I haven't posted a rant in awhile so I suppose it's been overdue. There certainly is no shortage of little things my monitor hears all about some
days. Poor thing...someone ought to give it a medal and combat pay.
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My note today is about a unique sort of user out there. I make no distinction to specific names. You know who you are and
so does everyone else. There is no need to approach that bright line of T&C in making anything personal to individuals. There are enough to go around
on this one.
First, what is a Serial Thread Crasher? Well, I think a few criteria are proper to consider in that description.
- A 'Johnny on the spot' tendency to be the 'firstist' with the 'mostest' to say about OTHER people's threads
- A common pattern of having little contributed themselves for threads to anything of substance
- short, curt and often mean spirited replies seen as the norm, not the exception
- Often off topic by a sheer lack of reading the Op to even grasp the original topic at all
- Finally, a bitter 'fight to the end' defense of their own bad conduct.
Above Top Secret is a special place, in my humble opinion. I'd imagine my feelings are fairly clear by the time I spend writing my own contributions
here for others to enjoy or badger, as any given one may come to be. It's a place where one can post and discuss everything from who killed Kennedy
to the latest video game or television show news to what one's favorite or least favorite politician is up to....anywhere in the world. This is a
place where, within fairly clear and well understood lines of conduct, almost anything goes and ideaology has never, that I've seen, been a cause for
a member to be kicked to banned. That alone is near unique to sites which follow something like this format.
Our little community has a plague though and it's a black plague of anger, hate and discontent. Not unlike the Plague of old and historic note, it's
a contagious and toxic thing. The more it spreads, the more who rise to spread more of it. It becomes a self feeding monster.
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Now I don't mean the occasional note to figuratively slap an Op on a stupid thread or bad topic. I've both done the
slapping and been slapped myself, plenty, over my time here. No, that isn't at all who or what I mean
I mean those folks we're seeing and have seen a rise of since late last year, who seem to come for little more than personal amusement and
entertainment by making other people feel bad or less than worthy of attention for their threads or topics. Some of these, obviously, take real time
and effort to put together.
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For those who do not yet write their own contributions, it's important to explain something. Some of these threads we, as regular contributors, write
for ATS take time. REAL time. One thread I wrote about the Nez Perce Tribe and it's last running battles under Chief Joseph is a decent example in
being among the shorter of my "significant" contributions. That took several hours in a flowing narrative and a single session from start to finish.
Other threads I've written have taken weeks to fully research, assemble and compose. I have no doubt many other members spend equal degrees of time
and tender loving care to their creations before turning them loose to an interested membership for review and consideration.
All that time, effort and sometimes, even love (depending on topic), so one jackwagon can top post the thread with "Well, that was really stupid, Op!
Get a life!!" or something similar. Sometimes all but killing an otherwise quality thread or derailing it into the ditch, right from the
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I'd just ask that those who take pleasure when others have misery, think about those actions and what motivations lay beneath them. Both for the
attacking without substance and for those being attacked without basis, all too often. It's a passing and momentary thing to the Serial Thread
Crasher. Just another stop on their busy day of spreading discontent ....but the hurt it can cause others is considerable and the impact, lasting.
I sometimes wonder, as I consider the "goodbye" notes I have in my saved U2U's from good members and friends already lost over the period I've
been here, how much ATS has lost for quality because of this approach by more than can be outright ignored. I can't help but think a great deal of
quality content which may have been, will never be. This issue, being as much a reason as any.
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Treat other's threads as you'd want them to treat your own
. Consider that a good % didn't just write themselves and more than a little time
was invested by someone in writing it. Then, please, ask yourself....Thread Crasher....is what you have to say in attack so valuable to share after
all? Is anything actually added by the comments? Will anyone likely see them as more than trollish and small minded? If the answers to those questions
aren't positive? I'd say moving on to threads that are to your liking is the best approach. Not crashing ones which hold no interest but to ridicule
those who wrote them.
(Hops off Soapbox)