one day I realized that it was all a colossal waste of time, and that what I said on political
discussion boards -- and spent thousands of hours of research and typing to do so -- amounted to absolutely nothing of consequence.
Sure, I learned some things, but what I ultimately learned was that pretty much everything that passes for politics in pretty much every nation on
earth is just a dog and pony show staged for us, the “unwashed masses”.
Real governments are controlled behind the scenes, and don't have a damn thing to do with democracy or anything else other than the pursuit and
maintenance of money and power.
All this debating and rancor is ultimately just so much prolefeed, and every government in existence is nothing more than the same thing: an elitist
oligarchy used by the real rulers of the world like any other corporation uses trademarks and brands.
It's all nothing more than the same cynical “tastes great/less filling” debate satirized by the old Miller Lite commercials, and ultimately as
irrelevant to how nations are governed.
It's no secret that PTS was created in an attempt to get politics off ATS, because it had become a serious problem that was stifling legitimate
non-political conspiracy theory discussions -- and still does, by the way, though it seems to have gotten a little better, at least.
The problem is that even the most partisan political parrot on ATS is still an ATSer, and is here for the same reason everyone else is: what ATS
offers that no one else offers.
I came here to escape from politics, so why would I want to follow political discussion to another board, and separate from ATS
The answer is that I have no reason to, which is why I don't hang out on PTS much.
Selling What No One Else Sells
Anyone who's been following my opinions regarding PTS knows that I am in agreement with Seekerof
and several others that moving Political
Conspiracies and the War on Terrorism forums to PTS would be a good idea.
That said, I can think of many good reasons why the admins would not want to do this, and respect that.
My perspective continues to be, however, that what will make PTS popular is the prospect of moving the board away from the puppet show arguments that
characterize virtually all political discussion on the Internet, and for which there are already far too many forums.
Instead, we need to make PTS unique.
If we want PTS to succeed, we will make it the premier destination for the discussion and research of politics itself -- including the conspiracies
behind the politics
-- and in so doing offer what no other political discussion board can: the whole package, complete and unflinching.
Politics is the number one domain in which conspiracies are carried out, though by no means the only one.
By allowing PTS to claim its heritage as a true ATS sister board -- a board where politics can be approached from the unique ATS perspective -- no
advertising will be needed, because the world will beat a path to its door.
Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong, there's a lot I don't know about running Internet forums and I'm not the poor guy who has to
worry about the rather significant details involved in managing PTS, but I firmly believe that bringing conspiracies to PTS is the way to make it take
off like a rocket.