a reply to: SouthernGift
Its not what it used to be, and I have my gripes, but, ATS has done a lot for me, so, I'm in it for the long haul... I'll probably be here for the
duration of my life.
I really hope steps may be taken someday to ensure the entirety of ATS Threads can be preserved forever. I dont have faith that this will happen, but,
I have witnessed myself a few times over the years, an ATS Member passes away, and their friends and family end up coming here for one reason or
another, to announce their passing or to find out more about this "strange site they spent so much time on" and they discover a Literal Treasure Trove
of writings in the form of posts and threads by their loved one, and get to see a side of them that they rarely would express in public, even among
friends and family...
You just cant overstate the profundity of this...gift...at a time when someone is dealing with the grief of knowing they will never hear that persons
words spoken aloud from their own mouth ever again. Its like finding their journal/diary and realizing you have More of their words and thoughts to
absorb and take comfort in during the grieving process. Its almost like, theyre not Completely gone...not yet. They still have more to say that you
may not have heard yet.
We share some of our most private thoughts here. This situation came about because well, we live in a society that values appearances over real truth.
So the truth becomes a "private thought", not to be shared publicly.
But yeah, I also believe there is a lot of scientific value in the "ATS Archives". Because of the strict rules about obscenity, manners, etc, you can
learn a lot about people. It almost seems like we need a new branch of psychology/sociology related science dedicated to online interactions.
There's a whole slew of subjects. Forum ettiquete, human vs non human interactions, the psychology of trolls, forum gangs, the tactics they use... its
all very complex and interesting, and ATS, compared to say, GLP, or a YT comments section, has a lot of useful data (if only they saved the deleted
posts and threads).