reply to post by SkepticOverlord
I would most certainly love to voice my concerns about this site. The first concern I have stems from the fact that I have seen this site grow for
many years and blossom into a very nice part of the web dealing with issues that other site would never touch, and allowing smart minds to come
together to discuss and research important issues. This changed, and I believe the biggest reason why it changed was that ATS gained mainstream
attention and brought with it a lot of, for lack of a better word, "noobs."
This is the point where either the site owners failed, or got greedy as more users means more profit. The real downhill spiral started I believe near
the end of 2009, that is, ATS has declined a lot recently, not slowly over time like some sites have done. With the influx of new members came a lot
of dumb posts and threads, nothing was done to keep morons from posting and I watched as some of the most patient people on the net tried to instruct
and educate the fresh meat. The fresh meat did not heed the instruction and teaching of the long time ATS members because, well, they are morons.
ATS became overwhelmed with these people, the site was flooded with dumb threads, and we were really suffering. Then came a very badly timed site
overhaul. Granted, ATS needed some improvements to the site, but those improvements came at a bad time for the membership that was already having a
hard time wading through the Niburu, Timewave Zero, and Webbot threads(among others even dumber) when their ability to use the site was severely
Now we must also consider that mods are and were selectively enforcing the rules, making it harder for intelligent threads to get to the top, while
allowing the stupid to flow freely to the top. With this said though I believe bad moderation is only a small part of the problem, but would yield a
big help if they were to treat all of us with a level playing field.
To make matters worse this site started receiving something new as an attack, the thread bombing. Basically a gaggle of dsinfo agents/retards(disinfo
being a joke) performing a tactic that helped ruin digg.com. Threads with no real value would shoot to the top with 40 flags, while the important
threads were buried. This is an organized campaign and the culprits need to be banned. This problem is neither the fault of the admins nor the site
owners, but the spamming of flags needs to die.
Lastly the " no more rudeness" thread and threats of banning for those who would call idiots what they are really did a number on some of us.
Currently idiots have a free roam, but we are left with no recourse but name calling and hoping that a moderator will enforce the rules. These
problems are not being addressed, and that is why I get the feeling the site owners care more about getting "to the top" than they do about quality.