While google searching for an ATS member on-line to see if that person had posts outside of ATS, i stumbled upon a website which copies posts from ATS
threads. This other website also signs the copied ATS posts as being from a member on that other website.
The copied posts from ATS can be found under the "conspiracy catagory" on this other website. This other website also uses Twitter and YouTube for
posting. So some of your videos from here (ATS) can be reposted on this other website's YouTube account and your post headings are being "tweeted"
and then linked to this other website as if that is where they are originating from (and from someone else).
i started a thread here on ATS (on 27-8-11) questioning what this other website was on the "Board Business and Question" section of ATS. After a
very brief time where other members flagged and commented, ATS deleted the thread. (This led me to a wha??? Huh??? moment toward ATS)...
Like any good nut-job conspiracist i also have to question ATS's motives
The explaination given to me about why my thread was deleted as explained by a mod who deleted my thread was to not give this other website more
Hence, this is why i am not giving the link or name of this other website - to keep ATS from deleting this current post (but i still believe this
question about this other website has merit and should be made aware of to ATS members).
Although, personally i believe it is not up to ATS or the mods to determine what other websites ATS members visit. (IMHO) i also think this sort of
implies a type of control and censorship by ATS over it's members. (i've also read several complaints usually on the "Boards" about ATS deleting
or burying posts from members.)
But, if they (ATS) don't want this other website's link attatched to an ATS thread i'll abide, after all it's ATS's prerogative and their site.
(i always thought it was spelled "perogative", not "prerogative".)
When i asked the mod about the ATS members who had already commented on my other thread and what would they think about my post disappearing the mod
answered that many mysteries exist on ATS. (not quite an answer to my question.) i also took the comment as a kind "screw them", they don't need
an answer. But that could have been just my interpretation.
So, my question about this other website "mirroring" ATS was never answered.
i did recieve and then answer a couple of U2Us from members when they asked me about my thread's disappearance with what the mod had told me.
So anyhow, it seems this other website under one of their member's avatars copies almost all of ATS's new posts (rather quickly) and reposts them as
And i am still wondering what/who this other site is and also what is its connection (if there is one) to ATS?
Also, why did ATS delete my other thread and not answer my or other ATS commenters' questions?
Besides (the obvious T&C) is there a type of censorship on ATS when it concerns them (ATS), or something they don't approve of?
i kinda do see deleting my thread as a type of censorship considering it didn't violate the T&C and had generated flags and conversational comments
and questions from others.
Below are the copies/(quotes) of my notice of the thread being "moved" (deleted) with mod's name and other website removed (i also removed the
thread title as it was the other site's name).
Textfrom: XmodX sent: 27-8-2011 at 10:57 PM It was necessary to move a thread you created titled, "XXXXX" which was originally posted in the Board
Business & Questions forum, to the Complaints forum. XmodX has initiated this action, and included this message about it:
[*Link to where the thread was moved did not work for me and i got a 404page]
So i re-U2Ued the mod and below is my question and the mods response...
My U2U question:
Still was wondering if anyone knew what this site was???
And the mod's response:
from: XmodX sent: 27-8-2011 at 11:34 PM There are actually lots of sites out there like that, and one of the problems, aside from "hit whoring", is
that they often farm IP addresses for nefarious purposes.
The "here" link only works for moves to other public forums, which is often the case.
As for members wondering, an unfortunate side effect, but there are many mysteries on ATS.
All the best,
Now this has my crazy conspiracy mind spinning... (there are still a couple of teeth left on the old cogs which engage every now and then).
This line from the mod's U2U got me to thinking...
"...Since we probably shouldn't be giving this site any more hits than it already gets, I'm moving this off the public boards, lest we give them
more of what they really don't deserve..."
To which i said to myself - What about what ATS members deserve? Don't we deserve a reasonable answer? Who cares what some other website deserves
or doesn't deserve? Why delete the post when the mod could have just as easily deleted the link with an explanation as to why? Why were the folks
who had commented just left hanging?
Why wouldn't ATS want its members (us) to know about another website using our posts and using them under another person's name?
Should ATS allow its members to post about "such things" without the fear that ATS mods will delete them?
Which only makes me wonder what other types of posts have ATS mods (re)moved from the forums (if any)?
[sidenote: It also seems a "*breaking news" story which i had recieved on my twitter account from wikileaks (only minutes) before i tried posting on
ATS never actually posted and seemed to disappear. Although, this disappearing post could've been a mistake i made while posting or a glitch durring
posting as it seems others on ATS were having some problems posting and with pages loading too on that day.]
[*sidenote to above sidenote: The breaking news item was from a wikileaks document where an US embassy worker who frequented conspiracy sites was
being monitored by the FBI. This item was sent to me by my wikileaks twitter feed and was breaking news and included the date and time. but i
Has anybody else noticed posts or comments disappear from ATS? (either theirs or others?).
Of course i realize it would be hard for ATS to do anything about other websites copying posts from here and reposting on another website as someone
else's original posts. But i think we should be informed about such things, which is what i am trying to do here.
i've tried to word this post as clean and honest as i could. i see no reason for it's removal. If this post does get removed i am afraid this will
be my last post on ATS as i will become an ex-member (so what,? do i want my money back?). Because this would show me that ATS isn't what i thought
i like ATS and read threads everyday and totally enjoy some of the enlightening and constructive posts from some members. But it seems recently i've
read more and more posts concerning disappearing threads and buried threads and "banned" members. And i have read quite a few comments about
over-zealous moderators on some threads/topics while other blatantly offensive and/or "redundant" topics are left alone.