posted on Aug, 24 2008 @ 04:26 PM
Having been a member of ATS since Dec of 2004, I have noted and partaken in numerous changes within this website.
One of the adverse thorns that I have been observing in this site, are the sensational headers for threads that appear to be more directed at
generating points then actually denying ignorance and allowing the Truth to ring forth in its entirety.
In saying this, I as a dedicated member, cant just throw out an arrow with out the possibility of a solution. Those members who are sincere, please
hear my plea. Im looking for a solution that makes this forum shine beyond its current status. A reduction in thread hash, and an increase in valid
and well thought out thread content and response.
Therefore, in saying this we must realize the following:
The points system here on ATS is one where thread generation and participation regardless of content seems to promote point values. Whether its
noteworthy or not. That a thread of outrageous content or premise can generate more hits then one of solidity. This requires wisdom.
Those point values, to the superficial visitor, denote authority, and perhaps content knowledge when that may not be the case at all. At what
point do we differentiate a gossip and hype versus true content and well thought out responses?
We as members, know that point values can be low, based on spending for services provided by ATS, but to the new site visitor or member, that may not
In an effort to enhance ATS and its ability to promote the truth and a bastion against ignorance, perhaps we need to deny the number of mere posts,
and make it a member based scoring system. A system by witch a thread that is starred puts a point in that members profile and threads that are
without merit are left without recognition.
Our avatars and modification to our profile could be done according to attaining a level in member based votes, rather then spending and continual
accrual. In other words, a member who hit 1000, would gain the ability to modify their profile, otherwise, up until that point, nothing could be done.
Then, you would know those, that are the true veterans of ATS, and those that have worked hard, including the site owners and mods, who labor to keep
our content premium.
It is in this manner, that we can use the the conscience of the whole to identify those posts which we as a member community, have mulled over and
give credibility to an answer that may in fact be the a better selection for the denial of ignorance.
This thread was inspired by a dream which I had, where ATS had made the front headlines of a newspaper which I held in my hand. The top forum on the
internet where others might go to find the facts, an not merely hype. There are many topics here, but lesser so, topics of merit. How do we turn the
tide against the churning of threads versus the pursuit of the Truth?
How do we make a better ATS?
IMO, we should change our point systems in a a manner that denies frivolous posts and merits posts of thought as an example of going beyond the
standard norm. That the star system becomes the only method of points, and the lack of stars becomes the lack or recognition.
The number of hits a thread gets, still could rank the thread at the top, but there could be a star count that could also be put within the parent
forum so we know how many people read the threads and justified giving credit to the posts therein.
Are ATS members noted for their content or by their scores regardless of content?
Is it the number of hyped up threads of controversy, or the presentation of well thought out points that some members here demonstrate.
There are many members here, that read an entire thread, which can be many pages long, and then they spend considerable time formulating their
addition or supplement. To them I give a hardy salute and a thank you. Thats why I come here. Not to read threads of garbage. If I wanted that, Id
read the Globe or other hype.
A merit based system on member votes only, rather then by the number of hits or responses. Take the churn out of making alot of hoopla.
After all, once the Truth has been spoken, who can come against it?
Something to think about...