I've noticed a negative trend on ATS.
I am sure I am not the only one to be aware of this problem.
The latest "wave" of ATS members and their "ageinda": Spreading fear.
These "waves" of new members seem to roll in and out just like the tide.
The similarity between them is that their "invasion" is triggered by some sort of event.
Usually some sort of "internet rumor" sets these people in motion and I guess ATS is not the only board out there getting it's fair share of the
Prior to the Beijing Olympic games, there was an uprising in Tibet.
As this was being discussed, ATS suddenly got a big influx of Chinese members (nationals and/or natives).
They all were on the same page; the situation in Tibet was the Tibetans own fault and the Chinese government did all it could to sort out the
These pos(t)ers frequently linked sources to Chinese, patriotic blogs.
When confronted with serious accusations for being paid agents, these members disappeared off the face of the board, not seen since.
However, this kind of behaviour is nothing new.
I don't know if one sees them more clearly after being on the boards for a couple of years or not, but at least to me it seems like these kinds of
"invasions" are increasing in both occurance and width.
The latest trend that comes with the "invaders" is fear mongering on a large scale
I find this trend to be the most dangerous and damaging one so far.
The posters who carry this message follow a similar pattern;
* The "truth" about an event is not interesting.
* What these posters make up in their minds will stand as facts.
* Links and sources that disapprove their claims are never visited/read.
* Links and sources that approce of their claims are always
* The task is to outnumber the rational/veteran members in the current thread.
* Make duplicate threads on the same subject to make an "illusion" of a "hot topic".
* Link to your own blog and claim it as a valid source of information.
* Sorcha Faal.
* "Hit and run" tactics; creating an account just for a few posts in the same thread.
* The mission goal is to spread panic and fear
I guess this list can be made twice as long (feel free to contribute to it with your own observations).
ATS is free for all, and that, in general, is a very good thing. Everyone gets to post and do their best (until they get banned) and even though some
members are way out of line, they are permitted to speak (out of) their minds (maybe some of my posts look like crazy talk to you as well!).
This kind of "rant threads" are quite common as well, I know (since I have written some earlier on other issues), but the last post on the above
list is what makes me worried the most; what seems like organized apocalypse-mongering
We live in uncertain times, yes. There is much change going about, some good, some bad. The environment is taking some bad hits and there are lots of
earthquakes these days, yes.
But right now, the worst thing to do is to panic!
you are in on some sort of "agenda".
Does that sound totally out of place?
I don't know, but spreading fear about terrorists
isn't too much unlike that of telling everyone that the end of days is upon us.
There is money to make off peoples fears. We all know that.
Another thing that troubles me about this thoughtless behaviour is that some actually believe
One can't prowl the internet boards, screaming "apocalypse!" not thinking that no-one won't take it seriously.
Not that ATS can have any responsibilty but there is a very real danger that other members will freak out totally and maybe hurt themselves or people
For example; one of the latest "invasions" were about the Smolensk plane crash (also known as "Katyn 2", a popular name that is not only a
towards Russia but also to the victims of the Katyn massacre of 1940).
All points on my list above were in action, but the main goal was different.
In that case, the idea was to create (or strengthen) an anti-Russian mindset.
The accusations made were straw-grasping at best (some sources came from known militant muslim webpages
that I don't think ATS wants to be
related with) but some of our more veteran members did fall for it.
However, if one wants to believe that the crash was set up beforehand, it's not such
a big problem (even though the anti-Russian emotions on
that issue almost became racist).
But to tell people, over and over, that the World is coming to an end is much worse
Now, the Smolensk disaster was a pretty massive event, but it doesn't take that much to get these mongers going. Even that drilling rig that fell of
a barge in a canal the other day made people scream armageddon all over the boards, trying to top each other with the most fitting biblical quote (how
come we almost only see biblical quotes when it comes to fear-mongering?). Thread
Many out there are confused and afraid. Many of them seek answers on what is happening to the world. Some of them look for answers on internet
forums...some here on ATS.
My hope is that we can make this place better than the other; that ATS can serve as a source of valid information
instead of fear, lies and
As veteran members, we should always take a little of our time to crack down on this kind of irrational behaviour and make a stand for the validity of
ATS (that I fear is on the decline).
I've been reading (and writing) numerous rant/complain threads on different
subjects, but I hope that you can understand that I am trying to stress a specific problem here.
I am also surprised how I managed to keep my head on the level in this thread.
Usually, I only get through the title before I go like :bash:
Maybe it is because "it's serious" this time...
What I see in some of these "invaded" threads are members that are afraid, I mean for real
What if one of these scared members are parents? Mentally ill? Minors/juveniles (like some/many of the "invaders")?
These crazy, apocalypic preachings do reach the "real world". There could be chain reactions... I won't say more on that now.
Don't let ATS fall into that category of "crazy conspiracy forums"... We are so much better than that.
Let stupid rumors meet their grave here.
For those who seek the truth about a crazy story, let them check ATS first and see if it was BS or real deal.
Say no to fear-mongering, hearsay, rumors and gossip....and most of all;
keep denying ingorance!
Thank you for your time,
/Raud (caring for the status of ATS)