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Originally posted by Kram09
I agree with OP and couldn't have put it better myself.
You seem to have a different opinion to whatever is posted and you get slandered left right and centre.
Most times i come on here and its the prophecy/false flag attack/alien revelations of the month. All of which turn out never to happen.
Then there are usually 5 new threads with Americans tearing chunks out of each other over Obama's birth certificate.
I used to consider telling people about this website, but lately i've just decided not to. Some of the threads on the main page sometimes make me feel embarrassed to come on here. Not all the time but sometimes.
I suppose you are inevitably going to get some nuts amongst the people who just want to calmly discuss subjects, in a rational manner and not resort to sensationalism or personal attacks.
Be that as it may, i have to say this site has gone downhill. Don't get me wrong i am not saying it has totally lost its way, i do still come here, just that its just not what it once was in my personal opinion.
Originally posted by piddles
I have also noticed a denser group of people with terrible argumentative skills.
Someone will present fact, with thoughtful commentary, and the other side will be too prideful to say they're right, so they just say "no that's not true", having no additional evidence, they just reiterate the initial argument.
Also there's a huge surge of people who trust the submitter's reading comprehension and their source of new implicitly, rather than reading the article for themselves and basing their own opinion.
it's like someone stabbed the pursuit of the truth in the ass
[edit on 21-7-2009 by piddles]
Originally posted by Pathos
I agree with the original poster. I'm very-very new to these forums. Before I signed up for an account, I was interested in the topics ATS had to offer. Once I started to get involved, I realize forumites have a wide range of age and educational backgrounds. Even though you present actual evidence to certain people, they abandon rationality for name calling. I found myself on a few occasions digressing. I'm a little saddened as to what has happened.