I am writing this out of a concern for some of the younger members that have found their way to the Above To Secret forums.
Of course, this may not be the most popular perspective, and a lot of you will pounce on me immediately, but that will not mean that I am
Recently, I have recognized a lot of interaction between members that blatantly admit that they are young, and what can only be described as "members
that are thinking waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay outside of the box". To put it mildly.
In a lot of cases, these younger members are actually coming right out, and asking for advice and input. And, some of the advice they are looking
for, is possibly involving, or showing signs of some SERIOUS issues. In an effort NOT to alienate, frighten or hurt any members, I will refrain from
giving examples in this thread. But, I doubt if anybody can really deny that this is happening.
I am a father as well as an individual that has worked with the mentally ill in the past. And, I can tell you that, if my child was having problems,
showing signs of mental illness, or just plain had some "Big Questions", the last place on earth that I would want them looking for answers, would
be in these forums.
And, this is not to mean anything negative against ATS members as a whole, but, instead, reflects the fact that the anonymous nature of these forums,
coupled with the subject matter ensures that there will be a percentage of members that have NO BUSINESS interacting with, or advising younger
members. Especially, with some of the more serious issues that are sometimes posted or explored here.
Also, I do understand that this situation is by no means, unique to ATS. Obviously, the same potential problem exists in a myriad of other similar
The difference is, as far as I can tell, in the many years that I have been a member here, this site, and it's members, have striven more than other
sites, to take a more responsible, logical and "proper" road than many others on the web.
In other words, our group wishes to be taken seriously, more than others out there.
I have some ideas that would help with this situation, but I will hold back for now. I would like to see what you people, and the ATS Staff thinks of
this issue first.
However, I would ask one thing first:
Before you reply to this thread, please imagine that you are a parent, with a possibly troubled child. Now, think about the topics, conversations,
questions, answers and sources that that are explored and utilized in forums like this. Not to mention, "personalities".
Now, ask yourself, in all honesty, if you would want to find out that your child was using this as a point of reference for their issues and
questions, both internal and external?
[edit on 6-1-2010 by LASTofTheV8s]