Now, I have only been an ATS member for a short period of time but it's become quite obvious to me (and in all likelyhood, to many other members)
that ATS is a forum that seems to be seriously skewed towards catering to some of the most ridiculous, far fetched, idiotic and lunatic ramblings
imaginable. The worst part is that these threads attract so many "favourable responses" in return that it almost boggles the imagination how any
level headed, intelligent, mature and rational individual can even possibly contemplate the legitimacy of the original posters theory/hypothesis, etc.
The majority of threads provide absolutely NOTHING by way of proof or evidence except the posters inane ramblings and yet manage to attract droves of
Below is just a very small sample of threads with NO supporting proof, evidence, source material whatsoever and/or containing ridiculous subject
material and yet receiving high volumes of positive and reinforcing responses:
"Timewave Zero - a Contdown to Transition" - High BS
"Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - Will We Finally See the Moon Base ?" - Medium BS
"A Look At The Other Side - My Near Death Experience" - High BS
"Who Is Your Best Guess Who The AntiChrist Is ?" - Extremely high BS
"Paul McCartney Dies In 1966 - Replaced By Billy Shepherd" - Extremely high BS
"Something Has Changed, Timeline ?" - Off the scale BS
"Stargates Are Real" - BS
"Many of You Are Aliens" - Extremely high BS
"The ID on 'Operation Blackjack' has a secret message" - Complete and utter BS
"Vampire Encounters" - hmmm, lets see now ... more BS
and the list of similar threads without a single shred or pretext of evidence or logic just goes on and on.
And the surprising thing is not that these posters believe what they are stating (which is a sad commentary on its own) but rather the sheer numbers
of responding posters who get "sucked in" ... perhaps itself a statement on the quality and standard of the mentality of a large proportion of ATS
In fact, there was a thread a few days ago along the lines of an unknown and unseen ATM member "helping" another ATM member achieve an
out-of-the-body-experience and the number of responses asking for similar help and "offering words of support and encouragement" bordered on nothing
short of the insane. How so many people could get so easily sucked into the ramblings of an individuals personal fantasy is hard to comprehend. And
yet it was immediately and unquestionably accepted by 100's of posters that this original poster DID achieve an OOBE with the help of another unseen
and mysterious ATS member without any evidence whatsoever... what total and complete BS !
From what I've read on this board, I have no doubts whatsoever that it really wouldn't take all that much to make up some absolutely brainless and
patently ridiculous and unproveable theory, post a thread and manage to suck in a large number of responses and believers. The more bizarre and "off
the wall", the greater would be the attraction ...
Sure, "freedom of speech and expression" and such like is to be encouraged but it's too bad that ATS doesn't have some kind of *snip* filter to
weed out the most asinine, ludicrous and waste of time posts before they hit the boards ... perhaps then the quality of the remaining ATS posts would
go up quite a few notches to the benefit of all those members with a modicum of common sense who can differentiate between being fed obvious BS and
something that's worth reading and possibly commenting on.
Yes, I know that my comments and attitude is going to get me a large serving of vitriol and retaliatory flame posts but I'll bet that there are many
of you members who deep down agree with my comments regarding the excessive amount of "trash threads" appearing daily on this board. Sometimes I
think a large proportion of threads are created primarily so the OP can "hear the sound of his/her own typing" and to get a vicarious thrill from
responses that positively encourage the delusional content of their post and do NOTHING to enrich or enhance the lives of other members.
Ok, I'm off to see what other delusional crap has been posted whilst I've been creating this thread ... no doubts, plenty.
Let the abuse begin ...
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