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.
While I agree with the sentiment here, I do take some issue with the approach.
Rewarding. Well, It is if you get some sort of "reward" i.e. self satisfaction, from "sharing". This is, not unlike the hundreds of thousands of
other messgae board-type sites, a place for sharing. ATS is, and we can agree on this, a little different. We, as people, love to share. We are social
creatures by our very nature. In any form, communication is rewarding. We all want for human contact. Whether a handshake, a conversation, or a
stranger reading what you write. There is a certain pride in sharing, especially sharing your thoughts. So, is there a "reward" for posting on ATS?
Yes, I would say there is.
As for my issue. I find fault with labeling people as "disinformation agents" or as having "low Iq's [sic]".
What, pray tell, is wrong with wanting "proof"? Proof If I am to believe something, or even take the time out of my day to "do research" on my
own. While"hunches" and "intuition" on a subject can be entertaining or even interesting, it really adds nothing to the collective knowledge of
said subject. There is a danger inherent in spreading "thoughts" or even "expiriences" as fact. People may report a ghost sighting, or they may
have seen an alien or believe themselves to be "abducted" but lacking any proof outside of "expirience" is simply not enough.
Granted, a "conspiracy" is going to be, by its nature, lacking in hard fact. But there should, at least, be something to base it in the "real
world". Without some basis of truth one could claim pretty much anything one wished to. This is not condusive to "uncovering" the truth.
As i said, there is a place for the unsubstantiated story. It may intrigue someone and I don't deny people the right to express themselves, but far
too often people, if not "make up" stories, embellish or exaggerate them.
I come to ATS, not for fiction or for, frankly, the "expiriences" of the mentally disturbed (which, and be honest, many such stories are. Not
all, but many.). i come here to learn. Does that mean I need ALL of the facts? no, not neccessarily. But if i am to spend my time looking into
something I would hope that those exploring the topic are doing the leg work. Researching before they post and not making claims that they have
absolutely no proof of. Passing on fiction does nothing but muddy the waters for those looking for the truth.
Another issue i have with the above post are the lines:
"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. ".
This statement is. i'm sorry, pure sensationalism. Could you provide real world examples, where it is shown the person was killed for what they said.
This is a sort of fear mongering. Not that I accuse the poster of fear-mongering, per se. But claims such as these, couched as they are amongst talk
of posting on ATS, are misleading at best. I personally doubt the veracity of the claim of "deaths" for those who have "shared the information".
To connect it with posting on ATS is, to me, absurd. The OP implies that posting on ATS could, under certain circumstances, get one killed. I'm
sorry, but that is far fetched.
One part of this post that I can whole-heartedly agree with is this line:
I believe very little of what I read on ATS but having said that I can also say I've learned a lot.
The best piece of advice I can give to those reading or posting on ATS is this: BE A SKEPTIC. (A dirty word amongst conspiracy lovers).
We should always question any information given us. As the OP'er implies, the ATS is a great place to learn. It's not an end but rather a jumping
off point. People should post their ideas and experiences here. Sharing is important.
I just don't want to read fiction.