posted on Aug, 2 2013 @ 06:17 PM
How do we classify 'important'? I realise we cannot force people to discuss issues which we feel are important, so how can we flag a thread as
needing more and wider attention? The flag system is one way, but maybe there should also be a method of submitting a thread which we feel is
important to the ATS staff so that it can be considered for wider ATS media coverage such as special feature or video. If a thread topic is
interesting or has been argued well then it does not always follow that it will get the exposure it deserves.
For example, I feel that my thread about the possibility of fungi on Mars
Possible new classification opportunity for concretion spherules (blueberries) on Mars
has not been resolved and a concensus has not yet been reached. I feel that a wider discussion would probably find the concensus of opinion what is
going on in the image posted in the OP.
OK, it may be just me who thinks this is an important thread and everyone else has decided that there is nothing to discuss. In a forum setting,
that's fair enough and what you would expect sometimes. However, this fungi issue is a fairly 'hot potato' and as such is important if it is
considered to be a valid possibility of life on Mars.
In this case, the science forum is not as popular as other forums, but there are still
important threads in this forum which, from time to time, need greater exposure to thrash out the issues and encourage more people to join the
Deny ignorange is the tag line of this site and so we should give every opportunity to discuss and expose the issues which are either assumed to be
stable scientific theories or perhaps swept under the carpet by mainstream science or government. It is these nibblings at the edges of science which
keeps it alive and vibrant rather than sinking into an old boys network of cliques and closed thinking.
From the ATS point of view, bringing more exposure to important threads would give ATS a larger presence on the internet, attract more people and more
advertising revenue, so any way we can broadcast important threads would benefit everyone.