reply to post by alyosha1981
Funny you should voice these grievances now...
I've been thinking a lot about it recently, and I am pretty sure I am not the only one, so I think those in charge should take it very seriously.
What irks me - and I am putting it very mildly - is that there are threads that clearly do not belong on ATS (at least as I understood the concept of
it when I first joined it), because they are simply an exchange of purported experiences echoing the original post, without any real discussion about
the phenomena underlying - but at the same time BTS is full of threads that would actually belong here.
(Not everyone shares your high opinion of BTS; and this has nothing to do with the people or subjects covered. It's just that once a thread lands
there it's pretty much dead for all intents or purposes.)
For example, there is a thread going on about celebrities who "were" dead and now they are alive "again".
Disregarding the fact that this very subject has been broached extensively in AT LEAST two previous threads, to my knowledge, there is the matter of
quality of discussion. Namely, there is none. It's just a pile-up of personal stories and thoughts, which are by definition impossible to verify, so
their "objective" value is nearly inexistent.
Even worse: judging by the reception of a few posts that did try to steer the talk in a more fruitful direction, discussion is actually shunned
in that thread.
How, then, does it belong here and not in the "chit chat" section of BTS?
On the other hand, I have seen threads on BTS that are of great informative value and integrity.
For example, there is a thread featuring very good documentary photographs of a delightfully elusive physical phenomenon called the "green ray".
Not only it ended on BTS, but it is was posted under - "member art". (?!)
I also remember a potentially very interesting, not to mention useful, thread about books.
And there is a thread authored by yours truly about a fantastic learning resource that clearly delighted many of the kind and articulate souls who
frequent this site. I can tell because it received more than 20 flags in a matter or two or three days - before it was suddenly moved to BTS, on
grounds too ridiculous to be repeated here. (Sorry: it's true.)
Since then, it hasn't received a single flag.
(If you read my opening post in that thread, then you know my sentiments about flags and stars. I always thought they should be dispensed with.
But the fact is they DO show the level of interest that a thread generates.
And while I get nothing - not even a "kick" - from flags or stars, all the potential beneficiaries from that thread did. A LOT.)
So, yes, there definitely is a need to review - and thoroughly so - the process that determines what thread goes where.
Unless it is
all about money.
In which case, of course, nothing of what is being said here will matter.
[edit on 6-1-2010 by Vanitas]