ATS and similar sites allow people to vent. So do the Comments sections of online news sources. And when you read the comments in online news, you
generally find considerable more anger than on ATS
So it's not just ATS, by any means. And if ATS were to attempt to censure 'angry' posts, those posters would simply move to other venues
Anger is what it is. Anger is also defined as 'disappointed hope'
So let's examine 'disappointed hope' ....
Every time there's a general-election, for example, people's hopes are raised by politicians who promise 'change'
Then people's hopes are dashed once again when they see those promises are empty and nothing's changed at all
We could take those who 'hope' for disclosure re: extraterrestrial aliens, UFOs, etc. These people believe/want to believe that aliens will arrive
to save them, or at least that 'important people' (politicians, scientists, etc.) will 'admit' extraterrestrial aliens exist. Or they hope for a
mass-arrival of aliens. Until that happens, believers will continue to be angry over what they believe are cover-ups -- and will remain basically
angry about the fact they're growing older year by year and could even die without witnessing what they so fervently hope for and believe in
Others are sure the world will end in their lifetime --- that their religious belief in a 'rapture' and Armageddon will be manifest. They've
invested huge amounts of time and energy into this and want a 'pay-out' for that expenditure
In the above and other cases, people energetically defend their beliefs, whether they involve extraterrestrial aliens, world's-end scenarios or
the more threatened they perceive their beliefs to be, the more angry and heated the defence
that's because people identify with their beliefs
and when you attack their beliefs, they regard it as an attack upon themselves
when you discredit their belief system, they feel you're discrediting them personally
So people defend their beliefs with the same fervour, in many instances, as they'd defend themselves
It happens in coffee shops and living-rooms and bars all over the world. The more someone has invested in a belief, the more heatedly they'll defend
ATS could be likened to a huge bar or coffee shop where people of like-mind form groups to discuss various topics and to defend them against sceptics,
disbelievers and members of opposing groups using various weapons such as sarcasm, ridicule, dismissal and outright denial, etc.
Quite often, when everything around them is distintegrating (their personal life, career, financial security, etc.), the more heavily they invest in
their pet hate or belief. Religion, for example, was often the only thing people had left to sustain them in past eras, when plagues, taxes, warfare,
loss of all those they held dear had stripped them to the bone. These days, some people have substituted belief in aliens as their religion. They
feel that if that is taken away from them, they'll cease to exist. So they angrily (and desperately) defend as if their life depends on it. Same
with other beliefs
Also, in defending their beliefs, some people believe they are making their hopes 'come true'. Just as they fear that if they allow an attack on
their beliefs to go unaddressed might cause their hopes and beliefs to be 'destroyed'
The resulting skirmishes make for a volatile environment. But all it takes is a click of the mouse to make it all go away