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Originally posted by Screwed
How do you choose which thread you will read? I believe alot of people look at the ratio of replies vs. Flags.
A thread with 60 replies and only 5 flags isn't too appealing and probably a waste of valuable conspiracy hunting time.
However, A thread with 60 replies and 100 flags never dissapoints..... well you get the point. It is sure to be a thread you at least click on.
Enter Government Disinfo Agents AKA Trolls.
It occured to me the other day that armed with this information it would be very easy to take a thread that gets too close to the truth and boost up the number of replies compared to the number of flags by simply inserting ones self into a thread and being a complete ass. This is sure to draw the fire of the ever loyal and vigilant ATS crowed and within a single page....Voila, a thread has been hijacked.
What could have been a thread with 30 replies and 40 flags turns rather quickly into a thread with 150 replies and 40 flags.
My conspiracy mind may just be working overtime but I thought I'd mention it so that maybe the next time you are confronted with a troll in your midst you will have the wherewithal to simply ignore said troll so he/she doesn't artificially jack up the numbers in his/her favor.
Just a thought.edit on 15-1-2011 by Screwed because: (no reason given)edit on 15-1-2011 by Screwed because: spelling