[either that or all the cool people come over here]
That said, the next question is what would I consider a success?
Do I want Mark and Bill to make a zillion?
Honestly, I don’t think they deserve it considering their past performance and treatment of certain people who’s only crime was speaking their mind and were perceived to be a threat to their bottom line as a result.
Then again, on the other hand, if by some miracle they chose to turn over a new leaf as it were and dedicate themselves to building an evolving community that shares a common interest (but not necessarily common beliefs) with a firm commitment to management transparency and accountability then I don’t think it would bother me if it paid off for them done right … everybody wins.
That I would consider a success.
Question is what all would need to change to make that happen?
No doubt the hoaxers and charlatans have their own ideas and would like some things NOT to change but I believe the future of ATS belongs to it’s best and brightest thinkers/contributors (“out there” or not, in my book there’s nothing wrong with being edgy in moderation) so I say f’em if they can’t take a joke.
I have some ideas but I see some members of ATS are currently working on some promising ideas of their own for effecting positive change that are very similar to mine in this thread here…
A Rebuttal In Defiance Of The GFL Troll Thread (and others like them)
[GFL = Galactic Federation of Light… or something like that, I think it has something to do with that sick f__ Richard “Hot Tub” Boylan and his (yikes!) “Star Kids” thing who got busted and lost his psych license in California for “treating” female “abduction” victims in various states of undress]
InfaRedMan wrote:It doesn't take a lot of common sense to notice that the GFL thread is severely depreciating the quality of ATS and the enjoyment to majority of ATS Members... Good, Productive Members!
As a clever Vulcan once said:
"The Needs Of The Many Outweigh The Needs Of The One".
I don't like to walk away from here feeling it's more acceptable to act like a kook or troll than it is to call someone out for overtly being one. Sadly it seems that the later is the bigger T&C crime at the moment. Yet it's the first that is doing the greater, overall damage...
Are we living in some alternate universe here because it all feels a bit back-to-front?
Sure, the sensationalism (and overt neo-religious zealotry) gets the website hits and that's all great but what about the long term? All good companies build their futures on reputation and this isn't the kind of reputation ATS needs.
Is this really that good for the members, The Aliens/UFO's Board and the future of ATS? I don't know, what do you think?
Sure, were told by management to just walk away and ignore the thread but when you truly care for the forum you contribute to, when you try to make it a better place, it's hard to turn a blind eye. After all, it's the turning of blind eye's that has made civilization the sad & sorry sight that it is today.
Sure I'm all for freedom of speech and right to express yourself but when there are dubious, divisive agendas driving those words and actions, a stop needs to be put to them.
Is it wise for ATS to be essentially giving unfettered air time to a UFO Cult that can never provide proof or substantiation of anything they say? Do threads that cannot provide evidence ever add anything positive to UFOlogy, a field that has already sustained many near fatal blows in the past?
I welcome comments from all those that support an end to much of this nonsense!
Star & Flag If You Feel This Is Important To You & Us!
I recommend everyone take a look while the thread is still open.
[hopefully highlighting it here won’t kill it]
To my surprise it hasn’t been moved from the A&U forum where it’s most relevant and will get the most exposure and feedback.
Part of me suspects it will be closed or ignored as usual because I think some of these ideas will adversely impact the ATS business model as currently (ill) conceived and I see it working but hey, one can still dream can’t they?
What do you all think of some of the suggestions made?
Can ATS be “saved” from eternal mediocrity… or worse?
What would you suggest?