Welcome! I remember when I asked that very question.
You've already received some great help. I wrote this up for a friend. Maybe it will help you, too.
How I use ATS
Buttons along the top that I use:
Settings - To change my personal settings (re-set time zone every time)
Gripe/Ideas – To report posts, gripe about something or submit and idea
Members - A list of ATS members (for when I’m feeling nosy)
Search – Site Search Tool
**MyATS – A collection of my subscribed forums and threads
**My NEW – Recent posts in my subscribed forums
**New Posts – New posts in ATS, PTS or BTS
Mcenter – The private messaging center, upload pictures, spend points
**I use these to maneuver around the boards and catch the new posts in my areas of interest. Here are some pointers on using those 3 buttons.
These are forums that I’m interested in. There are 2 ways to subscribe to a forum:
1) Click on MyNew. At the top, you will see:
Displaying today's recent posts in your subscribed forums. (edit subscribed forums)
Click on ‘edit subscribed forums’ and turn ON all the threads that you wish to subscribe to and hit ‘submit’ at the bottom.
2) Click on MyATS On the left side, you will see:
Your Favorite Forums (edit forums)
Click on ‘edit forums’ and turn ON all the threads that you wish to subscribe to and hit ‘submit’ at the bottom.
I subscribe to 5 or 6 at a time and change them depending on my mood. The newest 6-8 threads in your subscribed forums show up in blocks on the left
side of your MyATS page, with your subscribed threads on the right side.
You can subscribe to a thread by posting in it or by going to page 1 of the thread and clicking on the “subscribe” button at the top. That thread
will then appear in the list on the right side of ‘MyATS’ page.
MyNEW gives a list of all new threads in your subscribed forums.
NewPosts gives a list of new posts in either ATS, PTS or BTS, depending which board you last visited. For example, to see the new posts in ATS, click
the small ‘ATS Board’ button at the very top right of the page, and once ATS loads, click NewPosts.
Click BTS, then NewPosts to see the new posts in BTS.
Click PTS, then NewPosts to see the new posts in PTS.
(you will have to log on to all 3 boards)
- Get accustomed to looking at the time when you leave the board, then you’ll be able to tell by the timestamp on the new posts if you’ve seen
them or not.
- Keep your subscribed threads list (right side of My ATS page) fairly short, deleting the threads you’re no longer interested in. I keep mine
- Start small. Subscribe to 3-4 forums until you get the hang of it and then expand.