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A brief, inaccurate and unofficial history of ATS

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posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 11:59 AM
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edit to add ** the links are very slow to come up and you will get a wayback machine loading page and a white blank page first for a while. they should work eventually if your patient **

I was trawling through the Internet Archive site link last night and I got caught up looking at the various old ATS pages and designs, I found it really fascinating to see the evolution of the site and thought you might to, so I've compiled a little history of ATS that will hopefully show the newer members something they havent seen before and give the older ones some nostalgia

All the pictures below are click able to get to the actual stored page

It all begins back on the 25th Jan 1999 with this single page



The first ever ATS page
A tease that hints at true greatness

The first site proper appears some months later and looks like this



ATS has arrived! and the topics even back then were pretty much similar to what we see today, although a little more focused

GROOM LAKE BASE
AIRCRAFT PROJECTS
SPECIAL PROJECTS
CONTRACTORS
AGENCIES
TEST FACILITIES
SPECIAL/ELITE FORCES
EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS
SIGHTINGS, LECTURES AND REPORTS
NEW TECHNOLOGIES
H A C K E R S

Are the subjects that adorn the front page

The Year 2000 brings a new, green and spooky design and a chat room!



The moat popular page is
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AURORA HYPERSONIC SPYPLANE the page for that is still up if you click through to it and makes interesting reading

Into 2001 and another design and for the first time we get to see a forum! Ive choosen a date in september 2001 to share for obvious reasons.

The front page story proclaims U.S. Airlines May Be A Terror Risk Over Next 3 Days. Heres the 9/11 sub forum of the time, although I'm afraid most of the links have not been archived



In 2002 the big news on the site on this day is that you can now order abovetopsecret on a cd-rom!! I wonder if thats still available? and Inadvertent Nuclear War - The India/Pakistan Armageddon



Heres a look at the General Conspiracies board at the time, most will find the topics eirily familiar such as
So What Do We Do When 'They' Come?
So,...have you ever seen an Alien??
The Tunguska Event (1908)



The board stays pretty stable until 2004 when we get the next major redesign



Now things are looking a lot more like todays ats slicker and it proadly proclaims current board membership as 14842
The top threads
World Wide Seismic Event... (1437)
Very Scary End Of The World Article (826)
If Being Gay is alright in the eyes of God then..... (734)
Aliens will "comeback" in a official way this year! (638)
Could easily be the top threads right now

In 2006 we get another redisgn, this time the site looks simpler again and the Skunk works forum is introduced with this message

This is a new initiative kicked off by this Skunk Works forum to have a dedicated place for ATS members to engage
in speculative conspiracy theory discussions of all topics, angles, and targets. Our regular ATS forums have long
since evolved into excellent zones of critical thinking and analysis that often either reveal or discredit many
conspiracy theories. This attribute of ATS is certainly an important factor of our growth as we're the largest
"alternative topic" discussion board by a major factor



It's 2007 and for the first time we see the ATS Dark Grey design almost as it appears now, it's the Genesis of the modern look of ATS



The site takes on yet another new look In comes the now familiar grey bakground and happily the top topic of the day is
BTS.talk: The Mondo Bizarro Show #37, Hosted by Johnny Anonymous
Still one of my favourit bits of ATS now
Apparently the 1947 Roswell crash has been resolved too.

2008 A new year and a new design
The topics and the grey stay the same but the design evolves again
Todays top topics are
We Weren't Designed To Eat Meat, Here Is Proof
Officer Kills Man Allegedly Beating Baby
Can anyone of you debunk the debunkers?????
Is the world waking up?
Dangerous vegetables
Gay Men, Straight Women Have Similar Brains



By 2010 the site looks like this



With an awesome scary green glow and then it's only a hop skip and a jump to the site we all know and love today.

I really enjoyed looking through these old pages, and plenty of the links from them still work so go explore and see what you missed out on, or take a look at some of your old posts in their original format, hope you enjoy looking as much as I did

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posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:10 PM
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davespanners, thank you for posting this. A star was not enough. It's great to see how this site has evolved over time. I'm a relitively new member and did not have the chance to see ATS progress with my own eyes. Good job.

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posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:18 PM
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Very nice Dave!
Original too!


Makes me feel like a newby.


But wait, how is this a conspiracy?


/tease.



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:20 PM
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Originally posted by burntheships
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Very nice Dave!
Original too!


Makes me feel like a newby.


But wait, how is this a conspiracy?


/tease.


how do we know thats the real dave spanners?
and what has he left out of his history?
just what is he trying to hide?

thanks anyway whoever you are.
being a nube, I had no idea

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posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:21 PM
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The links/pix don't work. Other than that, cool thread.



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:24 PM
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GROOM LAKE BASE
AIRCRAFT PROJECTS
SPECIAL PROJECTS
CONTRACTORS
AGENCIES
TEST FACILITIES
SPECIAL/ELITE FORCES
EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS
SIGHTINGS, LECTURES AND REPORTS
NEW TECHNOLOGIES
H A C K E R S


And to this day I still see the same topics being posted.
I wish the people were evolving as fast as this site does.





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posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:26 PM
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Originally posted by Swills
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The links/pix don't work. Other than that, cool thread.


They should work, you just have to wait for the archive to retrieve the page, it takes a while, so you will get a white "finding page" page until it does



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:39 PM
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Nah, they don't work here.


The connection has timed out The server at tiny.cc is taking too long to respond.



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:41 PM
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Originally posted by Swills
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Nah, they don't work here.


The connection has timed out The server at tiny.cc is taking too long to respond.


Ahh ok, I guess thats a server load issue then so they should work when the server load calms down. I had to change the links to tiny links because ats wouldnt accept the original style of the links to the way back machine



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:47 PM
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I can remember lurking back in 2006-07 and seeing how much changed then.
It was such a mind blowing site to search through then, and even now.
Between the color schemes and just topics in general, it still seems to be evolving...

But when I signed up, in 2008, it was almost as it is today, save a few colors.
(and a crap load of more noobs....which I was one of a few years ago)



And we still get the same topics from time to time...



Great thread...good to feel slightly nostalgic.






posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:50 PM
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It is what it is, no worries, I really wanted to explore the pix but its not the end of the world



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:52 PM
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odd, they work fine for me. load instantaneously.



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:53 PM
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If you want to look around for yourself you can go to the internet archive homepage link and type in abovetopsecret.com... in the middle box where it says web, and click "take me back"



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 12:59 PM
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Love the thread Dave, thanks for taking us back.

When I hear some of the ATS veterans talking about the "old days," I can now picture something other than members walking to the forums without shoes in the snow.....



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 01:04 PM
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That'll work, thank you.



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 01:08 PM
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Nicely done Dave Spanners!


When presented like this it seems to make sense, but I can assure as we were going through all those changes it seemed as though we could do nothing right. People rose up in revolt with almost every single advancement we made with the design.

A nice trip down memory lane all the same though, thanks.


Springer...



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 01:13 PM
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Everyone involved in conception, building, babysitting and evolving this site......You have done a wonderful job! It is truly a labor of love evident from the beginning and just as true today. Congratulations, you must be very proud. It is a privilege to be here.



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 01:13 PM
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Something that surprised me is how many members names I recognized from the very first message boards, it must be a sign that your doing something right to keep people interested and posting for so long



posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 01:17 PM
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I joined in 2005. Back then you had to justify your membership before you were allowed to post. This seemed to keep out the idiots, fanatics and axe-grinders.

Since that was lifted...... well, I don't post hardly anything now.

PS - the "conspiracy" is simply that ATS sell adverts on the site now, and so need to max out membership numbers.
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posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 01:20 PM
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This brings me back


awesome post



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