reply to post by Doodle19815
No worries my friend, I think your head is safe. It's the posters who don't take the time to think before they post/reply that irk me and I was
being purely metaphorical in my head jumping comment. I suppose I was talking about pointing out the bleedin' obvious and knocking common sense into
some of the skulls round here when I said that. Server space is valuable and I hate to see it wasted. Heck! I even get my head stomped on occasion and
after a little reflexion I usually know I can do better. I have always bounced back with an inkling more wisdom and THAT is what ATS should still be
trying to purvey. The art of thinking for one's self and then sharing the results, not seeking the results without thinking.
I used to take great pride and go to great lengths to shed light and add perspective here to those who were in the dark. With all the changes we have
seen, particularly in advertising and efforts to gain new members, it has brought with it a mentality that has somewhat destroyed a unique form of
discussion and these days there are far more knee-jerk reactions and one-liners. Something I have always tried to avoid myself, but unfortunately I
get dragged into that style of posting on occasion out of sheer frustration. I hate it.
I realise that you enjoy the site as it is today, but years ago when some of our greatest members were present, it would be hard to leave the forums
and exciting to read such a wealth of uniqueness. It really was a pleasure and there was so little spam, I would go to bed when the birds were waking
up many times. By spam, I mean endless threads which pose unanswerable questions by posters who can't even be bothered to do their own research or
consider the things they write beforehand.
The other thing that comes to mind is the sheer volume of content now running through the ATS veins that goes hand in hand with more members. It gets
harder to get involved in some threads due to the speed at which they progress, more features have become available but we are only human and each of
us has a maximum speed at which we can operate. Minds were more relaxed and discussions were calmer, research was a team effort and it was such a
thrill to be a part of it. Like my dear friend "blupblup" says, we are family.
It was ATS against the world (and beyond) when I joined and now it seems there is more ATS against eachother. A reflexion of youth and the evolving
social internet perhaps?
I'm a nostalgic guy and that's just the way it is. I like to enjoy the here and now because of what the past has given me. The future happens
regardless but to savour what already is seems to be a dying trend.
One day, if you stick around long enough, you may remember this thread and understand better. Think of it like pop music when people think a new
version of an old song is much better than the original...well, without the original you wouldn't have what you enjoy right now so respect is due, no
matter how bad you think the original was, it was the seed to any plant and all it's hybrids that followed and there is no substitute for
Hope you stay for ages and don't get annoyed by the newbies and the inevitable changes too much when you have.
Enough babble. Cheers, nerb