I know this will probably be over looked, but....
While I personally hate this current political conspiracy wave; the hate, fear, and division it caused in this forum, I can't help but feel it's
always been like this.
Before this Obama-conspiracy craze, there was Bush and 9/11. If people weren't talking about those things, it was religious bickering which
overshadows all of the other topics.
I think the reason why most long time ATSers are annoyed by political-centric conspiracy treads is because it has been dragging on for a while, one
But to be honest I don't blame this trend. I think the reason why political based treads are so popular is because it has the ability to capture and
cling on to it's audience.
It's not because those political threads has quality, but because it appeals to all people across the board. Whether we like politics or not, it's
intertwine with our life. So everyone can have a say in it, thus keeps it alive.
On the other hand, topics such as cryptozoology, aliens/UFO, and paranormals are only popular amongst a handful of people (in the west). But the
problem isn't the lack of audience on ATS, the problem are the threads themselves.
If you guys haven't notice for the past fews years, many threads regarding those topics has been lacking in quality and appeal. Most people (ATSers)
just don't put in the effort to do research, provide evidences or provide personal input for their topic or their responses anymore. As a result
those topics never gain enough momentum to get anywhere, and if it do, it usually burn out quickly because of the lack of intelligent discussion.
So what fill the void? That's right!! Political-centric threads. Let's learn from nature and create competition of those entities.
So let's not blame the new ATS members, whether they are right-wingers or left-wingers. Let's blame ourselves. We dug ourselves into this mess, and
it's time we make an effort and dig ourselves out of it. All we have to do is just sit down, think, carefully write down our thread or response,
re-read it, revise it, and then submit it.
THEN AGAIN!! I do feel the removal of PTS forum (Political Top Secret) may be partly to blame for this boom is political-centric conspiracy threads as
well. I may be wrong, but I don't recall those threads being so prevalent until after PTS was shutdown, despite all of the confusion and troubles it
caused. Though I don't know how much that is going to help now, it's kind of how the admin/creator kindly created religious debaters and bigots a
"Religion/Spirituality" section in BTS, yet they still go on ATS to rant and fight just to be heard.