Is it bad when I've lost enough interest in ATS to only occasionally come on to check out threads, and typically only respond when I'm drunk (which
is a WHOLE lot less often than previously)?
On the drunk issue, I'm only drinking in social situations at the moment, because for a while my drinking got REALLY out of hand (and that's not a
bad thing - the more common sobriety, that is). Still, I'm finding it amusing that I really only comment on ATS threads (or even start new ones, as
seen here: Political Correctness Op/Ed thread
) when I'm drunk.
Perhaps it's because my mind is more willing to let free thought flow when I'm drunk, or perhaps it's just because I've become bored with ATS when
I'm sober (the recent onslaught of partisan threads and hoaxes have kind of turned me off).
Whatever the reason, I think ATS needs to get back to the website I once loved, regardless of being sober or drunk.
Just because I'm drunk tonight doesn't mean anything (except that I've been replying to threads in record numbers - partly because I'm an
opninionated asshole when I'm drunk).
ATS just isn't as interesting as it used to be. Too many partisan threads (which I hate), and too many hoaxes (which I'm sick of debunking).
Members, please post some good, interesting topics that don't lean towards partisanship or hoaxes. I used to be active in the ATSNN, UFO,
Paranormal, and Spirituality forums, but lately, I haven't seen anything decent to post on.... at least not when I'm sober (my numbers for tonight
are all while drunk, so don't rely on that).
I may still be able to post well while drunk, and certain topics, I'm more likely to post on while drunk, but on the whole, drunk or sober, I've
been apt to stay out of discussions, mostly for fear that they'll become partisan or biased, and not wanting to deal with people that are unwilling
to debate an issue, and rather just want to state their views and be unrelenting in that view. I can't stand when someone isn't willing to debate.
Debate is the reason I originally joined ATS. I love debating, and am more than willing to accept a point of view that I can't out-debate. But in
recent times, ATS has become much more of a political sounding box for people that are unwilling to debate an issue, and more likely to insult someone
for their politics, even when said someone doesn't even state their politics on an issue.
There's no room here for "devil's advocate" anymore. This was originally a forum for debate, fact-finding, and discovery. Now, it seems like
this is more a forum used by those that are not willing to hear anyone else's point of view, and only want to further their own agenda.
Those that do try to offer differing points of view (irregardless of my agreeance or not), I appreciate. Discussion is what this board is about. Not
feuding between political agendas or personal beliefs. Discussion is the height of education. I just qish more people here would accept discussion
over negligent abuse of one's own opinion.