posted on Sep, 23 2012 @ 09:19 AM
I rarely post or visit here anymore, have sinced moved on to other websites, but I was visiting last night reading the ATS rant thread and wanted to
comment. Then I realized the thread was closed (lol big surprise), and passed out. This morning I was going to see if it had been opened or if a
follow-up had been authored, and low and behold here we are. A positive spin ATS thread.
I started surfing ATS around 2005, researching various topics, and it was a very interesting website. Over the years it's decline has been obvious.
Inflated membership numbers to promote the "company" to gain better and more lucrative advertising deals (thank god for Ad Block Plus and NoScript
or else I would have probably left around 2009 when ATS did that whole stupid Robbie Williams thing).
ATS used to be a decent forum system, but now when you are logged in there is no sidebar showing the latest topics (at least on Chrome). That's why
I stopped logging in, cause there was no way to search other content in the sidebar. Now, on Chrome (Windows) when I'm not logged in, the sidebar
jumps to the bottom of the screen.
It's just a poor design overall, and while the homepage may look nice remember this; every time that page refreshes, the owners get another pageview.
ATS's numbers are so inflated it's absolutely hilarious. They force the home page to stay open while opening new threads in a _blank target
_..wow...this way, the home page just keeps refreshing while your browse and read another thread, giving them more page views. They are that
desperate for pageviews/hits to promote their website to advertisers. It's declined a lot in my opinion, and the design and structure has become
laughable, although after the three amigos took over was when it really started going downhill imo.
I never had a problem with the mods, I thought they did an okay job for the most part. Some of them, in the old days, would get personally offended
and delete threads on some sort of vendetta. I can't speak for that now as I never visit here anymore, but from what I saw in late 09/early 10 when
I was still coming here it seemed to have improved. Oh yeah, then they closed the anti-ATS thread. Well, tbh, it's their website and they can do
what they want with it. It's decline will continue though, but I'm sure they'll inflate user numbers by self-registering accounts. The numbers
last night were only 55% of registered users had posted, and even of those most were under 20 posts. It's no surprise, but whatever. That's all I
have to say, I'm sure I'll be banned, but I never really come here anyways so whatever. I hope you guys can find alternative forums to post on,
there are plenty out there that are much much better than ATS. Godspeed.