Originally posted by Say_It_Already
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I've been lurking for almost as long as you have been a member. I was just stating my .02 and you can't tell me it's an inside joke that i might
not get, it's a scam- everyone knows! It's no secret. However, I totally respect your opinion. I just respectfully disagree.
* didnt know where else to put this in, since i need 20 postings and it needed to get off my chest*
Thank You for at least hearing me out.
You are right I can’t tell you, but I can type it out, which I already did. So you better understand what a lurker doesn’t have is “I am a
friend of list”.
If you look at my ATS Profile Page several hundred members (many of whom I have never even seen a post from or communicated in any way with) have
selected me as a friend.
Many of them studiously follow my threads and posts by using that feature on someone’s profile. They do that either because they presumably enjoy
reading my posts.
So in reality there are a few hundred ATS members that potentially are interested in what I have to say, before they have even read it. They aren’t
always going to a thread because they naturally ran across it but are going to a thread because my profile stated that I posted on it. Such people may
be in fact more interested in what I have to say on a thread than what the Original Poster has or any other member has. Such people would be more
inclined to star my post to the thread regardless of what’s in the post, how long it is, or what it really says. Primarily because such people
simply like the overall history and quality of my posts and the online persona I have developed through posting them.
It’s not about time spent on the site, it’s the level of interaction with others that has occurred on the site.
What I might convey through two lines of script might conjure up things I have said on other far more lengthier posts that causes them to read more
into it, and approve of it more than maybe you or someone else not familiar with me would.
This is a sensible, rational, and real explanation and I think if you take the time to check profiles of people who get heavily starred for posts you
might not always understand or appreciate why they are getting starred so much, you will see that they have a significant number of ‘friends’ on
That really does explain most of what you feel you are witnessing, you might want to consider looking further into it, and by accessing the profiles
of members you feel are being overly or unfairly starred.
Thanks, and keep posting, the more you contribute to ATS in a positive and noteworthy way, the more likely it becomes anything you post will become
noteworthy to some other members.
Edit to add a recent example:
The referenced post there is something I considered to be a humurous post I made on a fresh Mason thread:
In it I claim I want to be a Mason, that alone would be hysterical to anyone who knows my online persona. I go on to say I am worried though because I
am a convicted felon, a career criminal, a convicted sex offender, and a bed wetter, all of which are things that would cause the Masons to black ball
(reject a candidate for membership) and would any of the ATS Masons put in a good word for me.
Yet in the post I note that being a bed wetter is likely the real deal breaker because of sleep overs.
This is extremely funny because anyone who knows me KNOWS I am not a bed wetter!
The post got significantly more stars than most of the replies to the thread.
Check it out and see for your self.
[edit on 9/8/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler]