For the third time in the last four weeks big news stories (London x2 and today's plane crash in Toronto) broke while I was at work (where I don't
logon anywhere that's not directly work related). You want to know something?
While those stories broke I had more details and had them faster than the other people at the office. They where all looking at the usual suspects of
major newswires and sites that have frequently updated, but "static", content and sites with live content where usually giving them access trouble due
to high traffic. Me?
I was on ATS reading details being posted by members reporting the coverage from many different sources. Where else can you get coverage from
different places around the world in real time?
Today, people at work where coming to me to know what was going with the plane crash and they wanted to know where I was getting my info.
I don't know what they though of the site since I only had the news thread open with frequent refreshing, but they were impressed. They were a little
less impressed when some members made some stupid remarks and mods had to step in. Very unprofessional.
I do know one thing about the people I work with. If they start to read wild speculation
, political barbs
, personal attacks,
sweeping blanket statements
etc… they will not be back.
Credibility is an elusive quality.
I don't think I'm going out on a limb by speaking for all of the mods and admin when I say that ATSNN - especially during a live breaking event
- will be held to a higher standard.
Some mods have been making an effort lately and have been receiving a lot of grief from members who just don't get it.
ATSNN is a member driven news portal (as is ATS in general). Like our new Council, it's an online community experiment, because at ATSNN "we cover
In a community the police don’t, and really can’t, force people to behave. The people are expected to behave themselves.
Quality and credibility is not up to the mods it's up to the members.