posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 04:18 PM
I used to remember a time where I saw one or two one-liner posts per month. Now, they're such a common occurrence that moderators don't seem
to care anymore. Also, the amount of sensationalized thread titles has risen drastically. I don't know why it's happening, but I can tell you one
thing for certain: It will not get better. It only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch. Every single veteran user on ATS could put a lot of
time and effort into fixing the community of the site, but nothing will rid us of the endless tools who have a pointless, yet nonstop vendetta against
the site and trolls who have nothing better to do than post a doomsday prediction thread, get 100+ stars and flags, and watch for weeks as ATS members
scramble around like fools.
The most important thing a lot of ATS members don't understand is how easy it is to troll. I could come up with a very lengthy post on why
July 15th, 2010, will be the day that President Obama is assassinated by a Cuban native, which will lead into a very short war with Cuba and will be
the catalyst for the war in Iran. I could provide many "sources," tell a story that my "cousin" told me that has a lot of paragraphs but doesn't
really say anything, and act completely serious for every reply that I make. Then, when the prediction doesn't comes to pass, instead of
leaving, I could make an "I admit, I was wrong." post, have countless members on my side, and become the next "celebrity" of the site with
Gold/Cosmic status on my account. And you know what the worst part about it is? If played out correctly and intricately, there is absolutely nothing
anybody can do to stop me, because nobody could ever prove anything.
All of this happened in the past, but there were so few people doing it that nobody noticed. Now that we're seeing prediction threads almost every
week, it's becoming much clearer. People might think there is a sinister purpose behind this desensitization, and there might be on some
private group level, but for the most part, there really is no purpose other than self-amusement. People on this site used to say they came here to
learn, but most people I see nowadays say they come here to be entertained.
That says a lot.