I've been pondering something for a few days now, as I've gotten U2U's from a couple friends which mentioned the issue. That, being the lower
number of posts and quality ..or, perhaps that isn't the right word here. Lack of diversity, of threads would be a better way of terming it.
A good deal of everything running is political and pretty harshly political too. Not much 'Mind Candy' as it were, as has existed in past years.
Past forum history shows a difference.
So, this isn't the kind of rant where it's yelling at anything or being angry. It's a rant on the limited nature of contributions for what may,
I've just come to realize, have made something of a self fulfilling prophecy and trend.
Okay, to explain that and what I mean.
Google is what most
uses to find things online. Love 'em or hate 'em, the numbers say something approaching 70% of everyone uses them.
ATS uses Google supplied stuff which further adds to an already amazing degree of indexing by the world's leading search engine.
A fair majority of average people don't dig far, if at all, beyond the first page of a search engine result for info on a topic of
news or general interest.
All the search engines, among other subtle data points, track by relevance and prevalence then by chronology.
So what does all this mean to what many have been commenting on here and there? Well, we are what we make
as a completely user
Sounds simple..but in practice? It means the less threads we all start on other topics, the less anyone with an interest in those topics will see ATS
in a list of places to learn more or check out chat about it. The fewer folks our happy little community then will see with other interests ...and the
more insular it all becomes to the areas now on primary focus.
I guess some people might have realized this a long time ago, but it just hadn't occurred to me for the circular, self feeding nature of it until
now. My own thread patterns show the same tendency I point out, in fact.
So what would the solution be? How about....We all generally work toward more than just politics and war (All war)? It might even attract more to
contribute on other stuff too!
* I don't mean, by any stretch, any topic isn't great to share. I'm no book burner type. lol... I just mean the 50-75% of new topics usually, these
days, being one of those two things. Politics or War. Diversity can be a downright nasty word these days...but in this case, it might just be the
spice of online reading, anyway.
Just my two carrots worth.