posted on Oct, 14 2012 @ 07:34 AM
This is a rant, but since I can't post anywhere else, here it goes in the Introductions forum.
I've been enjoying ATS for over a year now but am generally a lurker, here and on other forums.
What is going on? The front page ("Home") has had the same top topics for days now! Missing girl (known to be dead for two days now), a vet's
therapy session, sirens in Athens, BBC crew's antics at Roswell, Obama's ring, 11 lies about the Fed, VP debate thread. Top topics! For days!
So perhaps the "home" page's algorithm is stuffed. So I click on Top Topics. Yay! Something about David Icke is the top member pick, but everything
below is the same old stuff on the home page. So I click on Hot Now. 14 pages about a bus driver hitting a woman. Seriously?!!! Hottest topic?? What
the heck? Thankfully it got closed by a mod but it is still the hottest topic.
I like to get my news feed and opinion of the world from this site. I don't have TV and almost never go to an MSM news site unless it is linked to
from a conspiracy forum. OK, how about Breaking Alternative News? Texas RFID at schools, Tel Aviv UFO, father picketing a school, BBC film crew.
(Sorted by last reply). Old stuff. Top topics. People are posting replies.
So why don't I go somewhere else if I am not satisfied? Well I like ATS. I like most of the posters. I like the respect and civility and restraint
from profanities. I like the quality of OPs. And I've never seen it to be so stagnant and focused on non-issues for so long ever before.
Well, I do go elsewhere now if I want to see what's going on in the world: GLP. There I need to wade through huge amounts of profanities, hate,
racism, useless posts, stupid images, etc. but things are a happenin and I can instantly see what's going on in the world in the areas that interest
me most. Those things you would expect from a conspiracy forum you know: the various flavours of doom probabilities (economic, incoming NEO, strange
observations in space, earthquakes, sinkholes, weather, etc), TPTB conspiracies (why is the president's schedule empty and who's in Denver?), etc. I
know I can find all those topics here, but they are quiet and no one wants to post new threads because that would be frowned upon.
It is like members are being funnelled into the "top picks" and "hottest discussions" and if that isn't interesting you have to go search for
interesting topics, but those will usually be old threads with little ongoing discussion. If it is such a sin to make a post about something that's
been covered before, the interesting threads will naturally get buried in the search engine.
I think what is working for GLP is that people pin the most interesting topics but those get unpinned every day sometime early morning for a fresh new
day. Here on ATS the flagged topics just stay on top for days and weeks.
While writing this, I've discovered I can go to a specific forum, say breaking alternative and sort by flags or replies. Almost what I want! Except
the top thread's last reply was April 1. And I would have to do this for about a dozen forums that interest me.
Oh well. End of rant. Thoughts?