It's hard for me to believe, but this will be my 1000th thread
This is what ATS looked like when I first arrived here on July 17, 2004:
ATS has been called many things....business...front...community...cointelpro...home.
For me, this special place is my virtual "town square"
with all of the diversity, strangeness, wonder and inspiration of the real thing.
When I first came to this board, I was a 'n00b' in the purest sense. I had zero experience with online forums and even less with conspiracy topics.
Admittedly, I found many of the (insert obligatory Australian accent here) "aliens ate my baby" threads wacky and ridiculous. But over time, even
those have grown on me. If nothing else, they entertain.
Because I think ATS is a rather special place, I hope many of my threads contributed something meaningful to the crowd...even if also just to
"In biological terms, a 'community' is a group of interacting organisms (or different species) sharing an environment. In human communities,
intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the
participants and their degree of cohesiveness."
It occurs to me that ATS isn't really just a single town square, but multiple town squares....town squares with memory...and for the most part a good
measure of civility.
Thank you, ATS, for welcoming me to your town square(s). Thanks to the ownership and mods. You've done a hell of a job building and maintaining the
It has been a real pleasure.
Cheers to everyone for making this place fun and informative!
I look forward to the next thousand!
[edit on 1-5-2010 by loam]