I dont think the majority here read what they agree to when signing up for membership.
There are a lot of weird things that happen here that Id not dealt with on our board, but one we had a plenty : socks. Some arent so easy to spot
without having access to IP logs, but some folks here make it way too obvious... even when theyre using TOR or the like.
What I have seen here
thats annoying is that people are accused of being a sock here when they arent. I have to look funny at the accuser from that point on... sometimes
its not a matter of garden variety ATS paranoia, but an effort to discount a poster or what they are saying. To clarify the intentions of a multiple
IP user, its not always a govt agent or etc. We had the same issues on eBay help boards as you do here and on our board... and I doubt the scary govt
types troll the ebay purse board.
Some people just fixate on things.. in this case an online community or a poster.. and get crafty ( or try) to
single out/stalk that user.... or they have no life and use the community to manipulate how they are viewed. I dont understand it, but its more than a
past time or game.. its damned pathological.
People on the internet do weird things, make socks, troll, threaten others, challenge them to fights, make up even more wild conspiracies concerning
members on the board that rival government conspiracies etc. Sometimes I wonder if they have wifi connection at the psych wards because its not an ATS
phenomenon alone. The exact things happened to our board.. and it was a large board, heavy traffic, attached to an import export business dealing with
arachnids and invertebrates.. catered to field professionals and not conspiracy folks!
For my husband and I.. we have maybe 4 or 5 accounts here between us. DJ already knows about it and we spoke elsewhere concerning it a little while
ago. When youre not hung up on your "old timer" or star and flag status... doesnt really matter of you make a new account when you move and settle
in. We've moved several times in the last 10 yrs.. and our first accounts were in 2005. My latest was in 2007... then this one. Not all multiple
accounts are nefarious and the mods/admin can see the activity. With ours, we moved from country to country and then across country here in the US
with periods in between that we didnt/couldnt post. Others Ive spoken to on here have been in a similar situation given they are in the same line of
work we are.
Basically, the mods have a great handle on this.. and already know most of the time when a banned member signs back up. If he or she can control
themselves.. no harm- no foul. The only trouble comes with the IP masking stuff.. TOR was a thorn in my side personally.. but in the end its up to the
mod observation and users reporting multiple accounts. Too bad here that the posters see socks and govt agents under every leaf. Its not nostalgia,
it was NOT like this yrs ago on ATS. Lately I barely want to post due to ridiculous threads and asinine posters fighting and trolling constantly...
and the socks fit right in with this nonsense.
Im not a "fan" of or "loyal" to any board.. its a message board for Gods sake. However, ATS has a nice flavor.. I prefer it over other boards Ive
been involved with over the yrs and 2 that currently enjoy a more hysterical bent. Id love it if ATS could weather the changing times and the insane
influx recently... its about the only place I go for conspiracy fun anymore!
One thing this place has over others : great administration and the mods seem to be held to a little higher standard than other places. So.. let them
deal with the drama and trolling as they are privy to user info and we arent. We can suspect and report it/ discuss it rationally with a mod... but to
make these stupid arguments in threads over who's a sock.. its just speculation on our part and makes you look like a moron. Hopefully this place
will evolve with the changing times and flourish with more rational users and GOOD user generated content ( maybe after 2012 passes without a zombie