Every post as a Star from 1 to 5 so every ATS Member could vote, my suggestion is to put aside a “Credibility” icon, but in a pair (2, 4, 6)
number of scale or choices (in odd numbers say 1 to 5 [0 to 5 will be pair, 6 choices] we could choose the middle and that is not clarifying because
is in the middle and equivalent of “maybe”, in a pair chose simply we do not have the middle to chose, so the result will be more on the “no”
or “yes” side).
A concrete example:
In the thread Pentagon plane crash
by Loutty we are discussing the Pentagon part of
9/11, the ATS Members had posted different opinions and sources, documents, sites, videos, books, etc…, imho a Boeing 757 (big plane) simply
couldn’t disappear from all frames from all available videos, so imho no plane crashed at the Pentagon, and I started by
where I say that imho that vapour/smoke trail (in the frame) that
is near (or almost in) the ground could be from a fast car or missile, I could add something small but not (!) a Boeing 757, last
. So if I had to rate in Credibility (say an hypothetical 1 to 6 range)
a post or thread that tries to prove that a Boeing 757 crashed at the Pentagon I will give a certainly “no” (1, 2, or 3, because 4, 5 and 6 belong
to “yes”, no middle so no “maybe”), now I need to choose the “no” grade, I will give 1 if the member only posted arguments without any
evidence or document to support that, I will give 2 if he gives some references but I consider that of dubious value and I will give 3 if he gives
good (imo) resources but I don’t agree with that. I will have a similar but reverse attitude for something that I agree.
The thread Credibility could be an automatic calculation based on the individual post Credibility, but that is not a perfect system because if someone
states “X” and everybody thing “Y” they will give a Credibility of “no” (1, 2 or 3) to the “X” thread or post (idea, argument,
demonstration or theory), and if some days, weeks, months or years after if we have a new and definitive evidence that “X” is the right thing, the
Moderators need to change the wrong Credibility and put that right, and the poor member (a real genius in that case) was all the time right and
everybody else was wrong, for that reason this is not a perfect system, but is something to start (an elaboration of a good system) and could be
improved. Ok, not voting will be the middle or “maybe”.
For an evident Fraud or Hoax, the Moderators could classify as “Fraud” or “Hoax” in the title and close the thread, but we have some thread
already in that status, so is working.
Another thing I like to say is that the open mind and free speech policy of ATS is very good and honest, imho, because allows one person to express is
opinion independently of others opinions, and in an adult and civilized behaviour a group could discuss (from dialog) anything and different opinions
could exist in that discussion (thread) with respect from each other different opinions. Very good to ATS (a 6 star)!