posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 06:07 PM
Above Top Secret is “the Internet's most popular destination for news, discussion, and debate on government conspiracies, cover-ups, UFO's, and
other alternative topics.” All of us, members and staff alike have contributed to this site to make it what it is today. ATS has always been about
quality but there is a tread lately that has crept onto the board, the one line thread.
A one line thread is one that starts like this, “Aliens have feet”, or, “Do aliens have feet”? It can be a topic for discussion but there is
little to base any thought on. Some further information as to why this topic is brought up will enable the membership to pause to give this topic some
consideration. Many time members will just blow it off. As always, links help
We have a tool called the One-Line Warn, members that have been here for a while are familiar with it:
A member of the forum staff, has noticed your one-line or less post in the thread...........
We want to encourage meaningful responses to threads, and discourage simplistic posts. It can become discouraging for new members or guests to wade
through too many short responses, just to get to content that continues the flow of thought.
A token penalty of 20 points has been deducted from your account for this action. Please, in the future, make an attempt to provide more to the flow
of conversation than a simple one-line or less comment.
Sorry for this slight slap-on-the-wrist. Hopefully you take this in the tone intended, as a reminder to make an effort to ensure our content is easy
to read, access, and use by anyone who finds it.
This tool is in place to ensure the quality of material is easy and attractive for all
members and visitors. If this is in place for posts,
does it not make sense that there is a greater onus on the author of a thread
to provide more information to it to encourage thoughtful
ATS is a wonderful site and members working together can only make it better.