posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 08:44 AM
reply to post by watchZEITGEISTnow
Trolls make them money - yep that's right you heard me. The more trolls or disinfo the more HONEST people respond out of frustration to help
educate them on their mistakes..
...they want friction so more people join in. Of course they won't admit this - why would they?
I have to strongly and respectfully disagree. Just off the top of my head:
1). ATS is the only forum I personally know of that removes off topic posts to keep the discussion on track. Bunny trails, deflection, personal
attacks, and off topic banter all help increase the post count of a thread. This in turn leads to more page views which in turn leads to more ad
revenue. However, we have the 'Off Topic' tag to nip thread derailment in the bud. If ad revenue was more important than intellectual on-topic
discussions, there would be no such thing as removing off topic posts.
2). Trolls are banned all the time. There's what is known as 'the right to community management clause' in the T&C's. This allows members who are
only here to disrupt, troll, flame, attack, and be a nuisance in general to have their accounts terminated. They may rile feathers and result in a
plethora of replies to their posts (thereby generating page views and revenue) but they are shown the door.
3). Just a few days ago we had THIS
thread sent out site-wide to cut down on the
political trolling. Political trolls inspire responses and create page views but it was still cracked down on for the sake of intelligent
Honestly, I've never seen a website that is as hard on trolls and off topic deflection as ATS is. The actions are done to uphold standards of
discussion and it does take away from ad revenue. Flaming draws profits and bystanders who constantly refresh pages to keep up with the drama but that
is not allowed here.
Most forums simply delete blatant things like porn, spam, or outright vulgarity in an effort to get as much revenue as possible but ATS does not do
We DO try to be patient and work with 'problem members' as much as possible but when it's a hopeless case or the T&C's just aren't getting
through, members do get banned. I feel your accusation is based on a damned if you do, damned if you don't approach. If we try to keep the trolls
away, accusations of censorship sprout up. If something slips through the cracks, we get accused of allowing it to happen for the sake of revenue.