posted on Jul, 13 2008 @ 08:07 AM
First, what would be the nature of such fix in question?
What happens whenever a site is generated, is that such a project is started by several individuals who have more or less same dissatisfaction to
other sites. It also happens to be case that they see a market to work in. Those individuals are usually ones who can think for themselves, and such a
group attracks more people with same capability and/or interest.
As site gains popularity and draws new members, statistical truth about humans in general begins to show up. This means that views of world and truth
itself stats to disperse to the extent that serious conflicts will arise. It is a problem in social environments, and it won't go away. Ever. This is
one of the things that you cannot change in this world, no matter how pissed off you are about it, from where comes the saying you can't change the
There are however several ways to miminize such conflict and keep threads interesting to members. Also, you propably shouldn't concencrate on those
threads that are, for you, totally impossible to be true. As you said there are threads that are intelligent enough to participate in.
Do you really even have the time to participate in every single thread there is? If not, then your obvious and logical act should be to ignore what
you don't like or what aggravates you in some manner, and concencrate on those thread that you truly have time for.
It is clear that if majority of threads are indeed crap, what follows is that reputation of those who thinik differently is partially lost as well.
But can you really help it that much? It happens in every possible context in life.
Only working model would be to close up part of forums for those who because of somebody's opinion deserves such closed environment, and that does
not work. What would happen is birth of elite, which would be invite only. Such an environment quickly adapts to believe in common ground and again
dismisses everything that is outside of it.
Because our subjects are what tehy are, such an act of elitism would destroy everything that ATS still is, so I for one would not want such to happen.
What would you think will happen if in our environment we suddenly officially divide people to those who are crazy and to those who are
There is in fact one system of moderation that works better than others. That is the system slashdot (www.slashdot.org) is using.
On that site, everybody who gets a "star" is also allowed to give a star. Others are not. It is based on points, not stars, but I just used it as an
I wonder what Springer's opinion on such a system is..
Anyway, about the best thing internet has to offer is birth of new information. This of course is dependant on what you are using internet for. I
could start to write with my own name, and you can bet that quality of my posts would increase because I should actually care if my opinions ever
surface in a job interview, for example. So, that would increase quality but it would also decrease out of the box postings because of the same
[edit on 13/7/08 by rawsom]