You used to be cool...
...you've changed, man!:shk:
Prepare thyself for yet another whine thread...
I guess the turn has come to me now.
Ol' Raudsy boy has grown tired and old while ATS remains hyper-active and immature.
Up until a few months ago I sat here daily. When ever I had a free moment I logged in just to check the latest word.
It was like that for all the years I've been on this place. I've said to myself many times that I've never been loyal to any
But now...nah, I just don't know anymore...
I know many agree that something has happened at ATS the past few years and that it has gone from a steady slide into total free-fall the past
The wave, or rather tsunami, of new memebers who seem to be in their puberty or younger, has washed many of the veteran members, who actually had
something to say, out the drain pipe.
Gone are the days of sane discussions and debates that brought insight.
Now what do we have?
Kids, screaming at kids over topics we've gone through and over for years already, you know; old stuff.
I look at the most flagged topics and what do I see?
Same old, same old.
I click on one of them just to see if I might be mistaken, but no.
Same old, same old.
The star and flag system is obsolete too.
Doesn't mean nothing anymore.
The dumbest threads get the most flags and stars these days.
Maybe it is time to have a thumbs up or down system like on YouTube or something?
This place is getting ridicoulus, just like 99% of the rest of the internet.
ATS has now become the laughing matter it tried not to be for so many years.
This place is no longer the safe haven for intelligent discussion it used to be. It is now just another forum with those typical members...
The friends I've made here have either become ranting ol' farts like myself, or bitter debunkers, or quit the place all together.
Some say it started as early as the '08 Presidential debates. Since I didn't participate in those discussions, I wouldn't know.
During the Beijing olympics I understood from the surge of Chinese patriots that ATS had made itself a blinking red dot on the map. "They" had
I think I didn't realize the width of it up until the Smolensk plane crash - now, that same red dot had attracted the masses that are even
than a (supposed) "political" infiltration and/or surveillance; the mainstream.
To put some conspiracy into this, maybe it's all one big discrediting campaign?
"They" spotted ATS as a rising star that attracted sharp minds and organized them into a "dangerous", liberal, truth-uncovering think-tank.
"They" didn't like what they heard about the place so they started infiltrating and dug around.
Now, what they found might not be of "terrorist" nature, at least not yet, but they do not fancy taking chances.
Instead, they pulled the plug on the place, bloating it with accounts and increasing the attraction level for advertisment. And as we all know, an
internet rumor spreads like wildfire. This time, the word was that ATS is the place to be if you want to discuss the
Nibiru-Atlantean-Dulce-Chemtrail connection! omg w00t lolz!!!111
I know it might just be my crazy brain making this all up, but hey, I keep seeing way farther-fetched stories than this...all the freaking time
Besides, with or without the conspiratory parts of it the grim facts remain: ATS has taken a turn for the worse. Kids are taking over the place. The
general tone and atmosphere in the boards are getting more hostile and childish.
ATS loses credit. People roll their eyes at the mention of it, and this time they might as well do it...I know I've begun doing it.
Even dear R.A.T.S is going bad. That place used to be like a cool shower when the heat of stupidity in the general boards got to hot to handle.
Now, the soothing breeze that place offered has become luke-warm...the crappiness is sneaking in there as well. Yey.
I won't say like many of the other drama queens that I'll quit!!!
but I have already stopped coming here daily (that is
a major change
in behaviour when it comes to me!) and it just keeps getting longer in between.
I check from time to time what's new and quickly realize that all news are bad news.
ATS = All Troll Society.
I spy with my little eye something that starts with "Sell" and ends with "Outs".
And now for some constructive critisism:
Mods, get rougher, faster, tougher!
No more dupliacte threads!
Improve the search function so that we can truly say (in the troll's own language): "rtfm, use search or gtfo!"
Remove the flag and star system! "Applause" is the only valid way to show credit.
Stricter rules for new members until they may post threads, etc.
Advised age limit of 20+!
More boards with limited access (minimum 10 "applauses" for membership)!
Insert a built-in protection against one-liners (minimum character limit)!
Unleash a zero tolerance kick and ban campaign!
That would be what I had to say this time around...
Like anyone cares, huh?
Well, welcome to the Rant board...