posted on Dec, 30 2003 @ 05:24 PM
Well, here we are, the end of another year, 2003. Most of our current active members were not posting this time last year, and have only heard dim
rumors of the ATS of months gone by. Well, as in the tradition of nearly every other type of media, it's time for a end-of-year recap.
2003. The year in threads!
Our tribute to the biggest year ever for ATS.
And what a year it was. In the "real world" we saw a country continue to be divided over a president that everyone either loves or hates, and no one
is impartial. The war on terrorism hit Iraq hard as the coalition of the willing pummeled the country into a state of insurgent-submission and found
the multibillionaire ruler cowering in a hole in the ground. This combined with the usual political chaos, terror alerts, lies, corruption, scandals,
and rumors made 2003 an excellent year for the paranoid conspiracy theorists.
And here in the "ATS world", we had our own dramas play out in ways that often rivaled the events of the real world. We had all manner of hackers
attempting to peck away at the outer perimeter defenses of ATS, and some were able to get through and cause various levels of mischief. We grew at a
tantalizingly fast pace as we went through two rounds of technology upgrades and bandwidth improvements. The growing pains of that growth were
exacerbated by our newfound attention as more and more lunatics from the wild came to ATS. One notorious character literally threw our community into
chaos for weeks as they posted cryptic warnings and played games with the board database. As a result, at least one staff member entered into a bitter
struggle with ATS senior staff over the handling of the event, and left in an unfortunately ugly way.
On the lighter side, a grand April Fool's joke here at ATS pulled a famous prank on all members. A beloved member, ultra_phoenix didn't get to be
Presidente, but is now on staff. Member blogs are thriving, and a new site was spun off from ATS, BelowTopSecret.com, to better accommodate off-topic
Yes, what a year it was!
Have a look at our 2003 summary page ( www.abovetopsecret.com...
) for some fond memories or eye-popping history lessons. It's
all there, from the ugliest dramas to our most shinning moments as an important voice in the Internet wilderness. At any time, use the
link in the board menu bar at the top to jump to our 2003 summary page.
Thank you to all our members for making 2003 the year ATS broke out and become a force.
If there are favorite threads of yours that aren't on the list, post it here and make the case for inclusion. In any event, feel free to use this
thread to discuss 2003 on ATS.
[Edited on 30-12-2003 by SkepticOverlord]