This is meant to be lighthearted and tongue in cheek. I do not assume this is a new idea to many of you, but to some it just may be something you
haven't thought of as a search method, so here it is.
If you're the average ATS member, you really enjoy reading a variety of things on ATS. But are you ready for it? What do you do when school is out
for the summer and before long it will become quite obvious that there seems to be a serious kiddie attempt to take over ATS with thread after thread
full of silliness that will try your patience and tolerance?
In summer even sitting outside in the shade with a WIFI connection and a cool drink, hoping that you'll be able to catch a wisp of a breeze should one
ever happen to come along, you long for a great thread to add that 'je ne sais quoi' to your moment but see nothing on the board that tempts you?
Wouldn't finding an old gem be great at such a time?
So, was there a conspiracy really? Aw, c'mon. Kids are so connected to each other. Now I don' t see the need to go into great detail, but to this
member it seemed like an obvious attempted takeover of ATS by the summer silliness kiddie crowd last year, no question about it, threads about how
ugly or fat a certain someone is, and on and on it went, some days more so than others, but every day a challenge for the ATS seriously addicted
I'm hoping that some of you will be able to get through summer and still appreciate our young. However it happened, and if you doubt it, well maybe
you just have to wait and see for yourself, because it surely will be repeated when the weather or their moms keep them indoors. The mods kept a
very professional stance throughout it all, but I can only hope the evidence is kept in a database somewhere in the very very deep underground,
perhaps all the way down to middle earth.
Three Coping Options
Since some conspiracies just can't be detected or defeated right way, we must find coping options, especially during the intense attack wave when even
weary members try to give the mods a helping hand by clicking on the Alert button, but they too sometimes gave up in exasperation and posted about it.
I thus found three options. The first obvious one for me was to surf elsewhere, and I did find a lot of articles to satiate my hunger for variety
such as this journalism treasure
However as wonderful as an article might be, it too often can maddeningly only present one perspective. I need balance and I thrive on
the clash of well moderated opinions and opposing ideas to educate me, entertain me and yes, give me a few 'ah-ha!' moments.
The second option was to return to ATS. I did, but I simply just could not bring myself to click on many of the new threads during that same period.
To add to that frustration, I found my brain almost fried from the day's heat. I searched through each forum and found a few interesting posts. But
that got a little boring because my brain called for the stimulus of subject variety. Through that serious summer heat wave I tried to come up with
some magic search terms to fire up that ATS search mega-machine in the hope it might yield a great old thread of particular interest to me at that
moment. That met with some limited success, but at day's end I still wanted something more.
The third option was to find a way to get into the back door of ATS and find some gems. Okay, okay, relax, not THE back door, you sensitive tech
but definitely a great peek through the ATS window. One solution I came up with is so simple and uncomplicated. It's not revolutionary
or anything like that, but you may just not have thought of doing it yourself yet as a search option. Thus I created this thread in the spirit of
sharing a really simple idea. And who knows? When the next serious ATS summer kiddie takeover attempt happens, as it surely will, it just might save
someone's ATS addicted sanity as it did mine. (what oxymoron?)
The simple Aboutface method
So here's how I found some other gem threads: I went to Google and clicked on images, then typed “site:Abovetopsecret.com” (omit the quotes)
and voilà! Pages, and pages upon pages of captured images through which I could browse, and when tempted, link right back to the post and thread
hosting the picture. How simple is that? I enjoyed the peek and could quickly get an idea of the nature of the thread. I asked myself why I had not
thought of doing this before, but the reply came quickly: There was no need for it before.
I really enjoy doing this. In no time at all, I just found two threads I want to investigate:
One pic of an alien peeking through a window will bring you to this 2007 thread Compilation:
The Evidence For EBEs
An impressive picture made me click back to The Baalbeck foundation stones
If you haven't tried this yet and want to do so, I recommend you add the photo page to your browser favorites. I have the link on my favorites
toolbar and have spent hours happily rummaging through old, valuable threads and quite like to do this every so often. I progressively update the
link on my favorites bar as I browse through the photos because I don't want to keep the same starting point. I know it's not a perfect method,
because new photos keep being added to the database, but I quite like it.
So there you have it. If you've come across some old gems that way what they are?
Oh, and happy summer ATS!
edit on 15-6-2012 by aboutface because: (no reason given)