Originally posted by OzWeatherman
When I first came to this website, three years ago, I was simply blown away by the in depth discussion, high quality of threads posted, and the heated
yet, challenging debates of various view points on a great range of topics.
Thanks for bringing this thread to my attention, my friend. Yes, yes, it's starred and flagged!
And I understand perfectly what you are saying. ATS is not the same anymore to me either. But to be honest I think it's because I
When I first came here, everything was so interesting, new, exciting! Since then I have read and read, and even though I have never been the most
active thread starter or poster (I still haven't reached 2000 posts!), I have tried to make inputs whenever I thought I had something to contribute
to a thread in one of my favourite forums. Now I post even less than before, and I spend less time here.
You see, many of the topics I found so exciting when I first joined, I now know a lot more about. I have found answers to many things, mysteries have
been solved, and when certain topics/videos/images come up again (yes, some topics get rehashed a lot) they are simply not that interesting to me
anymore. Because I have been there and done that. I have read, followed links, learned from some of the very best ATS members (people like ArMaP,
Phage, Internos, JKrog, nablator, ngchunter, weedwhacker, also you Oz, and many others), and they/you have inspired me to do research on my own.
I have also gotten a lot better at recognizing hate speech and threads that in my opinion are only meant to bait, provoce, make you angry, lose your
patience and look bad. Personally I am convinced it is just a baiting game to many of the people who start those kind of threads, and I seldom read or
follow them anymore. I don't have any patience left for them. I have realized that life is way too short for trolls and hateful key board warriors.
Most of the time I just skip their work and move on in the hope that the threads will die quickly.
So I guess I have changed more than ATS have changed. It makes ATS less interesting to me, something that feels a bit sad. It also feels sad that many
of the members who were active when I was a noob are not around anymore, for different reasons. Some of them I miss very much. I also miss Mutter, it
was a great way stay in touch with people and have a lot of fun. But ATS has after all been a great learning experience to me, and I am a wiser person
today than I was when I first stumbled into this place.
For that, I thank ATS and my great teachers and friends here. You are one of them, Oz. It's because of members like you that I continue to hang
around and write a post once in a while.