posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 04:36 PM
Bah...if it ain't broken, don't fix it, says this old curmudgeon.
I love ATS just the way it is. But if it must be changed, well, I hope the direction will be towards simplicity and intuitive usability rather than
further "feature bloat."
Another thing...not strictly related to ATS but to the net in general...I am seeing the slow death of a text-based net and the increasing
"videoization" and "youtube-ization" of everything, everywhere. Messages get shorter, simpler, often encouraging more black-and-white thinking,
less patience, more ADD/ADHD, more crudity. The written word is dying, "an elegant weapon for a more civilized age." This saddens me greatly. Yet I
remind myself change is inevitable, in all times and places. I hope in the face of this unstoppable trend, thoughtful and nuanced exchanges that are
longer and take patience to read and write will continue. I trust they will among those of us who value them.
Whatever new directions things go in, I am quite sure that SkepticOverlord and the other staff will continue to do the excellent job they always have
in maintaining ATS as perhaps the greatest messageboard on the net. They have my continuing thanks and support.