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Why not move hoaxes off the front page?

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posted on Mar, 24 2016 @ 12:29 AM
Small rant and mainly driven by curiosity as to why a post that gets labeled a Hoax continues to appear as a frequently commented on post.

Why isn't it removed from front page/popular pages of ATS once it's identified as BS?

Otherwise isn't ATS facilitating discussion about BS and therefore facilitating the opposite of Deny Ignorance?

Anyway, not wanting a harsh response. I'm just curious as to why Hoax posts continue to be displayed...
edit on 3.24.2016 by Kandinsky because: Put link in OP and edited title to words

posted on Mar, 24 2016 @ 12:33 AM
a reply to: inquisitivenature

Comic relief?

Morbid curiosity?

Either can be cathartic...

Both can be equally entertaining.

edit on 24-3-2016 by madmac5150 because: Punctuation... 22 cent punctuation tax paid

posted on Mar, 24 2016 @ 12:48 AM

originally posted by: inquisitivenature
I'm just curious as to why Hoax posts continue to be displayed...

People get confused, start threads asking about disappearing threads, cry censorship, repost the same topic etc. when threads are removed. Unless it breaks T&C it is probably better to leave it up.

posted on Mar, 24 2016 @ 12:57 AM
ATS actually has a HOAX forum that topics get moved to once revealed. I suggest letting a moderator know that a particular topic is based off of a hoax with verifiable proof and they will move it.

Also, putting a URL as a title isn't exactly a good way to post a topic

posted on Mar, 24 2016 @ 02:02 AM
a reply to: inquisitivenature

The internet is awash with hoax stories. They are now part of our culture and some people will refuse to accept a hoax if it presents a reality they prefer. For example, some people want to live in a world where slick-looking spaceships land every day or farmhouse kitchens have poltergeists all day.

News media is also falling victim to political hoaxes and other outlets go all out to promote them. Stories keep appearing that have no supporting evidence beyond a tweet, a blog or a relabelled old YT video. Despite a story being a hoax, it can still be fascinating and people still enjoy debating it. There's also that vocal group of politically motivated people who know a hoax is a hoax and don't care as long as it adds wind to their own sails. They all want to talk about the hoax story.

ATS has the HOAX forum so we can still talk about them. We used to trash hoaxes and realised that it was unfair to end a conversation that still had life. If it's popular enough to get on the front page, it's because members still want it there.

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