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Member's Choice: The Most Important Threads of 2007

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posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 10:33 AM
After reviewing the Top 150 ATS Topics of 2007, I found myself both agreeing and disagreeing with the thread choices making the list. Surely many members feel the same way since ATS is nothing if not controversial.

I noticed that the Top 50 Thread list was ranked by "most replies". I find that interesting and ironic as ATS is all about Denying Ignorance and we all know that many absurd threads get lots of replies. Furthermore, many insightful and informative threads go unnoticed.

I thought it might be interesting for members to post their opinions on which threads were the most important, convincing, compelling, substantive, eye-opening or mind-changing. In other words, which threads, according to members, are content driven and not publicity driven? Which threads worked to broaden our perspective as we worked to Deny Ignorance?

Certainly some of the threads posted here might duplicate threads listed on the Top 150 list, but many will probably be different. It will be interesting to see how members compile the list.

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 10:42 AM
Here's one I think is important. We see the principle behind this thread playing out every few weeks or months:

The Shock Doctrine: Disaster Capitalism

The PTB have found a way to make money off of the fear they perpetuate.

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 10:59 AM
I saw the thread splash banner and thought: List time. Remanufactured eye-space. I skimmed the 150. Some I hadn't even heard of, that I might read.

The ones that seem most prominent just for me are [HOAX] modified titles.

My favorite thread so far wasn't statistically significant at all. I was like all OMG, on werstoopid's tweeny with a camera but that wasn't favorite. My favorite "Denied Ignorance" in a very special way.

OMG. My fav isn't even on ATS per se. It was a thread started by a Dad about Christmas and his kids. Rang up big stats qualitatively for me and a few close friends. Thanks L & L.


[edit on 30-12-2007 by Mira_of_lurk0more]

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 11:04 AM
reply to post by Mira_of_lurk0more

Ditto to that!

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 11:04 AM
I think some of the Hoax threads are important because they show how quickly the members can figure out someone is trying to hoax them. In most of those threads, someone has good evidence it's a hoax in very little time.

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 11:05 AM
Great post!

Different flavors for different people.

On a personal thought my vote would go for the Isaac Caret or "Drone" thread. There was and is pleanty to learn from some of the intense research that has played out in that thread.

On the other end of the spectrum, I have a hard time with the "HigherLight" mumbo jumbo. Even Sleepers thread wears a little thin with me.


posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 11:17 AM
reply to post by Becker44

You're so right! My eyes gloss-over when I try to read through those threads. I find them to be somewhat irresponsible but they are obviously important to many, many ATS members.

My only question is , where's the proof? ...But, alas... that is fodder for a different thread and all input is welcome here.

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 11:20 AM
reply to post by Becker44

Watch out for Fuji-san, Super Dave. That's from my Dad, '44. It's a Global conspiracy. LOL. The drone one has me thinking about information warfare and stuff. It's too thick to sort but you know there is "something" there even if it's nothing. Plop a rock in a still pool type of thing.

That recent one with the guy recycling the saucer shmutz is classic chain-jerk. Daddy's file is dated way earlier and is mpg. Springer said, "bored on Saturday", AD has the answer! Dance Party!!! on BTS. That's the one I'm actually having fun with when I should be studying. LOL.


posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 12:34 PM
Are you kidding me!?

I find it hard to believe more members don't have even one thread link to post that they think is really important or informative. Obviously, it doesn't have to be one of your threads but have you not been impressed or influenced here on ATS? If not, why do you continue to log on? What are the chances of us waking anyone up or revealing any truths?

We have seen the statistical ranking of the Top 150 and we have seen the Top 10 as discussed on ATS MIX, but what does the life blood of ATS - its members - think?

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 12:51 PM
I think the method of using replies to determine a 'top' thread is flawed. Half the threads in the top 10 are filled with nothing but back an forth bickering along the lines of "yes it is," no it isn't!"

Plenty of times on those sort of threads, you get replies up to 5 pages, then someone joins in the thread without reading all 5 pages and bring back a subject that has been covered on say.. page 3. Then it goes on again with the back and forth arguments to page 10. Rinse. Repeat. Meh..

In that list of 150 top threads, I found the following thread to be the most informative:

IMPORTANT: New Board Code Update: Thread Display

Sad, isn't it?

As for a thread not on that list that I found informative... it's your thread, KJ, the one in my sig (not kissing-butt here).

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 12:52 PM
I have a couple that didn't make the list...

Population reduction: Why not?.

This one, imo, is important because it shows the darker side of humanity and some people's believe that they are "better" than others, just because of geographical location.

The FIOA Document forum...

the whole forum because I think there is a chance that we here at ATS can use these docs to possibly uncover some real truths about some a lot of different topics.

This one also which made the list I think...

Did the Space Shuttle dock at the Secret Space Station tonight?

I think this one is important because the thread uncovered lots of interesting info about the shuttle missions etc..., and I feel NASA is lying to us about a lot of things and is basically a smoke screen for another, not so public space program.

There is a couple of mine. There are others but that will do for now.

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 01:23 PM
Great Thread Kosmic!!!
I also think we should go bump our favorite threads to the front page so others can either reread or learn something new. I am most interested in Space (I think I have this fantasy of a better life on another planet for all of us
so I will start with this topic and add more as I go.

Here are some of my favorites from Space Exploration:

New Discoveries are confirming electric sun

Possible first earth like planet "super earth" found outside our solar system

Wrong Galaxy. I am afraid

Fascinating Sounds from Space

Forest on Mars

Something Strange is happening in the outer reaches of our solar system

There are so many...I will be back to add more...

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 01:53 PM
I had to really think about this one.

I would add: The most interesting pictures of Mars....a must see.

And who could forget:[hoax] E.T. false flag to begin in August [hoax]

I've got to hand it to GhostRaven, he created quite the controversy, and even though he was hoax'd out, some members still try and connect dots to what he had to say. Flagged 177 times, and 95 stars. Now that was some real fun.

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 03:23 PM
reply to post by Beachcoma

I read the thread you linked. I never knew what that bar under the points section was until now. Thanks. It's hard for a semi-noob to think that ATS hasn't always been just like this, so easy to use. I completely agree about replies being a flawed measure for Top Topics - for all of the reasons you stated.

(BTW - thanks for the shout out regarding SWFQW, of course every momma thinks her baby is the cutest! LOL!)

I am going to go back and read some of the other threads posted so far. I am always interested in other people's perspective, especially those members I am familiar with and/or respect and admire. For instance, I had no idea SEEWHATUDO was into the space forums as I usually see her in other types of threads - that is making me pay a bit more attention to the threads she linked. I am also interested in reading the Population Reduction thread, I don't know how I've missed that one as it's more my genre.

There are so many threads on ATS, I was really hoping this one would be an index of the really compelling ones for this year. Thanks to everyone who has replied.

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 08:19 PM
The votes have already been cast...

The Most Important Threads of 2007
The the most important 150 threads, as flagged by members.

posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 08:36 PM
Nice. I figured we get this one tomorrow. I was glad to see the Barksdale thread beat the hoax for top thread of the year. Cool to see how the lists compare to each other.

Few surprises of threads I thought would have been higher.

posted on Dec, 31 2007 @ 01:37 PM

Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
The votes have already been cast...

The Most Important Threads of 2007
The the most important 150 threads, as flagged by members.

Where's the hotdog disappearing in the microwave thread? Or did I just miss it?


posted on Dec, 31 2007 @ 02:53 PM
reply to post by Dr Love

Hey Dad,
it's wierd how this works - IMO some threads are a bit silly, like the one about porn being blocked by ISP's (worthwhile, but why care?) yet this receives more replies and flags than a thread about the dangers of electronic voting.

OK, I know it's down to individual perception, but we see this time and again.

Maybe I just have an isuue with issues

posted on Dec, 31 2007 @ 03:05 PM
reply to post by budski

, I fail to see the dangers in an electronic voting system which provides the voter no tangible evidence to show exactly who he or she voted for. No dangers at all. Always listen to dad and never think for yourself.


posted on Dec, 31 2007 @ 03:12 PM
thanks again dad for your wonderful advice.

I shall endeavour to take it on board, and be true to the word of law which is Dr. Love - don't you remember mom telling me not to think cos it doesn't suit me?

You bet I'll remember this time - I don't want the belt again, or the cupboard.

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