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
SIGHTINGS, LECTURES AND REPORTS
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the links have not been archived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?
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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