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Originally posted by jiggerj
reply to post by mespen
22 flags and a gazillion stars in just four hours. This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that people just love to b&%ch. I (sniffle), I think I love you all!
Originally posted by truthinfact
reply to post by mespen
See what ATS needs to do is encourage more advanced posters to not just post in the popular forums, but move some of the discussions to some of the smaller less popular ones
I for one believe they're many more interesting chats to have.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
Why is this thread still here and not in Rants - like all the others?
What's different about it? What sets it apart? Did I miss a new outlook, a new twist, new information and/or any other thing that sets it aside from the others? There's not even a picture or a video to add visual interest. Just another repeat thread... ironic, given the gripe.
edit on 29-7-2012 by LadySkadi because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by mespen
reply to post by Stormdancer777
I read anything that has a captive headline
unfortunatly , the port isn't as captivating
I loved to read about the ancients, religion, natural beauty, space, new scientific discoveries, personal achievement ,anythin that is amazing!
Not the same old repeated crap that star and flag hoarders post!
Post by SkepticOverlord
The chronology works something like this:
DISCOVERY: OMG! You (the rhetorical "you") discover this new venue full of people who think like you, and share many of your desires. In the case of ATS, the content is so deep and broad, there seems to be no way you can take it all in.
JOIN: YES! You join ATS and tentatively jump into the discussions, somewhat apprehensive because everyone seems so much more well-informed than you. Hopefully, your comments will be accepted.
ACTIVE: OMFG! After a brief period of getting used to the newness of ATS and getting to know a few members, you have confidence that you can contribute threads that will get some attention, and look forward to the responses you'll receive. You may even be thinking of your threads, or thinking of the replies you'll make, when you're offline doing other things.
HERO: YES! You've author a few threads that made it to the site home, and have reached a stage where you feel you have the respect of many members. Your comments now carry some gravitas.
SATURATED: LOL. Over time, you begin to see what you think are the same topics over and over, or, perhaps mildly rehashed versions of what "feels" like one of the same topics over and over. At first you're not aware of the saturated feeling, but you find yourself visiting fewer of the "aggregation" pages of ATS, looking for new and active threads -- you're just scanning the recent posts page thinking things like: 1) seen it, 2) know it, 3) hoax, 4) stupid, 5) WTF? -- and so on.
FATIGUE: FUUUUUUUUUUUU... The saturation has given way to fatigue as you no longer seem to find anything that holds your interest, or too many topics that feel like rehashes of rehashes of rehashed issue that have been done to death.
COMPLAIN: It seems a fair number of members who reach the fatigue point would rather complain about the perceived problem than do something meaningful about it: spend the effort to author new threads that exemplify their interests and push new ideas into the conversation mix. Not everyone is capable of that, and this is the primary reason you see "active long-term members" become inactive.
In reality, nothing has changed. I'm serious about this.
YOU have changed. You've absorbed everything you have the desire to absorb from ATS, and the inevitable happens, very little seems new or fresh any more. But to those just joining (like you in the discovery phase), EVERYTHING seems new and fresh.