Originally posted by Magantice
Posting your knowledge or experience on ATS is not very rewarding when you have disinformation agents and people with low Iq's posting snarky
remarks. Then there are those who want proof. Example: pictures or it didnt happen. Aside from all of this, there are those of us who want to hear
what you have to say. We can do research on our own. We dont need proof. We just need enough for you to tell us in your own words, what happened to
you or what you believe you know. This is the one place where the truth can be told . Most people who really do know something, end up dead shortly
after they share the information. Hopefully those of you who dont want to die keeping secrets from those who need to know, will take the chance to
share here. For those of you who have already shared what you know, I for one thank you. I believe very little of what I read on ATS but having said
that I can also say I've learned a lot. The truth IS IN HERE. Anyone who agrees with me please let our informants know.
I agree with your sentiments, with reservations.
I came to ATS in 2008, and have been a regular reader and poster here since. I think this is probably one of, if not THE best website to discuss
issues and topics that are outside of or skirt around the mainstream.
Having said that, since joining and participating i have become aware, as have other members, of a general tendency for members who are relatively
new, or have a low post count, to either post personal accounts with just hearsay to go on, no other clues are offered as a route to validating their
account, and there are other members who simply and rather obviously are out to rubbish and discredit, sneer and jibe at members who do attempt to
provide evidence or a route to our validating their stories along with their posts.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with posting personal accounts of sightings, of hearsay (my friend told me..i heard this from a co-worker) or some
such, but the problems arise when it is pointed out that the OP is devoid of any means of the ATS membership checking it's authenticity, the OP then
becomes aggrieved, or insulted.
Trust obviously has to be earned, it's not something that in good conscience can be handed out like sweets. Taking someone's account on faith alone
is one thing, if the member posting is considered in good standing and of good character, even though they are essentially anonymous. An essentially
unknown member with a very low post count and so on, very little can be gleaned from their 'tone' or previous style, is another thing entirely.
There is a danger here.
Not just to personal pride, although that is a factor, but to ATS and the credibility of it's content and of the members who post that content.
Floods of 'unknown' members posting controversial personal accounts, based on nothing more than hearsay, with no route to verification may be an
amusing way to while away a few minutes or so, but it can also be detrimental to the standing of ATS and it's membership. These posts, will be used
against us as they often are and used as some kind of cumulative proof the members are 'tin foil hat' loonies, who's gullibility knows absolutely
I'm sure most will agree this isn't good for any of us, ATS or indeed and perhaps most importantly the issue or the image of all 'alternative
forums' that attempt to reach that truth. This is highlighted in recent comments emanating from the US Government, where it was stated quite plainly
that 'conspiracy theory websites' are dangerous places that breed malcontents and anti-government thinking...i think the 'T' word was even used
Then we had a promise from US government reps that 'conspiracy theory' websites *WILL* be infiltrated to disrupt, distract and throw us into
disarray. A software company tasked with aiding this US government agenda, has been featured on ATS extensively, their remit was/is to construct
software for US agents to use online on websites such as ours, in order for a single agent to appear as many individuals posting their own accounts.
This is not fantasy.
Because of this, i personally believe *every* unsubstantiated 'personal account' of a 'friend told me' or my 'Great uncle Albert said' etc. be
submitted to either the 'story' forum, or the hoax forum until or if evidence or some other verification is forthcoming.
If we do not do this, given the US governments *own admission* of their purposeful intent to corrupt our communications using fake accounts and posts
designed to be used as proof of our gullible lunacy, the genuine reports with checkable facts or evidence, and on a larger scale ATS and sites of a
similar nature, are seriously at risk.
So while a 'story' may be interesting, it may also be contributing to nailing the coffin lid down on our collaborative efforts to expose corruption
in various areas of our lives, and our combined ability to shine a light on the truths we seek.