Inspired by this thread
and oh so many like it, I decided to start a new thread so
that we can explore the burning question:
Was ATS Really Better "Back In The Day"?
Let's Deny Ignorance and see for ourselves!
ATS Through The Ages
There are many different methods available for "gravedigging", but one of the easiest ways to get a feel for what ATS was like in the Good Old Days
is to simply go to the forum you're interested in and click on the ">>" navigation symbol to go way
Back to a simpler, idyllic, magical time when members were members, conspiracy theorists wrestled with the dinosaurs for FOIA requests, ATS threads
(it was called "Ye Olde Abouve Toppe Seackrette Conspyracye Shoppe" back then, and members wore onions on their belts) were chiseled by hand on
stone tablets, and the stonefoiler's life (they didn't have tinfoil in those days) was dangerous and uncertain -- any conspiracy could be your last!
Fig. 1: King John orders the execution of all ATS members.
Gather round friends! Gaze ye with widening, awestruck eyes through those ancient, dust-mantled, hand-crafted threads of yore and marvel at the
magnificence and splendor that was The Golden Age Of ATS!
Squire Majycke's Esoteric Grimoire Of The Arcane
For your browsing convenience, I have taken the liberty of including some starting points below.
Come! Return with me now to those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear...
Board Questions & Business circa 2002/2003
Aliens & UFOs circa 2002
Secret Societies circa 2002/2003
Area 51 and other Facilities circa 2002/2003
Weaponry circa 2003
Paranormal Studies circa 2002/2003
There it is: but a small sample of the Glory That Was ATS, on grand display for all the world to see.
And there is much, much
more where that came from: tens of thousands of threads left to us by The Great Old Ones in the hope that their
profound wisdom would not be lost to the ages, but be revealed to future generations so they might benefit therefrom.
Fig. 2: If a book is ancient, it must contain profound wisdom.
Just start at the back of any forum and work your way forward to read of the Epic Greatness to which modern ATSers cannot possibly hope to aspire!
Like The Sands Of The Hourglass
So, was The Way We Were really better than The Way Things Are?
I think that's a matter of opinion, which naturally means there will be disagreement.
Some will say yes, some will say no.
Those who think the old ATS was better can read the old posts, take inspiration from the ATS Legends and endeavor to adapt their posting style to
Those who think the old ATS wasn't quite what it's cracked up to be might well find confirmation in the eldritch threads themselves, and perhaps
learn from them in a different sense.
As has always been the custom of ATS, ancient or modern, the question is left to you -- the member -- to decide.