posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 12:18 AM
Well, this thread got a S&F from me, for being well written, and on a topic that should concern people.
You bring up valid points, and open discussion of a very relevant part of human nature. It's a fact that there will be some of this behavior any
place that many people gather. It's also a fact that the worst offenders will seldom, if ever, admit to such behavior. Cliques are a reality.
That said, I do have to say that this site is far better about that than pretty much any other place I have ever posted. I don't say that lightly,
either. That is one reason that I joined, after years of "lurking" and reading the threads. For the most part, nonsense isn't tolerated, and
people try and listen to even new members. Sure, errors can be made, because we are all human, but the staff seems to actually care, and that isn't
the case on a LOT of websites. One that I visited for years, I virtually never bother with anymore because of this very issue. Literal gangs of
people, attacking any that weren't in the "in group", pouncing on new members as though they were chum, and worse. ATS isn't like that, and it's
I think there can be other reasons that some threads and posts get more attention, besides just the standard popularity thing. Here, a lot seems to
be (from what I have observed as a "sometimes here" member) what topic happens to resonate with people at a given time. Certain things tend to be
popular at certain times, and that's ok. I do know that the few threads I posted did get some attention. Maybe not as much as I hoped, but that's
ok. Some good discussion, some debate, and that's all great. Personally, I don't tend to worry about whose thread it is, when I read one, save to
keep track of the OP in the thread. There are members whose opinions I tend to agree with more, and some I almost never agree with, but I will star
any post that I agree with, and flag and star any thread that is interesting, and well written. Yes, even people I disagree with can, and do, get
stars. If someone is right, they are right.
In any case, even if there is a bit of that "clique" behavior here, it isn't nearly as bad as it could be. it's a great topic to discuss, though,
because we should all be reminded that that sort of thinking isn't right. I believe the ATS community has the best chance of avoiding that kind of
thing. We have thinking people, that can agree even with those they dislike much of the time. I have seen agreement from people I have argued with
on other threads, and I am sure many of you have as well. I have seen posts from newer people, that were well written, receive attention. Yes, I
have, on occasion, seen really good threads not getting attention, and some really not-so-good threads getting too much, but that doesn't seem to be
the norm. I think a lot of that is that we have members that can see through the usual tactics made to divide us, and, for the most part, people that
are willing to consider other points of view, or at least discuss them rationally even when they disagree.