posted on Jan, 7 2014 @ 12:38 PM
I used to be on ATS a lot about 5-7 years ago. Last 2-4 years I didn't really bother. Recently, I started checking out the "new" ATS, and I'm a
bit flabbergasted about the things that have changed...
First of all; I actually wanted to make a new thread for this post, but to my knowledge, I am not allowed to make a new thread anymore, and have to
"prove" myself before I can. What's with these WATS points? Wasn't even allowed to POST a reply in a 9/11 topic! Strange.
Secondly, I remember ATS as a very big site back in those days (5-7 years ago), with lots of interesting posts, daily, with a good balance between
skeptic and "over-the-top" content. There was a lot of badmouthing, shilling etc. going on, but I personally could wade through the sh*t easily to
find INFO. Information is what this site is all about, to my knowledge. What I see now, (maybe because I know what I want to know now) is that the
amount of interesting, thought-provoking news articles seems to have dwindled, or the interesting stuff is being overshadowed by loads of more
popular, but less significant articles.
On the old ATS, people had an idea/case, and then other people constructively combined their efforts to prove or disproof the posters case. Most
interesting threads grew to humongous proportions, and were like collages of different minds, working towards clarity on a certain subject. There even
seemed to be "common consensus" about "THE conspiracy", and people were really making joint efforts to "connect the dots"; ATS seemed to have
more DIRECTION back then, and I felt at home.
What I seem encounter now, is like time stopped back then, and I see a lot of "new" posts discussing a lot of things I already knew 5 years ago,
because of ATS and other sources of information/speculation. It seems like regurgitation of old knowledge/speculation became the standard; Not as much
"advancement", or DIRECTION as ATS used to have. It could be me, I certainly found my DIRECTION the last couple of years, so I might be less easily
awed by all the "news" coming onto my plate nowadays, but this dish has certain undertones of "haute cuisine", where the same restaurant used to
deliver a full plate. Like a plastic layer that intrusively wrapped ATS in a very slow, gradual, but noticable way.
Third, I get the feeling that the searchable database of ATS has been "cleaned" extensively over the years, and that a lot of important discussions,
that reached the point where they had become "databases" on certain subjects, have disappeared, or became almost unfindable. And then I see a new
topic about the same subject, starting all over again, never reaching that same point. Sad if you ask me. I don't really mind, but I find that the
"usefulness factor" of the threads on ATS has drastically plummeted.
This brings me back to a recent post about "old ATS" in the 9/11 forum, the reason I started writing this reply. I feel like I have known the "old
ATS", and things have really changed, in my opinion. ATS used to be a place for me to find the latest alternative news, but now I have diverted to a
lot of other places for that, because the news here seems to have fallen behind.
This brings me to my final point: In the days I first discovered ATS (7-8 years ago), they even had a very convenient, easily navigatable database of
hard to find articles and documents, like MJ-12 leaked docs., interviews on reverse engineering, extensive articles about Roswell, etc. etc. I've
never been able to find this database again after the first "modernisation" of ATS I witnessed. I have always mourned for this, as this loss of
accessible knowledge on a lot of VERY interesting subjects has helped tremendously to take the DIRECTION away from ATS as I see it. I thought this was
a site about uncovering the greatest secrets, unraveling the mystery together, but it seems like ATS only drifted towards an information-hungry black
hole that continues to suck up established pieces of the puzzle so they can be "re-discovered" again an again, never coming to fruition...
I'm sincerely sorry for adding my rant to your rant OP, but it seems the subject matter of both posts is aligned in a significant way. If you found
this TL;DR then it's your loss. Reading this will make it clear I'm not a shill, and that I'm a wise young man just giving you all my own
assessment of what was, and is now. Hope someone reads this who can verify my feelings about this site.
--- Nicky van Rijn ---