reply to post by NewAgeMan
OP, I've been putting thought into your thread here, off and on while doing other things and letting it stew in the back of my mind until my thoughts
came together to make some sense.
First, let me say, I agree with you. ATS has changed and it's not we who have changed this time
...but the tone of the site. It's been a
subtle thing but then, bad things usually are in how they come, aren't they?
I don't pretend to have special insight or anything else. I'm just a guy that's been in all this since BBS's were single phone lines linked to the
world in numbers with a baud rate attached. I can offer only my humble opinions based on that time of online experience.
What's changed is a vicious edge to damn near everything
, across every forum and on every topic.
No topic can't become a hard debate issue now and I think people are sick and tired
of it. A post in Space Exploration about the wonders of
the Universe as caught by a probe or Hubble? The Apollo Hoax bunch will be along shortly to derail or perhaps...just snipe at the tech and/or "hoax"
of even believing it exists.....while saying on another thread the Government is TOO powerful to even challenge at a ballot box.
Whats changed are threads of members seeking a helping hand in advice from others they've closely talked with and grown to respect as well as receive
respect from .... to be jumped like a tourist at Mardi Gras who wandered too close to the alley shadows by those who can't conceive of a place like
this fostering REAL community ties and relations between members.
What's changed is the sport
of running down, ridiculing and generally meeting EVERY thread with the attitude of "how can I challenge,
debunk or attack this?' becoming the norm for enough people to send plenty of members into silence altogether
HOW do I KNOW
this is the case, some may ask?
Well, it's elementary my dear members. Until fairly recently, it was a challenge to have a story thread remain in Newest Topics long enough to get
noticed at all. Rolling at 15-25 minutes from new post to roll over was maddening as a thread contributor at times. Oh how I wished a few times it
would slow down.....
Now it has...and it's depressing. MANY MANY times recently I've popped on from whatever else I'm doing to find Newest Topics threads languishing a
full 2 and sometimes THREE HOURS on the short list for lack of new content. COME ON PEOPLE. We live in some of the most ACTIVE times in anyone's
living memory. It isn't a LACK of things to bring in diverse quantity. It's not lack of people. (Looks around) They were all here and writing like
mad .....recently enough.
.....and the damndest thing... A lot of people warned for months this was coming. This was going to happen. If the nastiness and the vicious sniping
didn't self regulate down....the good and intelligent people would just vote with their feet and walk back to observe rather than join the shooting
gallery from the duck side of it.
I don't mind being a duck myself at times. It adds spice to life and I really don't care. I'm well past that and it took a long time to get that
thick skin.....but sadly, I learned. I can't help but wonder.....if it was THIS vicious when I started as 100% unknown and building confidence from
scratch in the ATS community....would I have gone through it again?
I don't know... I honestly don't. That's enough to sigh in resignation and wonder if this effort ...just writing this... was worth the time either.
Perhaps having to ask that is the saddest statement of all.