posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 10:20 AM
While some might see this move as cause for concern, nothing could be further from the truth. Investors will not be dictating board policy, that
remains the sole domain of the Three Amigos. Neither will your chickens be stolen by The Crab People or whomever.
ATS has grown with its membership to become a serious entity. In an age where everyone and their sister can put up a web page and start a phpBB forum
in literally minutes, it's easy to assume that a site like ATS is just some high school friends hanging out wearing tinfoil hats, sitting in their
mom's basement, and tapping away on camo-painted keyboards. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Because ATS is, in fact, run by serious professionals whom have the education and experience necessary to run a full-fledged business, and not by part
some part-time script-kiddies, ATS has managed to provide a polite, serious, and high-quality medium towards the discussion and legitimization of
topics "normal" society would consider taboo at best, and career-ending at worst. As a result, the enormous amount of user-generated content that is
being constantly developed has reached a level where it's time to take the next step.
What if you could change the world, even a little bit?
By denying ignorance on a topic, and discussing it rationally, with reason and logic, rather than recitation of insults and accusations of quackery,
we've managed to create a welcoming home for anyone and everyone willing to express their views, or read the views of others, so long as they behave
like a mature adult. As a result, over 110,000 members, with thousands more joining every month, we now have the population and growth rate of a
good-sized city, and that rate of growth is constantly increasing.
To use an allegory, think of a lemonade stand.
At one point in time, ATS was a small street-corner lemonade stand that just sold one thing: lemonade. The lemonade was good, people liked it, and
word spread, but some people wanted more than just lemonade. So they started offering orange punch, then grape soda, then bottled water, and so on,
and with each additional flavor of beverage added, more and more customers would show up each day. Finally, they had to open up another lemonade stand
across the street (BTS), just to handle all the traffic, but people just kept coming, and wanting yet even more flavors, so they opened up yet another
stand across the street (PTS). Business continued to grow, the lemonade stands had more card tables added, along with the need to add employees to
maintain the stands and keep the flow of traffic steadily moving along peacefully.
And yet, there comes a certain point where there is so much throughput that you just can't open up another stand anymore. It's time to take the next
step up, set up a permanent, legitimate business plan and establishment to accomodate all the customers in a timely, professional fashion, with room
and planning for further expansion as needs dictate. If our standards were ever anything lower than that, ATS would not be the runaway success it is
It is, therefore, because of those standards, and because of our commitment to them, that the ATS lemonade stand is now becoming a full-fledged juice
[edit on 7/26/2007 by thelibra]