I do agree with you, fran, it does seem like the more 'veteran' conspiracists are not around as much anymore.
I think it is probably natural... but it is really beneficial to have the veterans... because they can help guide the rookies.
Without a guide, it is hard for the rookies to see the same 'big picture'... but I think the general knowledge itself is increasing for everybody as
a whole - especially as the 'big veterans' make conspiracies popular.
Dan Brown is a big one, whatever your opinion of him.
I will admit, though, that creating popular threads is something of a frustration for myself - not because I want stars and flags, but because I was
under the impression from the 'veterans' that those topics were at the heart of conspiracy 'lore'...
But with so many 'rookies' -- these threads receive little or no attention at all.
Maybe there is just too many threads that they get buried rather quickly and easily?
I don't know, somehow this site will need to figure out a better way to 'filter' the crap out.
It sounds incredibly subjective, but we have to agree on a common basis for what is a 'good thread' I think.
Otherwise, we just wade in crap - which I guess is the nature of the game anyways... but it would be nice to change the game a bit just to keep it on
an even keel.
Anyways, here is a couple threads that I thought would be 'ATS gold', but I guess not, just to illustrate my situation and frustration - because the
topics don't get discussed in any other threads, and mine neither...
Gold Rush 21 (Documentary)
Video: Stop S.510 - Fake "Food Safety" Bill
Depression Created on September the 11th, 2008?
And maybe I am just too lazy to generate discussion... I don't know I guess I'm still a noob...
Maybe I am over-analyzing... who knows.
P.S. It is really
annoying that I get a warning about plagiarism every time I copy and paste thread titles into the URL links...