Originally posted by OzWeatherman
OK, time to say that I have almost have enough of this website. There is to much claims of ignorance and not enough denying ignorance, and in some
case it should be denying idiots.
Sorry to see that you're thinking this way. Unfortunately, the point at which you've arrived is the "nature of the beast" in these types of
fine-focus online communities. Consider the evolution of the average long-term member...
The first thing most people feel upon their first few visits is overwhelming astonishment at the depth and breadth of content
on ATS. There's an overwhelming number of pages of content (nearly 2 million unique pages), much of which the newcomer has never before seen or heard
of. And on top of that, thousands of new ideas appear each day.
It can be very rough on those newcomers who create an account and attempt to jump into the fray by creating threads and
responding to threads. For some it may come easy, for others the level of conversation and required decorum may involve a difficult adjustment.
3) Comfort Level:
For those who get past #2 and begin to post material that gets noticed, eventually a comfort-level sinks in and ATS becomes a
daily routine. Friends are made and the member finds their main areas of topic interest.
4) Community Spirit:
As experience develops and more online acquaintances are solidified on ATS, a sense of community spirit sinks in. A strong
desire develops to help with "community watch" and alert staff to inappropriate activity as well as lend a helping hand to new members.
5) Burn Out:
As time goes on, many members experience some degree of burn out. Most times it comes from developing a familiarity with the
subject matter and a feeling that nothing new is being posted. Sometimes the burn out may be inspired by what is seen to be an increasing level of
disagreements or bickering. In reality (and every long-term member can confirm this), nothing has changed with ATS, the member has changed... the
apparent level of intellectual growth that was inspired by participation in ATS has slowed or stopped because the member has absorbed all they can
within their areas of interest.
After the burn-out sets in, a decision needs to be made. The majority of members who reach this point eventually take ROAD
and stop coming or significantly slow their participation. But an important minority realizes that they've taken as much as they can from
participation with the members of ATS and the only way to continue to "deny ignorance" is to take ROAD TWO
and begin focusing on giving back
to the public brain-trust by working hard at creating new threads and ideas that push themselves up to and beyond their intellectual limits.
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Of course, there's also many members that never advance through these steps and perhaps never even get to #3. We aspire to
be different and ask our members to adopt our unique (for online) stance of common every day social graces. Some are unable to adjust, and a few
display their frustrations with our decorum requirements in public "flame outs." We make no apologies, we're not for everyone nor will we ever try
to be. We're designed for people who want to end up taking road two once they reach the crossroads... each time I see it happen, all our effort is