Originally posted by meeneecat
Well actually, they aren't that unusual if you think about it. For the first 4 minutes, all new posts get listed on the "New Topics" section of
ATS. So this is actually just what you would expect, a flurry of page views combined with stars, and then once the thread is no longer listed on the
"New Topics" board, then the amount of views/stars will fall off.
That would make sense except I've seen this on very lengthy threads that have long gone off the main page. It's still possible to follow the
threads using MyATS, but still I have personally seen examples of what I'm talking about enough to really force me to stop and think. Every thread
on ATS has plenty of posts that get stars, and it's very mundane and nothing unusual about it at all. So when there is something "unusual"
happening it must really be standing out to me like a sore thumb, and the instances I'm thinking of did stick out like sore thumbs.
It comes down to whether or not I would believe that a few select posters (including 1 that stayed exclusively in the 9/11 forums) have a personal
"fan club," let's say, of 4 or 5 people who hound their posts 24/7 and consistently starring them within a small time frame only, but only when
they post on certain topics. And in the case on the 9/11 forums, even someone I was arguing with agreed with me that he thought it was "funny"
too, which says a lot if you've ever been around the 9/11 forums. After we became aware of this and were discussing it for some time, the poster
in question eventually stopped posting until the very day the 9/11 forums went under "close staff scrutiny," and then this poster ended a
months-long hiatus to begin the same pattern. He has since stopped posting yet again...
Anyway I know this may be hard to take even for many ATS'ers, but you must realize only three things.
(1) Firstly, ATS is the largest conspiracy theory forum on the internet. It has the most concentrated group of "conspiracy theorists" as well as
the largest collection of conspiratorial topics.
(2) Secondly, internet discussion forums and conspiracy theories in particular have been labeled threats to "national security" by Senator
Rockefeller from W.Va, and Obama advisor Cass Sunstein, as two examples. In other words our leaders take these discussions seriously
seriously enough for Cass Sunstein to even suggest there should be legal limits to posting conspiracy theories on the internet, and the mentioned
senator also wanting more control and regulation of internet content.
(3) Finally, the Pentagon/DoD has admitted
to paying people to post on forums and blogs. I have personally read articles to this extent
online, and it's widely discussed on YouTube, but if you do a Google search, it will come back squeaky clean. Not really a surprise for those
familiar with Google. I'm still looking for the original sources where I read this.
I understand the complications that arise from trying to initiate a "witch hunt" to find these people and expose them. It's not a simple process
and the room for error is large. But when you take into account the three points above, a picture is painted that we shouldn't be so naive about.
I'll be frank. The people that frequent this forum make it one of the most intelligent and vigilant communities on the entire internet. Of course
"they" are "interested" in the content here.