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Originally posted by bknapple32
Subject is pretty self explanatory. It seems to me and a few others (quietly) that ATS, whether it be the mods, upper level staff, or both have been allowing the kind of threads that seem to be based on hunches, theories without much fact, or sometimes outright lies to go on and on. Why would this be? Why, if something is darn near proven to be HIGHLY HIGHLY speculative, does it not go to skunk works or "Highly speculative" sections. Im not calling for outright deletion of these threads. Obviously there will be those of you who disagree that a thread is speculative. But there is also some of you who will believe anything posted on here these days. ( and to be fair some of us who cry hoax at every turn) But why don't they go where ATS classifies where they should belong. If something doesn't have proof, its speculative. Simple.
Its not a secret that when threads get moved to places like skunk works, they usually die off in a matter of a couple days. But when they remain in the bigger more frequented forums on ATS, they can go for pages amongst pages.. Such as this thread www.abovetopsecret.com...
For instance, this thread www.abovetopsecret.com... has been proven to be a hoax. Now Im not going to get into a debate over Obama's birth. But the thread facts have been proven false. Not the concept,( I get some of you will never believe Obama was born in the US) but the specific facts in that thread are a hoax. Yet it remains.
The possible answer? To drive up internet traffic, and thus sell ad revenue perhaps? Controversial topics give us all something to remember to argue about. And where else to fight than on the ATS website. Thus we log on here, driving up internet traffic and in turn ATS can sell ad space at a higher dollar to sellers. And I (business wise) see nothing wrong with that. ATS is a business and they gotta make their bottom line. NO problem whatsoever with that. Heck, I work at corporate for one of the biggest advertisers on this site. I just personally find it a little peculiar that a site that asks us to deny ignorance might be playing us for ignorant fools .
I only bring this up to perhaps start a discussion about this and see if others feel this conspiracy may be true. I know I'll get flamed by die hard ATS supporters. Im an ATS supporter as well, I tell all my friends to sign up here. But that doesn't mean we have to be blind and not ask questions... I just hope this doesn't get moved into a lesser used forum on here to stuff this question away from the majority of the site's users. And Mods feel free to join in. I don't need you guys to defend your actions about specific threads you move. Rather I'd love your opinions as if you weren't mods.. if that makes sense..edit on Sun Feb 26 2012 by DontTreadOnMe because: FROM BBQedit on Sun Feb 26 2012 by DontTreadOnMe because: removed member name from title
Originally posted by Puck 22
reply to post by bknapple32
Again, why are you so upset over this? If the people who continued discussing the issue were not upset and the mods were not upset why does it seem to upset you so much?
"WAS A PROVEN HOAX THREE YEARS AGO"
Again, proven by who and to whose satisfaction?
If the thread continued then it would appear that there were others who disagreed with your assessment of the value of that proof, or considered there were other valid points to discuss not dependent on whatever point was disproved.
The bottom line is others, for whatever reason, thought the subject worth continuing but you seem upset that they should have been allowed to.
Very strange. I'm guessing in school you did not interact well with the other children who kept insisting on playing games you had decided were silly rather than the one you had decided was worthy of your time.
Again, why don't you just skip the thread and move on to those you like? Why the need to govern what others discuss? Why do you seem upset by what others discuss?
Curiouser and curiouser
Originally posted by bknapple32
. But yet again, you have ignored that point and seem to want to cast me in the light of " wanting to prohibit discussion". I understand that makes it easier to avoid the topic, but it doesn't make you more profound or correct.
Originally posted by eriktheawful
The topic of the thread was debunked by page 3. Yet the thread persisted. Many posts were made by people who read (watched the video rather) on the OP, then simply posted a reply without bothering to read the rest of the thread pages (once a thread starts getting to many pages, people just can't be bothered to read through them unfortunately). Many were posting things like "Great OP! S&F for you!" and then later actually came back and retracted after the Hoax was exposed to them.
Yet the thread persisted.