posted on May, 2 2008 @ 12:44 PM
The OP makes some good observations, and that's probably the reason why so many members come and go (or sometimes just go & don't return) after
posting for a few months.
Someone with original ideas backed up by thorough and painstaking research is usually going to find an audience and become a published author, getting
paid for their views. Most serious and capable researchers are busy doing field work, digging out FOIA documents, writing and editing their books, in
constant demand on the lecture circuit or otherwise time-committed to running organizations and generally doing real stuff, in the public domain,
which matters. They acquire reputations. They don't waste time with uncontrolled, free-access internet forums.
The 3 Amigos decided ATS should be free and open access with no subscription or joining fee, so the site has to be funded by advertising. Apart from
observing the T&C, anyone can join up for free and start to post whatever ill-researched, paranoid or deluded rubbish they like with little or no
editorial control. This is why ATS forums are so full of ignorance, which in reality is rarely 'denied' but is endlessly recycled in thread after
thread with the same content and the same entrenched, ignorant views, ad infinitum. Some genuinely good research is posted but it is the exception
rather than the rule and it's difficult sorting wheat from chaff.
Posting in an ATS forum seems to give some people an inflated idea of their own importance. When encouraged by reasoned responses, how often have you
seen a stupid position entrenched and defended by a poster determined to ignore any and all evidence which weakens it? Secure and confident in their
ignorance, they spout forth because they 'KNOW' that THEY are right.
Many posters are obviously young and inexperienced. They are computer literate, easily influenced by elaborate CTs, have time on their hands and can
join up for free, let off steam and feel they are participating in something important.
At the end of the day, it's just an internet forum. Here today, gone tomorrow. Just for fun. It's wise not to get emotionally involved. Real people
are still out there in the real world, doing stuff which matters.