posted on Sep, 9 2009 @ 08:37 AM
Hi all. Over the last few months, I have noticed a sharp increase in the number of negative comments directed at members that are new or recently
registered. It really disappoints me to think that so many ATS members are quick to highlight the date people join, and use this as a way to smear
them, just because they do not like the opinions and views they share.
I can understand that there are people who either make "additional accounts" and then draw praise to their ideas in order to show that people
believe and support them. I can also understand that certain issues strangely result in a large number of recent registrations. Yes, there will be
people who do join for negative or deceptive reasons, but bad apples like these exist in all areas of life. We should not be demonising all new
members and lumping them together with a dirty minority.
I think the line is being crossed by some members. Firstly, date of REGISTRATION does NOT imply that this person has not previously visited ATS
before. I myself have been a regular browser of this website since 2006, but only decided to register an account in March this year. The reason why I
did this has nothing to do with hidden motivations or being a disinfo agent. I did it because I simply had had enough of reading very biased and
one-sided threads on certain issues, and felt that my opinion on these issues would be valuable to the overall objectivity and truth of the issues.
No, I do not think that my views are superior or that I am an awakened individual. But when you see people repeating the same arguments through the
same approach through the same repeated methods etc. you just cannot take it any more. Thus you decide to join a place like ATS and voice your opinion
on the matter. I thought this is exactly one of the goals of the Owners of this site: to encourage people who have some interest in conspiracies and
or alternative topics to read and consider the views of others - no matter how unique their voice, and decide to contribute in a thought-provoking
At the end of the day, ATS does have its negative attributes and there is room for improvement. But it is one of the few remaining mediums that allows
true Freedom of Speech. There are many wonderful threads within this website that not only discuss and analyse conspiracy theories, but also encourage
new visitors and old members to question things about their reality and the world around them. Given the nature of the website, one can understand
that members would be suspicious of others at times, but why not give even new members the benefit of the doubt?
If people come across issues they feel passionate about and want to add or comment on the views presented, why should it be emphasised so boldly that
they registered their account recently? It just seems like a smear-campaign to attack the reputation of certain members because their views are
ATS is widely regarded as one of the major "Conspiracy" orientated websites and the number of registered members continues to grow by the day. Also
remember that there are MANY people who enjoy reading and analysing the views of others and do not feel the compulsion to put forth their own ideas
until they have built upon their experiences within the issue.
Fellow ATSers, let us continue to be conscientious and expect a high level of quality input from our members. But let us not deter potential members
from joining and contributing to the discussion. After all, even the Veterans around here can remember how it was to be new around the block.
Thank you for your time,
[edit on 9/9/2009 by Dark Ghost]