posted on Nov, 12 2002 @ 07:03 AM
Ah... the search for truth.
First, to become a member of the "inner circle" cosmic forum, one must have demonstrated a sincere effort to help this little community. Sheer post
volume is never a sincere effort to build Above Top Secret, but an effort to prop up one's self. Once within the cosmic group, new moderators are
chosen on an as-needed basis.
For example, while Ycon's post volume has been low (and not always of a popular nature), she has shown us an honest effort by keeping the riffraff at
bay in the chat room. For her efforts, we invited her to join us in our inner-sanctum for the sacred rituals.
Lately, (since 9|11, but worse the past few months) this forum has evolved from a solid community dedicated to the discussion of historical and
current political conspiracy and related UFO topics. While we've always had our share of nut-cases, a solid 50% of all posts were on-topic and of a
readable nature (which, if you know anything about Internet communities which I study, is a very good percentage). Today, I can't honestly say more
than 20% of the posts would qualify, can you?
As a result, our fine moderators have had to take up the task of policing the forums in an attempt to regain some level of quality. A miserable thing
to happen to former conspiracy researchers. So far, this site is the brain child of one person, Simon, who has seen his hobby effort grow beyond his
means to support alone. Above Top Secret is not a for-profit concern, and as such, post volume is less important than post quality.
In the end, if an overwhelming number of new users end up wanting to turn this site into their own private little "me-too" forum about video games
and white rappers, there is indeed very little we can do other than sigh, shrug our shoulders, and move on. In the end, you need to ask yourselves why
you came here, and what you want from Above Top Secret.