posted on May, 11 2006 @ 01:34 PM
I don't believe that an award for sites like ATS even exist. Perhaps there are awards for the "best forum" or something, but how can one even
begin to even describe ATS? It's way more than "just a forum".
I certainly don't believe that awards exist for the "the best board moderation". If one did, then our ATS mods would win that one hands down.
Although, at times, it might seem as if members are being stifled, censored or impeded from expressing their opinions but I will have to say that
it's always for a reason that 'makes sense'. The experience and intelligence of "our" mods seems to always come through. And when a mod makes
the rare mistake, they are always gracious enough to admit it and apologize. Now that's class. But, unfortunately no awards.
Again, I don't think that an award for the best site developers exist that would possibly include our "Three Amigos". Perhaps if the
creator/owner/operators of ATS had put all of their efforts into a typical commercial site they'd garner all sorts of acclaim. However, ATS is an
original. Yes, there are other "conspiracy sites" but nothing, no site comes close to ATS. ATS is such a massive site that covers so many topics,
fields of interest and subject matter that it is truly unique. Maybe that's award enough? To take pride in knowing that you have created and
developed a site that is a unique entity must give one a good feeling. Creating a site that attracts competent, intelligent people who are willing
to voluntarily work as moderators but be quite rewarding. To know that so many are willing to share a vision is certainly more than a "warm fuzzy
feeling". But to realize that there are thousands of people all over the world who are willing to invest their time and energy reading, expressing
themselves and sharing opinion, knowledge and insight with one another in a civil, intelligent forum must be the greatest award one could get.
Thank you Simon, Springer and Skeptic......I wish I had a big, shiny plaque or cup to present to you but all I have to give is my sincerest gratitude
for what you have given to all of us.