posted on Mar, 27 2013 @ 07:55 AM
I cut way back on my ATS viewing -- and even more on my input here -- after the last US election, although I have checked back in from time to time to
see if there are any interesting stories/threads. And then the Sandy Hook and related gun-control memes took over and I really started avoiding this
site. Just way too many way-out/outlandish threads and their redundancies ad nauseum, and the fact that such threads were taking over the
front page, so it was hard to find interesting and/or rational threads on other topics, so I just gave up completely for a while.
Came back looking for anything new in UFOs or interesting news stories that I hadn't heard about elsewhere. Well three threads that caught my eye
are now permanently closed or closed and under staff evaluation. Now I have some opinions on all this and what I think of ATS's handling of such
matters, but that's not what I want to talk about, besides saying that closed-down threads are a big bummer for me. I realize the P'sTB here own
and run the site as they see fit, and they pay the bills, so I can't really complain.
But I do have a suggestion on how to limit/minimize the acrimony that goes on here, and make it a more pleasant website for everyone but those who
live to argue. I brought this idea up in some contentious thread or another a little while back, but doubt it ever got much viewage and
consideration, so I've created this thread to describe and discuss it.
As I mentioned, part of the problem I have, which others likely have too, is that the ATS homepage is overflowing with articles/threads of stories
that either don't appeal to me or which will likely just make my blood boil if I read any of it. It would be nice to have a more customized
front/home page for ATS in which you can filter out forum topics that don't float your boat and threads by OP's you know you generally vehemently
disagree with on just about anything, and you know they will just piss you off if you read their thread.
Now some might argue that blacklisting threads by some persons is censorship, but no one is being censored. Everyone can say there thing, but others
don't have to deal with it, i.e. be aware of it. Admittedly then, there could then be a problem of an echo-chamber effect, in which like-minded
people are all saying the same thing, without much in the way of dissenting views, and any hapless person without a dog in the fight will see only a
very one-side discussion of some topic, but what do we have now? People just talking past each other, and some getting very hot under the collar,
resulting in shutdown threads and removed posts.
For me, ideally, it would be nice if there were two versions of the ATS site, one for my reality and one for (for lack of a better term) Bizarro
World. This wouldn't apply just to politics forums either. I grow tired of wading through tedious threads and comments in the UFO forum for
example, and would like to just filter that forum down to what I consider to be "meaty threads", so I'd spend less time trying to sift through them
for meatier items.
Yes, this would mean that the "standing on a soap box" function of this site would decrease some, but frankly a lot of the threads posted here
deserve to have the soap box yanked out from underneath them, to wit: rambling multi-paragraph introductions to a thread that give no indication of
what the thread is about, or threads with a short intro to a video, but with no short summary of what the video has to say; I'd love to never see
another thread like either of these. And then there are the usual suspects with their tired political hyperbole based on inaccurate information at
best. I just as soon not be aware of another post by such persons. No doubt there are folks here who don't care for the cut of my
ideological/intellectual jib either and don't really want to know about or see my posts, and that's perfectly fine by me.
If such a system were implemented, I fully understand that the current sense of community might change, but with threads being closed and posts being
removed, I for one ain't digging the current community scene. This system seems like it would be fairly easy to implement and automate, and that it
would drastically cut down on the work of moderators, which I'm assuming would be a cost-saving measure for the ATS owners.
p.s.: Don't know a more appropriate forum for this thread, so I put it here. If there's a better place for it, move it there.