So The Top 50 All-Time Contributors List is Up! I am Shocked!

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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 04:49 PM
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I am impressed with this list. I respect many of the names on it....and there are some I absolutely don't like...but at least it shows their commitment.

ATS is known for it's secrecy...but for this....it shouldn't be secret.

The time invested by the people on this list is unfathomable.

I've always put my heart and soul in my posts...and although my opinions have changed...i've always stated what I REALLY FELT.

I can't spend the time I used to on ATS...my daughter deserves most of my time....but I'll never fully be able to tear myself away from this community.




posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 04:59 PM
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Congrats to the Top 50 Contributors!



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:23 PM
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congrats to all members
ATS is a living evolving hive mind of ideas and thought and takes its personality from its members and their content

brilliant

xp




posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 08:49 PM
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So I've been considering the unintended consequences of this here list over the last couple of days ...

First let me say I appreciate the virtual pat on the bottom, but ...

In the words of the inimitable Citizen Cope it does feel a little like being between a bullet and a target ... as in I foresee many a post preluded by the inevitable "pfff, I expected more sense from a top 50 member."


How do I know this will happen? Because I'm going to do it to Proto at every opportunity!


I'm just kidding, thanks again, congrats to all that made it and those that undoubtably will ... in fact the kudos goes to every member who has contributed to ATS for without our mutual interactions, no lists are possible.




On a side note, it looks like inactivity over a period of time precludes members from being included in the '50' ... the unfortunate side effect of this is that our friend jkrog08, who is surely worthy of inclusion, has been left out. Perhaps an exception can be made in his case and a way can be found to add him manually, if only to allow new members to more easily discover his contributions. Just a thought ...



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 09:18 PM
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In the words of the inimitable Citizen Cope it does feel a little like being between a bullet and a target ... as in I foresee many a post preluded by the inevitable "pfff, I expected more sense from a top 50 member."

How do I know this will happen? Because I'm going to do it to Proto at every opportunity!



Wait my posts are supposed to make sense? Now you tell me.

The great news is that like in Fashion you are only as good as your last line, and in Hollywood you are only as good as your last movie, there really is no advantage in being a star or ahead of the curve.

I think we have seen some very recent members like Airspoon come on like gangbusters and make a impressive body of work in relatively short order.

I still am in awe of how much applause you have recieved in your brief couple of years on ATS.

So I think it's going to be great for the site and enhance it's competitive nature.

I honestly don't know how I ended up with more stars than anyone else on the top fifty list because half of my posts are more or less to provoke people to think on a deeper level in antagonistic ways.

As one poster put so aptly on a comment on my profile:


This is first time I have ever read someones posting and had an instant love/hate reaction.You are very good at putting comments straight forward,I offend people when I try this.After reading your posts twice I find myself areeing deeply with most....very good.


The truth is I am not trying to impress people with my posts, I am just trying to be honest in regards to my own opinions and perspectives and understanding on things, without worrying about who it might impress or who it might offend.

As a wise Zen Master has taught many of us so well (S.D.) they aren't my stars, they aren't my flags, they belong to the people who awarded them to me, the shared community at large. The collective.

The only thing I owe the world is my honest oppinion, it's the only thing I have to give to the world too, besides my love and well wishes.

You can't loose something you never really had my friend, the rankings, the stars, the flags, they are all just abstract ideas, notions of something, that have no meaning in the here and now, what has meaning in the here and now, is an ability to share your honest opinions, and perpectives, and love.

That's something that can help us all moving forward, after all there really is no way to go back!

ATS is evolving along with the world, we just have to roll with it buddy!



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 06:36 AM
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You know how much you spend in a place when you see how many post you have during the years as a member, I can not even imagine how in the world I posted so much.

I have to say that lately I don't' spend as much time as I used too, but still I stop by too often


In my case I don't work my children are adults and all I do is exercises and take care of my husband and three dogs.


I seen the picture of you adorable baby if I had a grandchild I will be gone from ATS for a while too.



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 06:53 AM
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Originally posted by schrodingers dog
On a side note, it looks like inactivity over a period of time precludes members from being included in the '50' ... the unfortunate side effect of this is that our friend jkrog08, who is surely worthy of inclusion, has been left out.


Yeah, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you think about it, there are some CRITICAL people around here being left off that list. People that made a real difference.

I think it's time we put into perspective exactly what this list really is. If anyone's head is swelling, they sell ice packs and Goody's down at the local store.

Why would I not be surprised if another list is on the way, after all the contributors have now been placated?


And btw, SD, why are you pulling a BH on us and taken everyone off your friends list? I noticed that a bit ago, kinda surprised me.



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 07:21 AM
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Well i for one am glad to see the list of top 50 targets..... erm i mean members.

Well done to you all.

Now that you have all got the recognition you so rightly deserve perhaps you will now put your considerable energies into actually getting a life.

I mean some of you have posted so much that i had to use a calculator to define your daily post input.


So does this mean that you are the gurus of all human knowledge?..no it does not, does it mean that you are now targets for argumentative combat? on my part absolutely yes!!

My thanks go to Bill S.O. for providing a handy top 50 hit list!!

But i feel i must remind you all before the accolades go to your heads and egos, that the next new member you come across, who has no stars, no flags, no title, could be Stephen Hawking or Ed Witten, so tread carefully my friends.

Now that your names have been published for all to see, it is now up to you to be magnanimous and gracious, to show humility to your fellow members, who although less prolific than your good selves, contribute just the same.

As my final word on this topic i would like you to understand why i now consider you as targets.
I am an egalitarian, and as such i treat all people with equal value, this list smacks of elitism to which i am bitterly opposed.
Actually i am constantly surprised that a site such as ATS which claims to share my egalitarian viewpoint, indulges in contradictory activities such as flags,points,stars and titles, things which are clearly hierarchical in nature and against the egalitarian grain.

So, you have been warned, there shall be no mercy in the attempts to bring you back down to our level.
Shore up those ivory towers for the inevitable assaults to come!

Cosmic...



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 08:03 AM
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Is somebody angry s/he didn't make the list? Lol, J/K. Relax dude, I don't think anyone is pretending this to be the Nobel Prize. It's just a list of top contributors who have been recognized by their peers through flags and stars. I would hope that you reply to someone based upon the message, as opposed to the messenger.


--airspoon



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 08:25 AM
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Originally posted by Cosmic4life


Well i for one am glad to see the list of top 50 targets..... erm i mean members.

Well done to you all.


Nothing changes for me...


Now that you have all got the recognition you so rightly deserve perhaps you will now put your considerable energies into actually getting a life.


For some this is the best part of our Cyber lives... or the best compliment to our Real lives...


I mean some of you have posted so much that i had to use a calculator to define your daily post input.


You put too much time into others then, take time for yourself...


So does this mean that you are the gurus of all human knowledge?..no it does not, does it mean that you are now targets for argumentative combat? on my part absolutely yes!!


Nothing will change for me then...


My thanks go to Bill S.O. for providing a handy top 50 hit list!!


Nothing will change there either, I get character assasination attacks almost everytime I create a new thread. So far I have dodged the bullet, the ban hammer and yet I suspect one day an irrate and disagreeing member will send me over the proverbial edge.


But i feel i must remind you all before the accolades go to your heads and egos, that the next new member you come across, who has no stars, no flags, no title, could be Stephen Hawking or Ed Witten, so tread carefully my friends.


I always think in this manner, always. Could not agree more. And I also think that there are potential Hawkings and Wittens without the educational background nor the status quo, here among us as well. Also it was humbling to see myself at the bottom of the list... Made me think I need to strive for excellence, my personal best.


Now that your names have been published for all to see, it is now up to you to be magnanimous and gracious, to show humility to your fellow members, who although less prolific than your good selves, contribute just the same.


Thanks, and for some that is not who they are and why they attract a certain flow here, as for me, I cant live up to your or anyones standards of how they or you wish for me to be, I am an individual not a personality. And yes, perhaps it should be the top 100 or 250?


As my final word on this topic i would like you to understand why i now consider you as targets.
I am an egalitarian, and as such i treat all people with equal value, this list smacks of elitism to which i am bitterly opposed.
Actually i am constantly surprised that a site such as ATS which claims to share my egalitarian viewpoint, indulges in contradictory activities such as flags,points,stars and titles, things which are clearly hierarchical in nature and against the egalitarian grain.


Trust me, I am NO elite, I am surprised everyday I am allowed back on the site... As I see it, there is nobody superior nobody inferior everyone is simply him/herself. My addition to this thread alone should show you that, no I have been offered no Brandy and Cigars in any back rooms...


So, you have been warned, there shall be no mercy in the attempts to bring you back down to our level.
Shore up those ivory towers for the inevitable assaults to come!


Just take it easy. It's not that big of a deal, just some silly stats really.

Cosmic...



edit on 10-9-2010 by antar because: Edit to say, do not forget the people and member who do not care to post but read on a regular basis, they too are just as important if not more so than anyone on the list, they are no less than the best of our threads. I do not alwyas get the comments and the energy I "Feel" from those who remain anonomous. Yes from what you say you are the elite to the member who chooses to read and not post. So I guess then all is equal.



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 08:36 AM
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Excellent idea, I give my place but the stats would be wrong, why not put a side link to his work for say a year or so which can be linked to his profile?

I always stop when I see members signatures and his name.



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 08:41 AM
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Originally posted by Cosmic4life









So, you have been warned, there shall be no mercy in the attempts to bring you back down to our level.
Shore up those ivory towers for the inevitable assaults to come!

Cosmic...


Great, that all I need; more assaults on my Ivory tower!



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 08:45 AM
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So, you have been warned, there shall be no mercy in the attempts to bring you back down to our level.
Shore up those ivory towers for the inevitable assaults to come!


I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 12:52 PM
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As my final word on this topic i would like you to understand why i now consider you as targets.

I am an egalitarian, and as such i treat all people with equal value, this list smacks of elitism to which i am bitterly opposed.


Oh no! Have we run out of bread to feed the plebes again. Mark Anthony see that a ration of cake is distributed to the masses fortwith and commission a series of games and festivals to Apollo.

Have the prefects round up any rebel rousers and crucify them along the Apian Way.




Actually i am constantly surprised that a site such as ATS which claims to share my egalitarian viewpoint, indulges in contradictory activities such as flags,points,stars and titles, things which are clearly hierarchical in nature and against the egalitarian grain.


Speaking of the Three Amigos I would like to warmly thank them for the befitting gifts they brought to my manger of gold, frankeninsence and myrrh.




But i feel i must remind you all before the accolades go to your heads and egos, that the next new member you come across, who has no stars, no flags, no title, could be Stephen Hawking or Ed Witten, so tread carefully my friends.


Mark Anthony, check the tax scrolls and see if this Stephen Hawking and Ed Witten have paid taxes, if not dispatch someone immediately to collect.

I love this game, what did you call it? Divide and Conquer? I think it has real potential!




edit on 10/9/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler because: (no reason given)



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 01:12 PM
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Waho!

We are officially the elite
Can we refer to ourselves as the ATS Illuminati?



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 01:26 PM
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fine by me. infinite, general in the ranks of the ATS illuminati


congrats guys, really.

where am i on that list? according to the calculations i am somewhere inbetween 16,785 and ..... infinity...

you guys are good people. if anyone else says any different, they are a better liar than i am,
et



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 01:35 PM
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Originally posted by infinite
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Waho!

We are officially the elite
Can we refer to ourselves as the ATS Illuminati?


All kidding aside those of us who work tirelessly to expose the conspiracies and plans of the ruling elite, do as much to promote them by exposing people to them, many of whom presume that it's a for gone conclusion that there will be no stopping the elite in carrying them out.

Very much like many of the Islamaphobes end up exposing positive aspects about Islam as a religion and negative aspects in their own while slandering one and promoting an other, tempting open and curious minds to learn more about Islam than just the transparent carefully crafted slanders.

In Gainesville this week Jews, and Christians in many Congregations will have their Rabbis and Preachers reading passages from the Quran, which will number thousands of people being exposed to positive aspects of it, while only 50 are going to be actually buring the Qurans.

Yet what we all do either honestly, dishonestly, disengenously, genuinely, wisely or foolishly here on ATS is share what we know, or just as often as what we would only like others to know, promoting a free flow of information, that at times can be quite illuminating even though some likely do lament so much information is being exchanged.

Who I am sure is not alarmed or concerned by this, are the Powers that Be, who love and take advantage of the chaos that so much conflicting information, and so many differing oppinions create, to effectively divide the masses on largely meaningless superficial and emotional issues, while the Powers that Be drive the world in that vaccuum.

We are all illuminists shedding light on different paths, some that lead to ruin and tragedy, some that lead to promise and hope, all equally lost trying to find our way in a world where few see and want to accept how interelated and co-dependent we are upon one another to succeed and enjoy a quality of life.

For the time being we remain divided and conquered, ruled by voices of fear, anger and dispair on one side, and tyrants and despots on the other.

Many see ATS as a source of entertainment, some sport, some news, some as a platform and a soap box, and some for the real potential it has.

A place and a way for people to really begin to understand our inherent differences to learn through them, to compromise and forge a better path through the many shades of gray that color our choices.

That's the real secret of above top secret.

As Kosmic Jack enthused the top 50 members are all quite different in their different perspectives, hopes, fears, conclusions, yet we have all managed to come together in one place, where we seldom if ever agree, but at least haven't taken to killing one another yet!

That's some hope to Illuminate!



You, you illuminist you!



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 01:46 PM
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Thanks ATS! It has to be hard putting up with me half the time. I try to make up for it the other half.


Originally posted by Cosmic4life
As my final word on this topic i would like you to understand why i now consider you as targets.
I am an egalitarian, and as such i treat all people with equal value, this list smacks of elitism to which i am bitterly opposed.


Hmmm...

That sounds an awful like outspoken environmentalists whom don't actually practice environmentalism. Or war supporters who won't actually go to war, and then complain about too many taxes. Or a supposed libertarian who lumps people into groups. I say we treat everyone equally, except those damn people who spend too much time on ATS.



So, you have been warned, there shall be no mercy in the attempts to bring you back down to our level.
Shore up those ivory towers for the inevitable assaults to come!


Awesome! When do we begin?

Or rather how are you going to do it? Maybe you could lobby ATS to only allow epic posters to only be able to do OP's that consist one opening post? You better get busy, as I was just hoping to get longer character counts for mine...

Please come and try to trounce all of our new threads, as it helps to bump them up and get them more attention yippee!


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posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 03:35 PM
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Originally posted by Cosmic4life
So, you have been warned, there shall be no mercy in the attempts to bring you back down to our level.
Shore up those ivory towers for the inevitable assaults to come!

Cosmic...


I'm torn between, "Are you sure you want to go there?" and "Bring it on."


Thanks for the guys that pointed this out to me. I always knew that a big mouth would come in handy one day.



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 03:42 PM
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Shocked.

Ranked 23?

How the hell did that happen?

Quantity over quality doesn't seem to cut it as an excuse, going by the criteria.

Suffice to say, it's a huge honour


I'm very pleased to see so many "friends" on there, and looking at other posters, I hope to make some new ones.

Apart from canucks, eh.


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