Many good points made here so won't reiterate what's already been said/written.
What should surprise myself and many others is that no one has mentioned that there are a few intelligence agencies as others of 'concern' which have
staff that work together on this site and star one another to put their posts ahead of the rest and flag each other's threads, to stay ahead of the
pack so to say. Now I know this for a fact; not speculation. It should be addressed as there 'are' posters here as well as some mods who know what I
speak of though do not speak or Act on the issue for 'fear' of reprisal?
The troller-tramps need help/guidance as any other as they are human beings as well, some with shinier badges, more stripes, prettier feathers,
tighter pants, and glossier shoes than another but.....
. They often need the most help as they
have become 'products of the system' and often know not they have become automatons unto another; which no one respects, including themselves. Point
is, everyone needs the troooooth where it can be found in such a conditioned/segmented/structured/compartmentalized 'society' they find themselves in.
Let's not perpetuate it; K? Deny Ignorance is something we should all strive for otherwise some ignorance goes unchecked and is encouraged to
continue. Let's do the Right Thing Here and call a spade a spade when it's clearly a spAde.
I believe the mods should examine the trends of posters whom always seem to 'follow each other around' starring one another's posts. The trend is
one's friend if it's examined for what it is. For some reason? this is a known issue though has not been corrected. I have watched the content
providers on this site for over 4 years now and the 'players' are well known to myself as well as the staff and some mods. One could examine the
posters' IP addresses/various screen names/aliases used and examine a few years data to see who's following who on varous boards, who's
starring/flagging who and so on. The data is there for the analyzing though some of this is political as well of which is understood for there is
much data mining going on here as well as intelligence gathering for agencies of that concern as well as publishers and journalists looking for a good
story or data for their own agenda which is expected.
The obvious trolling teams patting one another on the backs, starring each other's posts in collusion, flagging each others' threads to remain in
front of the pack of 'others' should come to an end as I personally know, primarily second hand or not in person, of many very intelligent and gifted
content providers that have left this site in the past due to the manipulation/collusion as well as censorship that has gone on in the past.
There is always a better way. I enjoy reading the content of various members here on ats as there are many well informed, creative/intellectual and
inquiring minds and seem to keep an adult composure with minimum childesh, insulting commentary and other related foolishness.
I could go on
though I think I've made my point and it needed to be made and realized for what it was/is. I believe this site has a good structure/good flow/layout
and so on. No problems with the site other than the comments above.
Just keeping it real folks.
Fine, don't starry me.
Whaaa! Sniffy-snort.....Wa-wa-wa-Whaaa.....as so on.....
edit on 13-10-2012 by Bluemoonsine because: (no reason given)