posted on Aug, 5 2011 @ 11:21 PM
reply to post by gimmefootball400
I remember when I started here, not that long ago actually, they still seemed to have the minimum character limit. I accidentally hit post after only
typing in the title of a thread and I got a message saying I needed to write something in the OP. It seemed to be an automatic thing. Today, I see
plenty of threads where this happens and people post before the OP gets a chance to fix it. Sometimes the OP never comes back and the OP stays
I remember trying to post a thread and having it get kicked back saying that there was already a thread on that subject. Same type of automatic thing
as the too short thread. Now, I see dupe threads sharing the exact same titles popping up all the time.
The automatic censors may have been a pain in the but sometimes but, they forced us to search before writing out a thread (or we might lose all our
work) and actually make a thread that counts, not the two liners we see today.
I hate it when I put work into researching and writing a thread only to have it ignored while some two liner gets tons of attention. I'd even settle
for someone flaming my thread over that.
I've lost my motivation to post original, researched threads because of this and, more often than not just post "drive by threads" anymore; threads
where I present an existing news story along with my opinions. They take a lot less time and if they get ignored, its not such a big deal.
I think a large part of that is the fact that ATS has grown so much and with all of the threads posted, nobody can keep up with all of them and good
threads get buried along with the bad. There's just too much to wade through anymore.