posted on Oct, 18 2008 @ 06:29 AM
Ive been on ATS for many years.
As a long time lurker before joining.
ATS has gone thru several stages since i have been a member.
Not all of them good, but most are.
With our expanded membership, we gained acceses to a bigger audience, and also, with our newfound popularity, we attracted members with agendas...
We got an influx of people who came to ONLY POST on one topic.
We had an 10 fold increase in hoaxs/nonsense.
We have had cliques develope
We have had some members reach, 'brand name' status for thier posts. When you see a thread authored by a certain member, you know with a good
certainity that that member is going to be posting with an anti-american veiwpoint.
ATS also has shifted VERY FAR to the left.
When i first registared, it was probaly 30% Far left libs, 50% indepented-thinking-people, who deconstruced the meaning of the issue. With the
remaining 20 % Far right bush bots.
The new demograohics are very diffrent.
The average ATS member now is no longer the independent thinking person, who uses logic and reasoning to come to a conclusion.
The demographics now are probaly 85% Far Left libs, 10% independent thinkers, and 5% far right bush-bots....
Also, i would say nearly 100% of the far left libs, are realy nothing more then ObamaCrats... and will move back towards the middle once BO is in
3/4 years ago, the Average ATS member was someone who would take time to break down the issue 10 diffrent ways.
The new ATS member is nothing more then a repeater of what they hear thru the MainStream media. The New ATS member is incapible of admiting when they
have made a mistake.
The new ATS member has lost thier ablility to reason logicaly.
In the old ATS, ideas were able to be deconstructed, and disscused, without predetermined outcomes.
Now, Emoitions rule ATS, if it feels good, do it. Ignore the facts if they disagree with your predetermined conclusion.
I realy just hope that this is the election season just making people over-emotional, and unable to think.
If ATS is still like this 6 months from now... Then we will just have to adapt.
In the past, you could debate someone, and put forth great points, intresting veiws, and out side the box thinking.
Now, you misspell a word, and some poster thats been registared here for a week, JUMPS on you and says that they cannot read or understand because of
a mispelled word.
Now, instead of examining the issue, these members jump on an single line, and attack the wording, rather then the overall idea.
It is all these small changes that have brought about the overall lower average member.
Now, that being said, there are still MANY, and i mean MANY posters on here that do EVERYTHING that happen back in the old days. Thinking
The problem is, in the past, on a page with 20 posts, 18 or 19 of them were GREAT posts.
On ATS today, on a typical 20 posts, mabye 3 or 4 go at the issue seriously...
2 or 3 complain about spelling
2 or 3 acuse the poster of being a brainwashed right winger
2 or 3 are worthless one liners
And the rest are personal attacks between members.
In the past, threads were packed with information, ideas, and opinion
Now, threads are packed with garbage, fighting, retorich, and nonsense.
I hope people can look thru the spelling mistakes that i undoubtly made, and see the IDEA behind my post
There is one last thing i must add...
People are banned here on ATS more then any other site ive been at.
I just saw that another poster who i had LOVED to read was banned 9 months ago...
Over the years, i have seen MANY MANY great posters and members get banned.
Some of the mods on ATS must LOVE to swing the Ban-hammer...
And although they probaly deserved it, i have to say, i am VERY VERY VERY surprised that so many of the posters i looked up to when i was first here,
are now banned.
Im the biggest skeptical/noncomformist/trouble-maker/patriot that i know... ive been temp banned several times, but i know when to admit when im
wroung, and to learn from the experience...
I guess thats why i am still here posting, and they are gone...
I would love to see a list of ALL banned members...
It might read like an ATS-AllStars roster...
[edit on 10/18/2008 by TKainZero]