posted on Oct, 15 2008 @ 10:04 AM
It was the best of times... It was the worst of times...
Yesterday was not an easy day to be an ATS moderator. It seemed as if the universe of vocal and fanatic believers of Blossom Goodchild's "Galactic
Federation of Light" descended on ATS to anticipate the predicted arrival of a massive mother ship. And at the same time, an equal number of cynical
personalities who enjoy posting in flames, also showed up to make their opinions known.
As the dust settled, we broke every single-day record in all categories, including traffic metrics as measured in unique visitors and the number of
pages viewed. Everything came together at the right time in the right way... the recent design changes funneled 89% of new home-page visitors into
content (an unheard of stat)... and the recent technology improvements enabled ATS to run swiftly and flawlessly throughout our biggest day
(page-views on the day were nearly double our previous biggest day).
But more importantly, our staff, proved they are without doubt "the best staff on the Internet (tm)."
It was difficult them on several fronts.
We had a topic many of us suspected was the product of either a deluded person, or savvy and creative con artist (or strange mixture of both).
For weeks the moderators showed tolerance for those who wanted to promote Goodchild's vision.
For weeks the moderators managed, as best they could, the derisive remarks from cynics.
For the past few days, the moderators contained dozens of attempts to launch new threads on the subject.
Yesterday, moderator "whack-a-mole" was in full swing as they worked over-time to contain off-topic remarks, dozens of unneeded new threads, and a
wide range of related madness.
No one knows how difficult it can be to tolerate topics that one may disagree with more than I... I felt our staff's pain. But the ideals of
AboveTopSecret.com, and the stellar professionalism of our staff, was true hero of the day (along with some very insightful and stunning
contributions form many members).
Our staff showed how it's possible to let the members work out a provocative topic.
Our staff showed a stern hand in dealing with snide replies... but a tolerant stance in allowing a topic to run it's course.
Our staff was pushed headlong toward the breaking point of lesser sites, and merely shrugged it off, confident in their own ability to handle whatever
is thrown at them.
And a record number of people saw this, saw the unique approach of ATS moderation, saw the firm management of staff, saw a gentle tolerance, and
experienced a site like no other.
Yesterday was not a day where a potentially fraudulent topic enjoyed undue attention, it was the day where AboveTopSecret.com proved our mettle. Chaos
and ignorance lay siege to ATS, and quickly left mortally wounded in utter defeat. I'm proud of our entire staff, and our membership who understood
the job and role of our moderators.
It was a great day to be a member of AboveTopSecret.com.
[edit on 15-10-2008 by SkepticOverlord]