posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 08:22 PM
Everyone will hate me for this, but I don't star or flag anything or anyone.
When the explanation of this came up in reading the rules when I joined,
I ignored it. I don't think I'm speaking for myself, I'm hear to read and exchange information - not to enter a contest. The notion of a point
system on a forum is form an earlier time on the Internet.
This isn't a video game, there should be no winning and losing involved. The whole notion strikes me as adolescent.
As I've posted elsewhere, I think ATS is great in concept. There are some really intelligent and insightful people.
But as it operates now, the inmate are coming closer to taking over the asylum.
The good and even decent stuff is being drowned by a deluge of teenagers, those pushing hard and persistently racist agendas, pranksters, the sadly
delusional, and a range of other types who just pull the level of discussion down tremendously.
If there is a point system, those who draw away from the discourse should be discouraged. Otherwise the whole thing just threatens to become
The intelligent people will leave after too much frustration, (I'm halfway out the door) and it will just devolve into a bedlam situation that people
will remark was once interesting.
Sorry for my negative take on things after less than two months here, but that's how it looks to me.