Ack! I'm getting so annoyed with the general chit-chat forum! It used to be one of my favorites as it could be a great place to run into some unique,
interesting, provocative, and insightful ideas from fellow members.
But anymore it seems like a safe haven to post the puerile, the sophomoric, and the ultimately useless threads that are turning ATS into a social
networking meme extravaganza.
I swear, we need to add a forum called, "Ideas I had while on the can that would make a totally awesome thread!"..just because I'm getting frustrated
finding threads without substance. I think we need a whole new category because some of BTS is getting just too BRATS for me! (Below Really Annoying
Yes, yes, I've been guilty of creating such threads in the past. We all have! It's just part of the bandwagon that we all get suckered into at one
point or another.
BTS has its purposes. Not everything is a conspiracy, and not every member should be focused on doom and gloom all the time. I see BTS as a buffer
that allows us to share ideas in other aspects of our lives. For example, we can share recipes and the latest health tips, have a discourse on
religious issues, consult about imagery we saw in a dream, and discuss our relationships.
But do we really need threads that lead to almost no discussion in any direction whatsoever? such as "post a funny pic" or "just to relieve the
tension" or "ask me anything and I will answer with a snappy response" kind of threads?
I think General Chit-Chat is just a little too general. Although there isn't a realistic measure of what makes a useful or useless thread (it's all
opinion after all,) I think there should be some more definite parameters such as "off-topic, serious discussion" where people can discuss their
ideas,outlooks, worldviews etc without having to dread an onslaught of joke memes and one-line joke replies.
and a counter forum for "off-topic, non-serious joke discussion" where one would expect to find the kind of threads for posting funny pics, posting
funny posts, and just general off-topic bon mots
This is my proposal for General Chit-Chat reform
edit on 20-4-2013 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)