As I do with nearly all the new threads I make now-a-days, I'm putting up a disclaimer that all discussion in this thread should be kept at a high
decorum. I would like it if people would not try to deter the topic at hand. Also, I would prefer people to not degrade my intelligence for bringing
up this subject (usually with false accusations and unnecessary smilies).
I do not believe that there is a "starred and flagged" conspiracy, but I am beginning to lean in that direction. Whenever I like a thread, I will
flag (and sometimes star, if I remember) the thread, and I will also try to get in on the conversation, unless it's a huge conversation already and I
do not have any new information to offer. To my best recollection, I do not believe in all my time on ATS that I have ever actually POSTED in the
topic that I was starring and/or flagging a topic (if somebody wants to go through all my posts to prove me wrong, be my guest, but what I do know is
that if I do not remember it; therefore, I am pretty sure it was rare).
Before the starring system came out, I do not remember a time (outside of admin threads that were asking for it) where a user would casually make a
response and add at the beginning or ending "flagged". Even after the starring system came out, at first, I did not see anybody saying that.
However, it seems like in almost every thread I'm going in, people are saying this. If the first user that popped in your head was
"DimensionalDetective", then I do not blame you. I do not believe he is a paid informant, a secret disinfo agent, etc., and I do believe that he is
a hefty contributor to ATS. I rather enjoy reading all his topics, but it seems like in most of his topics, I keep seeing users saying stuff like
"starred and flagged", "s&f", etc., and it gets rather annoying. If somebody likes the thread enough to star and flag it, he or she should just do
so and be done with it. What use does it say to say "starred and flagged" in a topic? To let the original topic creator know that he made a good
But would not one's response in the original topic creator's topic be enough? I understand "going the extra mile", but come on now. It almost
gives an unfair advantage. If one enters a topic with a lot of flags and a lot of "starred and flagged!!
" messages, won't a person
immediately think that the thread is instantly deserving of being starred and flagged without first fully reading all the content that the topic has
to offer? I'm sure most of the time, it is understandably justified, but I just do not see the point of it.
Personally, I would love it if the data of who was starring and flagging a topic was to be made public
, that way we could see exactly who is
starring and flagging what topics. After all, ATS is about discussing the truth, so why not be truthful? Who knows, we may see the exact same people
flagging certain threads made by certain users -- we won't know unless we try.
[edit on 6/5/2008 by SonicInfinity]