Sometimes we will read or write a thread, and based on the responses or OP itself, we have to wonder who is behind the words. On a site like ATS its
not just the words, but stars and flags, and even mod intervention that can leave us to wonder so many things, sometimes even forgetting what got us
there in the first place.
I have left here for a while, and wanted my return to have something to do with some of the things that will be shown in this thread. Thank you,
As many of you may already know, there is this thing called a 1-9-90 rule of online participation. In any given online community, about 1% of the
participants produce most of the content, another 9% participate regularly by editing (e.g., on a wiki), commenting (on blogs and articles),
occasionally producing new content (in forums, etc), and the remaining 90% are ‘lurkers’ who do not publicly participate but only read (though
these days, many of them participate a little more publicly, if not creatively, by “Liking”, tweeting, and otherwise sharing the content in ways
that are visible to others, but without adding any thoughts of their own). The exact proportions vary from site to site, but are usually close enough
to 1-9-90 for the general rule to hold.
But there is another problem here – most of the good, nice, constructive commenters may have gone silent and taken their discussions of your blog
elsewhere, but the remaining few commenters are essentially trolls.
We have all had at least one incident in which we didnt not agree with a mod's decision, but believe sometimes it is for the greater good, and I
firmly believe that if a mod makes a mistake (which they can, they are humans NOT bots), then it can and should be discussed, and fixed if
There are many terms and different forms of mods, this is the one that I think applies here on ATS.
Modifying comments – leaving the inappropriate comments on site, but altering them in ways that makes them much harder to read, or making the
commenter look silly, e.g, by inserting a picture of a bunny rabbit, or disemvoweling or using the Kitten Setting. The lightest ‘touch’ is to
leave the comment as it is, but remove a link contained in the comment if it leads to a site you do not want to send traffic to. And yes, all of this
is completely legal, and a very good strategy.
And lets not forget we have all seen the "Free Speech" term used. When I read on, even though ALL does not apply to ATS, some points made me think
Yes, all methods of comment moderation are perfectly legal and don’t let any media lawyer tell you otherwise – they keep getting it wrong.
Free Speech is a very American concept. Most of the other 200 nations on the planet do not provide constitutional protection of free speech. And
Internet is global.
And even within the USA, the concept of free speech does not mean everyone has the right to say everything everywhere. It does not mean you have the
right to say your stuff on my blog. It means you have the right to start your own blog. Just because I have commenting functionality on my site, does
not mean you have the right to post whatever you want on it. Every host of every site has the right to delete, edit, or modify any comment in any way,
to ban users, and to implement whatever moderation norms and techniques one wants.
Commenting is a privilege, not a right. You have to earn it.
Ok enough of the external content.
There are many of us that see a decline in the writing and participation of ATS, and yes I left because of it, but until I put things into perspective
I began to see something else, something a bit more personal, and it gave me a new start to return, and even help make a difference if I can.
There hasnt been a decline.. WHAT FOR IT.... the numbers have changed, and thats it!! I been lurking for the last week, while sitting on this thread,
and was going around looking at threads with older members,and noticed they have (some) fall prey to what so many are disgusted by.
Falling for the one liners,or the nonsensical thread where some are obviously looking for attention, and it was just to point out, that they are
looking for attention. What we forget is the numbers!! Yes the numbers.
Every time you write the numbers rise, which causes curiosity to other members which makes them come in for a while. Imagine if 1 member does this for
one month!? Then it becomes the "norm". Lets switch that up. Lets make this the place that we want to see. This is my place of solace, and I dont
want to lose it, if I can help it.
This will show those that choose to disrupt, or copy and paste everything on yahoo news, that yeah, we know it on the MSM, and if we needed it we can
turn on the t.v.
I fear that we are losing an entire group of people that came here from the "other side", and just saw a condensed version of it here.
Thanks for your time, Peace, NRE.