I feel the responses so far have been extremely enlightening. Trying to get a feel for the current state of play
is no mean challenge when it
comes to something as complex as ATS. It seems to me it's as important as the stats. Qualitative research I believe they call it.
I think the explanations for the fluctuations in quality are excellent. Obviously we can't expect those who are finding their feet as it were to
fully comprehend the whole ethos from the off.
And thank goodness for the characters. Plucky: I seem to remember a fair few one-liners from you.
Most of them contained two words beginning with P
& S, incidentally.
As for Scooby Doo - looks like we may have another Schrodingers or Major in the making.
And I see Blossom Goodchild receives more than a single mention. What a Dame!
Am I perhaps the only ATS-er who had the audacity never to click on one of those threads?
Interesting what Juston has said about initially feeling intimidated. It may be a very personal thing, but I can't help wondering if a simpler,
overhauled FAQ instruction booklet might enable newcomers to find their feet a little more easily, as it would arguably free them up to concentrate on
the 'what' more than the 'how'. (I don't want to go off topic - just a thought.)
Juston: interesting how you describe the basic tenor of this site. From what you and others have said the way it is policed has a positive impact on
who choses to stay. There are plenty of trashy 'post-what-you like' mob-rule sites out there, so I really hope this board maintains its distinctive
character for many years to come.
Interesting what ST said about topics too. I agree the harsh realities of recession are hitting home to such a degree many people are naturally
gravitating towards current affairs.
But long live John Titor and Blossom Goodchild, not to mention knife-bearing fish-aliens. (Oops - controversial
There's quality in every discussion, pretty much. The broad opinion - so far - seems to be the good quality discussions are prevalent, at least for
I have to admit, though, sometimes the lighter topics are
(I should probably spend more time in the Gray Area, not to mention Skunk Works!)