posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 07:00 AM
Top Threads of 2003
The year 2003 was the year AboveTopSecret.com broke out and became one of the most important alternative discussion boards on the Internet. We've
compiled all of the good, the bad, and the downright-ugly for you to look back at our amazing year. Our first category is the top-five most replied-to
threads from each month through 2003. Some of these threads contain less-than-stellar topics, but each one shows the personality, diversity, and
interests of our members during that moment in time. And of course, there are a few brilliant shinning examples of why ATS has the best collection of
community members on the Internet. (For each month listed below, click on the month to open a new window that will display all threads in that month
with 40 or more replies.)
January (751 new threads)
CHINA RELEASE NEW FIGHTER. THE J-10.
The Greatest Warrior in the past 1,000 years
First Moron Award is, err, Awarded!
February (907 new threads)
Comet is comming fast and huge!!!
Poll- Would You Be a Draft Dodger?
Why was FM banned?
Space Shuttle Blows Up!
March (1395 new threads)
this is no joke! but i wish it was..
MARCH MADNESS !! NCAA college hoops
100% PRO WAR
Post for everybody to read... especially anti-islam-orientated Christians.
The McQueen Scion
where did everyone come up with their login names?
April (1380 new threads)
World Wide Seismic Event...
'Images' of other posters
International Space Mapping of Lake Vostok Overridden by NSA
I challenge Thomas Crowne
May (1316 new threads)
What will you say/do, if you are wrong about Jesus
Screw the left wing, I love the USA!
Do we owe France an apology?
I loathe America, and what it has done to the rest of the world...
Homosexuality and the Bible
June (1536 new threads)
The Colonel on Republicans
Oh yes, I am *soooo* unamerican *cough*
Did Osama do it??
This whole website is one big Joke
ATS Convention 2004
July (1981 new threads)
Have I Disturbed Some One? (Revisited)
Explosive situation in Yellowstone
Imagine your are an American
(The lost women in military thread)
Gay Marriages (Not what you think).
August (2411 new threads)
you've probably seen this but
US Power Outage..
America for Americans....
Nukes best thing that happend to Japan.
September (2577 new threads)
OH JEEZUS! Conversation with a cab driver
Gods Dont Exist
***WHOOP WHOOP RED ALERT RED ALERT**
Saddam did NOT GAS HIS OWN PEOPLE
How Many Believe in God?
October (2928 new threads)
Photos of members again
adopt a newbie!
Ask Loki time.
The WMD Cult
November (3002 new threads)
latest terror message (hanmannpi.com)
If Being Gay is alright in the eyes of God then.....
And Evolution is OUT of the Picture!
Russian vs. USA Tech
December (2542 new threads)
Painting the sky..(pics)
Questions about Fallen Angels ...........
Saddam Hussein arrested
TERROR LEVEL ORANGE - THE BIG PICTURE
RELIABLE INFO ON DULCE
Other Interesting Threads of 2003
Many times, the most popular threads aren't the best indication of what happened on our discussion board, or accurately reflect the mood of our
members, or even reflect the events we witnessed that are destined to be the significant historic events of our time. Below we've taken suggestions
from staff and members to list all of the other important threads from what will be a very important year.
Other interesting threads of 2003.
UFO at WTC when 'terrorists' attacked
The WTC event is still fresh in the memory of many... but this topic was repeated all too often.
Breaking news: chemical weapon found in Iraq
The year of conspiracy discussion was overshadowed by the war in Iraq. Way back in January, we were wondering about those elusive WMD's.
First Post: Project Whiteout
Like him, hate him, or don't even know him... Dragonrider had an impact on ATS in 2003 in several ways. Here we see his very first post in 2003.
Take back ATS ????
As the first hints of growing pains were being felt, some staff-members decided a 'take back' campaign was needed.
100% proof 9/11 was an implosion
The WTC event is still fresh in the memory of many... and this other topic was repeated all too often.
And now some sugar for your sour grapes!
After mixed reviews on our classic April Fool's joke, we announced something very big for ATS.
Your opinion of ATS 2.0
And that 'something very big for ATS' is just beginning to be realized.
ATS Collaborative Fiction #1: 'At the playground'
Among the new features of the improved ATS, was an all-new Collaborative Fiction forum. Here we see the first story.
Small cracks appear in the armor, and we begin to lear who SimonGray might be.
SHIT - I've just been shot with an arrow.
A member gets shot with an arrow, and what's the first thing he thinks of doing? Why, posting to ATS of course! We believe that is the first thing
everyone should do in the event of a medical emergency.
A Challenge to FreeMason
The 'Clash of the Titans' would have had nothing on this. The two most notorious members of 2003 might have squared off in a no-holds barred
sluggfest. We could have sold tickets!
NEW CONTEST! When will we hit 100,000 posts?
This year, we hit the 100,000, 200,000 and 300,000 posts marks all in the same year. Not long ago, in June, we set up a contest to predict the
Who has the best Avatar?
More and more signs that we are a full-fledged community as threads like this become very popular.
Encyclopaedia Of Banned Members
Any online discussion board with a long history and long list of members will experience the full range from minor spats to full-out board drama. Most
big drama ends in someone being banned, and MaskedAvatar thought it would be cool to keep track of all the banned former members.
need more blog testers!
Blog, blog, blog, everyone loves a blog! This is the month ATS Blogs became available to community members.
Take Back ATS Explained.
The heat that was August 2003 begins with an ill-fated 'Take Back ATS' campaign initiated by a few members, which resulted in rumors of hacking,
bannings, and other more ugly events of discussion boards.
rumors from inside the beltway -- August may be hell
No single event captures the essence of 2003 on ATS like the infamous 'WhispersInTheDark' poster who first capture our imaginations with cryptic
messages, then hacked into our database to make it appear as though he can predict a terror attack.
The WITD Whispers Thread
The profound effect of 'WhispersInTheDark' continues in this and many other threads.
WIN 10,000 POINTS! 'Who is Simon Gray?'
More and more cracks in the famous armor of Mr. SimonGray as we announce a contest to expose the creator!
Whispers in the Dark--The real deal
August heat continued through two board hacks, groups of members being banned, and the beginnings of one moderator turning against us. The
'WhispersInTheDark' issue continues in our 'Really Above Top Secret' forum.
That pesky hacker/prankster who speaks in cryptic riddles still has a tight grip on many members.
LEVEL IMPOSSIBLE - or the rise and rise and rise of dragonrider
With the intoduction of points, we entered a new era with an economy within ATS. And two of our more prolific posters discuss the wealth and bounty
that is theirs.
Is ATS currently meeting its mission to 'deny ignorance'?
Our new mantra of 'deny ignorance' took hold in September and members began to imbrace what it stands for.
COINTELPRO and ATS?
A reflection of the paranoia of our times, and stressful events within our community, some members begin to wonder if members of our staff are working
Dragonrider now GONE
October saw one of our most popular members/moderators leave after a bitter struggle with senior staff over issues related to the notorious
The Big Changes: No More Chit Chat on ATS
One of the biggest changes ever for ATS, the split-off of chit-chat and non-conspiracy topics into a new board and new domain.
off-the-charts ATS Growth!
We knew we were growing in a massive way, but for the first time we were able to see the graphic results.
Tassadar? you there?
Rumors of a member's death are greatly exaggerated! While it seemed that a prankster pulled our legs on this one, it's not the first time a
member's absence has resulted in speculations of their demise.
We (ATS) are a source for news...
As 2003 draws to a close, we discover evidence that we are being referenced by mainstream news sources... at least by their editors as they gather
information and research stories.