posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 07:17 PM
Over time on ATS, you will learn by experience that the "average" ATSer is a white US male in his late teens or early twenties, with educational
attainment of "some college." In other word, American middle class education.
Some will claim to various specialties; but with the exception of IT and the military, this is often an imagined resume.
One of the limiters of excellence is that the vast majority of the audience has limited patience for complex concepts, primary sources, or original
research. Threads that are tightly focused on information quickly fall silent and slide off the bottom of the "recent posts" list. On the other
hand, threads which contain lots of outrageous bombast and rank speculation live on for month, and are "active threads." Because of ATS' format,
the only threads you are likely to notice are these "active threads." And generally, an active thread has lots of emotion (trolling), and less
One of best threads on the survival forum is only 16 posts long; the original poster provides a link to an incredible archive of do-it-yourself
information. A dozen people thank him. Then he posts a couple of other, slightly less useful websites. Then the tread dies. From the standpoint of
useful information, it was a great success. But for the sake of "the leading conspiracy website," it sank like a stone because there was no rancor
And the forum has no real way to post a chart for others to find. Neither is it arranged by topic (bugging out, growing your own food, emergency
medicine), the way that even the most prosaic "serious" survival website is.
Over time, the serious posters gravitate to more serious sites, and only come to ATS to say high to a few old friends, while the teenagers argue over
how many Chuck Norrises it would take to sink an air craft carrier group.