posted on May, 8 2010 @ 05:28 PM
reply to post by jrmcleod
I wouldn't say It's increased just since January, it's been on the rise for a while now man.... I'm not sure that what's being said is worse than
it was a year or two ago though, not worse in content but perhaps worse in the amount.
There used to be more Anti-everything threads a while ago than there are now, although there still are and the number of bigoted, racist and just
plain nasty people does seem to have increased too.
It is a real issue and plenty of people have left because you just can't have a decent discussion on here any more without it descending it a
slanging match or people just blatantly saying hateful and spiteful things about people, groups, sections of society or whatever.
Unfortunately when you become more popular, as is ATS' main goal, a sense of community and spirit disappears and the whole "working together to
uncover the truth and stick it to the man" element has long since left this place....
You also get the plants and shills from whatever groups just here to cause trouble and division and stir up hatred and trouble.
It's now like some weird, futuristic cyberpunk-esque landscape where gangs of raving lunatics roam around and just shout down everyone they don't
agree with and poison what decent threads we do have left... and stifle any real discussions by blaming everything on Muslims or Liberals or whatever
it may be...
So many people have contemplated leaving recently and it is a shame, but there's not really a lot the owners or staff can do.... so long as it's not
against T's & C's then it's ok...
Hopefully it's just another "rut" or "slump" as people always say they are, but I think most of the members who have left and most of those I've
received U2U's from about leaving and those that have even made threads about leaving, see it as more than a Slump or rut.... this is a serious
problem and I'm not sure there is a solution.
[edit on 8/5/10 by blupblup]