When I first decided to start posting on ATS and created this account, I found myself incredibly intimidated and hesitant to post. I'd grown up before
the Internet existed and my exposure to the kinds of things discussed here was essentially on the "I saw the In Search Of episode about that a few
times!" level... And the conversations here were light years beyond that.
While I didn't feel like I had a ton to offer - I still had a deep desire to be part of the conversation on some level.
So I worked up my courage and made a few very tentative "Great thread! Love your take on this subject OP!" posts in an attempt to get my foot in the
ATS used to have a prevalent feature where other members could choose to make you their ally or their foe and if another member did so, you'd receive
a PM saying as much.
Well no sooner had I posted a few times than those PM's started rolling in.
I'd been foe'd. By several people in fact.
It kind of gut punched me. I'd barely said anything and already I had enemies? I would later discover that there were a handful of ATS members back
then who enjoyed foe'ing every single member, new ones included, for some reason - and that's all that had happened. But I was already nervous about
posting and those foe notifications nearly caused me to log out of ATS and not return. I felt like the "not welcome" mat had been laid out.
Only as I sat there wondering what I'd done and pondering leaving for good - my PM notification lit up again. I opened it expecting to find another
foe notification or maybe even a moderator message saying "You're banned noob" - as that's where my head was at.
It wasn't anything like that. It was a notice that somebody had added me as an ally. A friend!
I clicked on the username and the page loaded.
Back then I had no clue what any of the stuff on profiles meant - but this new friend had a big avatar and a lot of large numbers on their profile.
Lots of flashy things that left me with the feeling that this was the profile of a person well regarded in the community. Somebody with standing.
And this person had extended a welcoming hand to me!
This single gesture made me feel welcome and a bit more confident. It is why I didn't log out, never to return.
That friendly member was Zorgon and his kind act is literally why I am here.
Godspeed old ally.
edit on 6/21/19 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)