Paid shill or no, its always up to your own discernment to listen to them or not.
Let the information the member provides stand on its own, ATS is pretty good at deducing the validity of claims on its own.
no one has ever proved another person is a shill
Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
well according to many on ATS I am a “paid shill”
I think the people who make such accusations should be banned from ATS.
Their argument usually goes along these kind of lines, I (or any sane member) debate with them then about 3 or 4 posts in they realise that I know more about the subject than they do, my position is correct as my argument is stronger with a good logical basis and they have no counter argument. This leads to me being called a “ shill”, sometimes unpaid, sometimes paid either by the CIA or the NWO, take your pick.
I am not a shill, there are no shills on ATS.
“Shill” is just a word that the less than intellectual members on ATS like to through around when they have lost an argument. Usually the word shill is used with other insults like “coward”, “troll” or my personal favourite “disinfo agent”. I think that members who use such terms without any proof of these accusations should be treated the same anyone else would be if they were to call someone a “S***head” for example or any other derogatory term.
So yes OP I agree with you we should stop using the term “shill” but not only that I think we should be tougher on those who do use the term.
Originally posted by Juggernog
Yea, there are some people that are so ravenous about one are two particular topics, its hard to miss them.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by nerbot
They post misleading articles for example, and when the errors of the article are pointed out, they ignore it and continue to knowingly spread lies.
Worst of all, they get away with it despite being against the T&C's to post material that is false, misleading, or inaccurate.
Originally posted by schuyler
A "shill" is simply a derogatory word you can call someone and get away with it.
A shill, also called a plant or a stooge, is a person who publicly helps a person or organization without disclosing that he has a close relationship with that person or organization.
1. a person who poses as a customer in order to decoy others into participating, as at a gambling house, auction, confidence game, etc.
2. a person who publicizes or praises something or someone for reasons of self-interest, personal profit, or friendship or loyalty. verb (used without object)
3. to work as a shill: He shills for a large casino. verb (used with object)
4. to advertise or promote (a product) as or in the manner of a huckster; hustle: He was hired to shill a new TV show. Origin: 1920–25; origin uncertain
Originally posted by captaintyinknots
I think its pretty interesting the way that it has evolved, though. The most obvious shills these days push fringe conspiracy theory-it used to be that they pushed against conspiracy theory.