posted on Apr, 10 2006 @ 03:22 PM
It seems that there has been a change in ATS policy in recent times, which is having an affect on my confidence in posting new threads. There are two
issues I would like to raise:
1. There seems to be an increase in the number of threads that are moved from ATS to BTS. I understand that we have specific forums designed for
specific topics, thus threads that do not conform to the thread topic need to be moved to a more suitable one. However there seems to be a number of
threads that get moved to a different forum despite seemingly conforming to the forum subject. To make matters worse, where once upon a time threads
were moved from one forum to another within ATS, they are now moved to BTS almost without exception. Moving an ATS thread to BTS spells the death
knell for many threads. BTS attracts a different type of reader with different interests to ATS, thus threads suited to ATS are often unsuited to the
readers of BTS, not to mention the vast reduction in readers on BTS in comparison to ATS.
As a result of this, I am now reluctant to post new threads on ATS because it seems regardless of the intended audience, there is a good chance it
will be destined for the BTS general chit-chat forum, and never realise it's potential.
In my opinion, any subject which provokes unorthodox thought is worthy of remaining in ATS. BTS is for subjects relating to accepted norms. Granted
there are many threads that don't belong in the particular forum they are posted in, but providing they challenge accepted norms, surely they deserve
to remain on ATS? Isn't the website discussion forum supposed to cater for ATS worthy threads that don't fit into any other category?
2. I have also noticed in the past few weeks that the EDIT option remains available regardless of how old the thread is. This must surely be a
glitch in the system, as it allows one to change their post after the fact. Surely this is detrimental to the integrity of a constructive debate on a
given thread, if a poster is able to alter their comments to suit their agenda?
A perfect example is right here on this thread. It was originally an off-topic thread, but received little attention, thus I chose to change the
entire topic completely and now the posts below this have no relationship to the thread topic. In my opinion, this matter requires attention.
I apologise if I have violated any website policies, but I feel both of these issues needed raising, in the best interests of maintaining the
integrity and objectiveness that has made ATS one of the premier conspiracy forums on the internet.
[edit on 30/4/06 by mytym]