The Golden Age Of ATS
NOTE: This anecdotal diatribe isn't aimed at Ezekiel or anyone in particular, but is just me prattling on about my own thoughts on this
venerable BQ&B tradition.
I resemble that remark!
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
I see it's time for the latest round of "ATS ain't what it used to be"...
Somehow, ATS managed to survive despite not implementing all my wonderful, learned and foolproof suggestions for improving it.
Of course, every complaint of this kind is the clarion call of a latter-day prophet, and every rebuttal a shooting of the messenger (to use my own
As time has passed, I have come to realize that much of my own complaining was shouting at the mirror, and much of the ignorance I railed about was my
Wandering In The Desert
Not long after the hoopla surrounding my own This Board Is Going Downhill adventure died down, I became scarce on ATS for a few months. I would go to
log in but more often than not decided not to, thinking, "No, I just don't want to deal with it right now."
And thus I did other things.
Later, I came back. ATS had grown, my attitude had improved (absence makes the heart grow fonder), and while many of the same problems I had
complained about remained (and ever shall, I'm afraid), I had come to understand that ATS didn't need to be perfect, just good enough.
My perspective was tempered by having spent more time on other discussion boards, among other things.
Let's just say every board has its pros and cons.
The Starfish Principle
So I came back, and here I am -- lucky you.
Upon my return, I experienced an admittedly slow but increscent (cool word, eh?) epiphany. I resolved to practice what I preached.
My new creed:
- Don't like the quality of posts? Submit better posts.
- Don't like the tone of the discussion? Improve the tone of your posts.
- Don't like the subjects being discussed? Start threads on subjects you think are important.
- Don't like the education level of your fellow members? Help educate them -- patiently, and by posting opinions supported by verifiable facts.
- Don't like the opinions of other members? Share yours -- and never forget that you may be the one who is wrong.
It may sound cliché,
but SO is right: ATS literally is what you make it.
Did I follow my creed unerringly, and do I now? Oh hell
But every bit helps.
The Forum Ouroboros
Each time a member posts garbage to ATS, it is diminished a little. Each time a member posts a work of profound insight, ATS is improved a little.
Each time a member attacks another member, ATS becomes a more hostile place. Each time a member demonstrates patience and compassion, ATS becomes a
more pleasant place.
Each time a member logs out, ATS dies a little. Each time a member logs in, ATS is reborn a little.
ATS is a work in progress, and is not the product of a single member, but the collective effort of the entire community.
To the extent we each commit ourselves to making it a better place, it will become a better place.
ATS is a reflection of who we are.