posted on Mar, 9 2007 @ 07:34 AM
While I see there is no real harm to allowing folks like Sleeper, TimeDrifter, Win 52 and OnTheDeck to spin yarns of aliens sex love, time travelling
selves, Jesus rocking out at a Slayer concert with dead people, god predicting the China market crash etc, and I do understand the stance of letting
them speak freely, they are, in my eyes, perpetrating hoaxes. Is there harm from this? I can't say. I can say that hoaxing gets punished and, at
least in the case of TimeDrifter, I think the blatant lie about his visit and subsequent "contact" outside the IRS office in Montauk is a sign that
the rest of the story is probably b.s. too. (for those not following that thread, OnTheDeck posted the timeline of events, one of which was the
aforementioned IRS event and there is no IRS office in Montauk. When pressed for clarification on this, TimeDrifter continually claimed the IRS
office is there and even gave the exit off the highway that was used to get there. He was off by 19 exits, adding 2 hours of drive time as a result)
In any event, as I said in the earlier post, I don't necessarily think shutting these threads down is the way to go but either a disclaimer of sorts
or a section devoted to what has been deemed "probably malarky" might make sense.
I do think that these games people are playing in the various threads are for a purpose beyond having a little fun. Both Sleeper and TimeDrifter have
books on their sites. I know one is free, not sure of the other but I do feel that by garnering attention and hits to their sites, they can then go
to publishers and say "look at the attention my story is getting on ATS and check out the number of hits my website is getting. there's a demand
for this book."
I'm all for free speech but I think there needs to be some control over the people who use the boards for motives that differ from the intended
purpose. I used to be very active in a board that focused on a hooby of mine. I was one of a handful of members who contributed a hell of a lot of
time (and money) in making the board the best site for information in that area and the owner of the site told me that he hit a trade show and when he
mentioned who he was they all made comments about how the site was that crakeur site or something along those lines. Eventually we overshadowed the
site and it wasn't good for his business.
I'd hate to see someone with an actual story opt out of dealing with ATS because it is viewed as a site where the inane gets more attention than the