posted on Feb, 10 2005 @ 06:56 PM
Over the past few months, and especially the past week, I and a couple other high-level brains here at ATS have considered moving ATSNN to a new model
that seems better suited to our unique and spirited community.
First... let me extend a hearty and enthusiastic thank you to all members who submitted stories to ATSNN, and especially to our reporting and
management staff. Without the contributions and hard work of everyone involved, we never would have gotten to the point where we now think... "okay,
Here's what's next, a pure collaborative community news portal... or if you will, an independent media news cooperative.
Once the changes are complete, any member will have a say in which stories are published, and which are not. We believe this will be a unique new
twist on a community news portal, and very possibly an example that others will copy.
Here is how it will work (it may seem complex at first, but it's really straight forward).
1) Submit: Submit news stories to ATSNN as normal using the submission form. At the time of submission, the author of a story is displayed as
2) Vote: Any member can vote once a story for "GO" or "NO GO". A "GO" vote equals +1 point, a "NO GO" equals -1 point. Members who vote
will be awarded 5 ATS points each time they vote as a "thank you" for participating.
3) Publish or Move: If a story reaches +10 points, it's published as an ATSNN article, and the author is revealed. If it reaches -10 points,
it's moved to the current events forum (and author revealed).
4) Credit: When an author's article is published to ATSNN, they received 250 ATS points, and 1 ATSNN point.
Simple. A very easy to use and democratic system that helps everyone push interesting news to ATSNN more quickly, and with more of the community
having the ability to determine what is published and what is not.
Now, here are the other items of importance.
ATSNN Points: If a member achieves 25 ATSNN points, their submissions automatically get published to ATSNN without any vote process. So if you
have a track record of submitting stories that are voted for publication, you automatically earn your way to an ability to instantly contribute.
Existing ATSNN Staff: All existing ATSNN staff are "grandfathered" in and begin with 25 ATSNN points.
Double Votes: Once you achieve 25 ATSNN points, you are considered an expert, and your "GO" or "NO GO" vote counts as +2 or -2 points
respectively. So our experienced contributors have a stronger say in what is published, and what should not be.
Fast Track: ATS SuperMods and Admin will have the ability to immediately upgrade important submissions in the event a critical breaking story
has been submitted and we'd rather not wait for votes. Authors will still get 250 ATS points and one point toward their ATSNN total.
Submission Quality: This is still a very important aspect, however, we will be focusing slightly less on perfect grammar and syntax, as long as
your submission structure is correct. The new ATSNN will be focused much more on first, fast, accurate, rather than attempt to compete on superior
prose. (Keep in mind, that when we say we're focusing less on perfect grammar, this does not mean ATSNN submissions can include net-shorthand,
vulgarities, smilies, and fractured sentences. Submissions must still be readable.)
There will be no more ATSNN editors. Instead, moderators will be assigned as if the ATSNN forum were any other forum, and they will be responsible for
moving duplications, correcting obvious grammar mistakes in otherwise solid submissions, and other typical moderator-like activity.
Some of you may be wondering why this change? It's simple, this better reflects the unique makeup of our community. The ATS discussion board
communities are unlike any other of our size or topic. There is no singular personality at the center of our community who attempts to steer
discussion and dole out punishment. Our direction is determined by the collaborative contributions of every member. This new remix of ATSNN now better
reflects ATS, and will truly be, the voice of ATS.