posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 01:37 PM
Am I the only person rather annoyed by the endless barrage of prediction threads. Specifically in my sights are those threads that contain absolutely
no sourced information and rather begin like: "My friend told me blah blah blah and he's in the know with an in the know group, none of which can
be named due to the possibility he could be killed..."
Why is this irritating?
One, because I believe that ATS rises above the many other forums on the web that contain a useless torrent of information that spreads like wildfire
similar to a game of telephone. Since when have we become a forum willing to accept the word of some unknown person, with unknown sources, with
unknown proof....that amazingly has come to save us all!
Two, I believe that there are people, credible people, capable of predicting events based on actual information. Whether it be economic indicators,
the repetition of historical events, or other "signals" based on something tangible or something able to be actually researched.
Three, prediction threads have become so rampant that it detracts from the ones that, although may not prove true, at least have enough information
that one can research information and draw a conclusion or have a discussion. This isn't about just being right, it's about creating a discussion
based on something. How many people now roll their eyes as soon as they see "prediction" in the thread title?
Four, since many are in agreement that there are people on this site specifically trying to spread disinformation, what better way than to keep us
distracted with nonsense so that when real events do appear to be happening, we are so conditioned that all predictions are a waste of time we don't
pay attention at all?
I am not knocking all prediction threads of course. Some are extremely informative and even if the prediction itself doesn't come to fruition, at
least there is something to be learned. Earthquake prediction threads, stock market predictions based on indicators, etc., are not what I am trying
to address. There are even some great threads on channeling, dream analysis, etc., that contain a ton of actual information on the process, findings,
The above is in direct opposition to what we seem to be primarily finding now, which is: "trust me, trust me"...followed by post after post of:
--"I don't trust you."
-- "I do trust you."
-- "Ugh...another prediction thread."
-- "My prediction is nothing will happen. Second line."
Since a problem without a solution is nothing more than a complaint, I will offer an idea.
My idea is as follows:
Instead of creating threads for all of the different predictions, whether it be doomsday, the rapture, stock market crash...whatever.....why don't we
start an interactive prediction calendar? My thinking is that we would have a calendar that members could add date entries, much like any of
the current contact calendars already available, and insert a few sentences (or more) on why they think that date is significant and what they think
will happen. It could be searchable by day, week, month, year, etc.
Other members could then see a snapshot of the predictions for any given day, click on the headline for more information, and add stars (or flags or
whatever) based on how likely they feel that event is to occur. From there, if predictions have "X" amount of stars, a thread could be created, or
not, whatever members or mods or admin or owners decided.
Also, as the dates passed and were "X"ed off, people could see exactly how many failed predictions there have been. I also think this will calm
some people down and prevent, or at least lessen, unnecessary fear-mongering.
Lastly, a members' predictions thrown all over the calendar, all of which prove to be without merit, could easily be spotted and that member would
lose credibility. Likewise, predictions that actually come true could be highlighted in red, members could see which members are
predicting accurately, and that member would gain more credibility.
This idea could of course be implemented in addition to continuing the threads, although that isn't my preference. But since I am just one member
with an opinion, perhaps I am also the only member that is bothered by all of these threads.
Just a thought.
Thanks for reading.