Joined: June 2009
I think that there is another useful function of ATBC is that it keeps the UD inmates insane. Don't forget that prior to Dover the MSM and quite a few of the chattering classes took ID seriously. Half of the articles on the PT was bemoaning bad journalism. Dover put paid to this and relegated ID to the creationists.
Now some unfortunate theist might meet one of the UDers on another forum and might half convince them the ID is Real science and not creationism. However, visiting UD and seeing the anti-materialism rants would quickly show them that ID is just creationism.
If they weren't goaded by us they might be able to maintain a pseudo-scientific facade.
Also the UDites are scared to move outside of their safe haven.