posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 07:51 PM
After some additional review of the current state of ATSNN, considering input form our staff, the input from existing reporters, and especially the
input of members in various threads over the past month, there will be an additional round of changes coming over the next few days. In short, these
changes will make ATSNN, a 100% contributor-driven news portal.
Contributor? Well, yes. That signals another subtle change... we're starting to shift our terminology from members to contributors... but that's
In the new system, there are four categories of people who will make ATSNN what it will be.
Contributors: You are the source of material. Your quick work locating important stories and creating submissions will be the core of ATSNN.
Experts: These are contributors who have had 75 upgraded submissions (it used to be 25, now it's 75). New code will scour the history of ATSNN
an ensure all contributors are awarded the correct number of submissions since the start of ATSNN... so that means many of you are already experts.
Moderators: The ATSNN forum will now have a moderator staff just like any other forum. However, their job is to keep the peace in the
discussion threads, not manage submissions.
Administration: Me, Bob88, William One Sac and SimonGray. We can immediately upgrade submissions and other aspects of controlling submission
The voting system will standardize on 15 yes votes to upgrade to an ATSNN story, and 10 no votes to downgrade out of the ATSNN forum.
A vote by a contributor is equal to 1 vote for both yes and no.
A vote by an expert will equal 2 votes for both yes and no.
And a vote by an Administrator will equal 5 votes for both yes and no.
Every new submission from everyone (even admin) will begin as an anonymous submission. Contributor's submissions will begin with 0
votes while submissions from experts and admin will being with 10 yes votes.
When you apply a "no vote" you will be able to pick form one of the following reasons for your vote:
- not appropriate for ats
- writing is too biased
- don't like the story
- don't think the source is credible
If you don't yet fell like voting, but want to offer suggestions to the author, contributors will be able to send the following comments
- your grammar or spelling needs work
- good story, but your intro is too biased
- good story, but your source is shaky
- your headline could use rewriting
Experts will be able to reward great submissions and great posts with applause. News threads with the highest accumulative applause will eventually
appear in an ATSNN "Hall of Fame" section.
Over the past few months, there has been significant concern over what some believe to be a falling-off of ATSNN submission quality as more and more
members contribute. I can tell you this, while many of our members are superior writers, ATSNN will never be able to complete on content-quality
alone. Our advantage, as it has always been, is the compelling and important follow-up conversation that no other site can match. Every success in
ATSNN's history has been news threads with several pages of expanded coverage through quality conversation, collaboration, and debate. This is our
advantage, this is ATS. No one does it better than you.