I think it is time for that introduction;
I know, I know, not a new member, right? But I waited on purpose...
I mean, seeing as I didn't want to introduce myself too early,( I mean, what If I didn't like you, or you didn't like me, right??!!) and I
didn't want to not do it at all, I am going to tell you all a few things about myself, in hopes that I will be able to gain more, and add more, to
I joined ATS in December of last year. My goal for joining this site was to (originally) gain more information into the UFO phenomenon, and possibly
add some labor time to that field.( I actually got here just as the Stephensville episode took place!) I know that this field is full of a lot of junk
at times, but seeing as I
know that they are real, I wanted to see more discussion on what their (the aliens) objectives were....
Well, I stayed at that forum for quite some, and Added a thread to help better prepare myself, and others, for a sighting.
And THEN, I noticed all of the other forums here on ATS. It has been enlightening in some cases, and disturbing in others. Just like ufology, there
is a lot of junk to sift through in every field.
Overall, it has been fun, and exciting at times. Sometimes, I spend too long scouring News Sites and ATS though..
I even find that I take this board too seriously, lol. (and then back away from the keyboard, slowly.....)
So why am I writing this introduction now?
Here's the thing; I have noticed some things here on ATS, and I wanted to vent/discuss them without derailing any thread. I think that I have a
different perspective from the average person,( or maybe I don't and just think I do) that many of you may not have thought of.
For lack of a better way to introduce this, I will do it in numbered form:
Things to Remember here on ATS
1) Not all of us have been on a board before.
I admit that when LOST was on last fall, I tried following a message board about the show, but gave up before ever posting. But my point is, a lot
of people are new to this type of interaction, and being treated like an idiot by members, (for spelling errors, lack of proper search, incorrect
posting area, etc.) or condescended to for having a naive opinion, (chem trails, drones, etc.) does not help the cause. You claim that you want people
educated, but attack viciously anyone who makes a post that is not as good as you can do. This keeps many off the boards, or worse, defensive and
Which leads to my next point...
2) Things you wouldn't say in person shouldn't be posted.
I know again, the point of this is to allow people to have a voice they can't or won't have in our society. However, one should not post things
that are demeaning, offensive, or attacking, seeing as they wouldn't say it in person. I mean this in no way to be offensive, but I KNOW that maybe
1% of the people on this site would say to my face what 20% of you have. And those 1% are either crazy or stupid. (or as my Dad says, a bit of
3) Some of us are
I type slow, I barely just learned how to BOLD
items, and my Photobucket account makes me want to destroy my computer. If I had a crystal
clear video of Aliens attacking D.C., I would never be able to post it online. I am sure that lots of new members here are just like me. Give us a
break, will you? At least we are trying!
4) Allow me to say "I'm Sorry!".
The fact is, Typing for some people is like having a conversation out loud, but in my head. As a person who is very demonstrative, I know that the
implied meanings in my posts or threads may be confused, and maybe before attacking, you should ask for clarification. I have had both outcomes on
this site, and the effect was amazing.
In one, I had a member U2U me, and ask me to clarify a seemingly offensive comment. Upon reading it, I understood the confusion, and fixed it. No
harm no foul.
However another time, I was attacked by mods and site owners without anyone giving me the benefit of the doubt. ( the nice person mentioned was a
mod, so this is not a generalized statement) Maybe sometimes things are just mistakes and confusion. Maybe sometimes we get too caught up in our own
conspiracies, and think that everyone is out to get us. Maybe we should let people explain themselves, and believe them.
5) Everyone is not the "Man".
Not everyone who disagrees with you is a debunker or disinfo. A lot of people are just "denying ignorance".
The same goes for the other way around. All newbs are not hoaxers. They are not here to clog up the boards, and most are not trying to break rules. As
I mentioned before, for many, this is a new arena. It would be appreciated if every time some overzealous person who defended a video that they saw
on the history channel, (which probably sent them here in the first place) wasn't attacked. HALF the things I believed before I came to this site
have since been debunked, and I would have SWORN that they were real before. Just lay off a little...
6) There are common understandings between all people.
This is the last point I wanted to make. Look, some facts are in contention, but some are just realistically understood and should not require a
reference or explanation all the time. If it is common knowledge that gravity makes you fall down, go BOOM, then it should not have to be cited and
referenced! If I see one more thread about the constitution, an Article we can all read in person, and have people say, "where? Where does it say
ARRGGHHH!!!! Get the picture?
Anyway, I will leave it at that, and maybe a few more personal details in case you made it this far:
I believe Creationism and Evolution are not mutually exclusive, but actually part of the same.
Aliens exist. Period.
God exists. Double Period..
Liberals want to take your children, and Republicans want to sell them. They should work on this together.
If I ever want you to take me seriously, I will tell you so in the OP. Otherwise, it is a different slant on a topic long discussed. Like me trying
to find some humor in everything. (my motto)
I am a Marine Corp veteran, who is going to school while living with two disabled vets. Cut me some slack if I vent here sometimes.
I think that the Mods here actually rock, and If I ever get a different title, it will be because of your hard work. (had to read far to get that
I think that we all need to seriously stop asking IF
aliens exist, to HOW
does this affect us and what do we do next?
Thanks for the Rambling space, hope that I see you all on the boards!
Jason J Nelson
P.S. Thanks for the early support of Greeneyedleo, Internos, Semper, and midnight destroyer. (I got a sociology "A" because of all of you, on an
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