I have decided that seeing I was feeling all lonely as no-one had given me questions I would answer Subz questions, fired at him from esteemed member
1. To what extent do you personally think the Western MSM is actually influenced by corporations and government, and what, if anything,
should or could ATSNN contributors do about it in regards to researching, submitting and commenting on news?
Mainstream media is influenced by many factors including those spoken of above. We cannot stop Mainstream doing this but we can certainly be aware of
it and report the facts, the whole facts and nothing but the facts. More research should be done where possible to post opposing views, different
reporting slants on the story, follow-ups, interviewing witnesses, phone calls to people and places, emailing and most of all by always asking
questions. Listening and reading between lines and always taking a closer look.
2. Considering Qn 1 above, do you have, or have you read from other members, any ideas that you would like to see instituted in ATSNN in
regards to an expanded incentive system to hopefully increase submission quality, and more importantly, encourage members to seek out information for
themselves and create exclusive news such that ATSNN can attain the lofty goals which the site admin and many contributors hold for it.
Well the only true incentive I see is through love. Love of ATSNN. Incentive systems can breed egos and changes to incentive systems have to be well
thought out and all contingencies planned for. I have posted my thoughts on improving quality. People are naturally competitive and if they see a high
standard set for them by experts, then they are more likely to raise the stakes on their own submissions. The applause function from mods works
A possibility I have heard and discussed is a yearly awards for best stories and articles. That is a positive way to entice better quality
3. Do you feel that members commenting on submission quality within the discussion thread of a submission should be regulated against? A lot
of posters have brought up the idea of a "U2U the submitter" function, but there has been no apparent intention to institute this, and still the
suggestion keeps cropping up. What are your thoughts on this and what, if anything, do you plan to do about it?
Yes I do feel it should be regulated to a point. U2U'ing the submitter is a great idea and once again a panel of experts selected to assist
contributors to submit quality articles would be able to achieve this goal.
A panel or expert could U2U the submitter and quietly point out grammar errors or spelling mistakes or actual factual mistakes in the article. This
takes it away from the public eye and does not downplay the author in anyway. I have been messaged by others before in this regard and I am only too
happy to fix up any boo boo's and I am sure other submitters would be just as happy. I think all submitters have a healthy pride in their work and do
wish to se the best standard coming out of ATSNN.
Another idea in my head which I would like input and thought on would be to have a forum or forum thread for comments and questions. Not for
submitting articles to and not to debate the subject matter of the story but a discussion on submitting, styles, grammar, spelling (for example
debating the ATSNN standard for English - American or English style spelling).
Once again this idea needs more thought and discussion because it can have negative effects to ATSNN as well as positive. Some repliers on ATSNN
lately have taken joy in attacking both veiled and outright, authors of posts. This is a negative effect that could spill over into any ATSNN
discussion group or forum. There are 'humans' involved and humans have egos.
But this has got to stop on ATSNN. The way i look at an article and replies is that a work of art has been created. That work of art will be
scrutinized by thousands of people for years to come from all walks of life. Granny May for instance, may just type something into google and pulls up
an ATSNN article. Granny wants to see the article, well written, well presented and with good thought provoking twists and turns in the replies.
Granny does not want to walk head on into a bitchfest of ego's and nasty responses directed at the writers, that is authors and repliers, Granny will
not return for more. Granny then thinks that ATSNN is not the worthy quality source that it should be striving to achieve.
The replies and debate are what makes ATSNN special and it's a shame that it can and does get spoiled.
4. Being as honest as a politician can, what do you think are the drawbacks, if any, of the ATSNN submission voting system?
A major drawback is good stories sitting in no mans land well past their use by date and the other would be voters using the No:Bias button to vote
down articles that go against their opinion. This often happens on hot topics and that is sad to see. The other drawback is of course not being able
to give your reason why you just voted a badly grammar, one line intro article down. I vote on most submission, very few pass me by and I vote yes or
fix on most of them but when I use the fix button I would like to be able to point out exactly what I see could be fixed. For example the
proliferation of one line intros in submissions lately.
5. Do you think that ATSNN needs another 'N', or is the current number about right? Do you think another 'N' would make ATSNNN one
better than all the other 'NN's?
Above Top Secret Nerds News Network?
Above Top Secret National News Network?
Above Top Secret Nutso News Network?
Above Top Secret Nice News Network?
Above Top Secret Naughty News Network?
........ I have enough problems spitting out ATSNN in one breath.
]6. WARNING - THIS ONE STUMPED BUSH JNR: What do you think was the greatest mistake or oversight you made in your term as an ATS Council
Assistant? How do you intend to rectify that failing if you are elected to the council?
I wasn't there but my response to the general gist would be Ithat I find the opposite of failure is perfection, seeing how as nothing can be perfect,
neither can anything be a failure. Near perfect, near failures perhaps, everyone runs along that gamut of experiences. Everyone makes mistakes,
oversights and boo boo's in life, the question that comes into play should be how they deal with those mistakes, how they work through them and learn
from them. Personally I strike it down, sum it up work it out and get on with it, stamped duly learnt. I should be old enough, wise enough and honest
enough with myself and others to know by now how not to do stupid things over and over.
7. Have you read the book 13 Bloodlines of the ATS Council, and if so, what is your answer to the charges made in that publication? Do you
believe that non-ATSNN contributors are merely "useless eaters"?
Ah Yes I think I wrote an ATSNN news review article on that book, fantastic read, didn't agree with the gist though. Anyone who reads or replies to
an article has contributed to ATSNN. They are the bread and butter of ATSNN. ATSNN would be a boring nonsensical place without readers, non
contributing or not.
8. What do you say to the sometimes-heard whisper that the council is simply seen as a stepping stone by "I wannabe a mod"
To me, I am going into this election with my heart on my sleeve. it’s about ATSNN and nothing else for me. I think after the last election there was
a need for new mods. I guess it was a good place to choose the mods from for a couple of reasons, they were voted in in the first place, so the member
base was happy with their performance as a member, that’s a good plus, then they had a chance to work with management and management got a good
chance to see how they performed.
Management have the right to pick and choose moderators who fit in with the current status quo and the people picked for council last time were what I
call a short list of people, along with others that didn’t make council but are still as active, who would be naturally chosen to be mods even
without the council.
9. How many babies have you kissed and did any of them vomit on you? And does lemon juice really get the stain out or is that simply an old
Babies I have kissed...well many many many..I adore kids, so innocent so untarnished by bias.....sigh * I just kissed my baby just then...Practicing
for the PR side of the election and the kids are on my official support team.
I am always getting vomited on by babies....but mostly only mine ( one with reflux didn't help that cause), so I am an old hand at baby sick stains.
Lemon juice doesn't really do the trick and can bleach some of the candidates dress shirts. I find that carb soda does the trick, first time every
time. Especially on the ATSNN council chambers luxurious carpet floors.
10. Do you think ATSNN needs redecorating, and do you think that the pink heading is becoming of ATSNN Op/Eds?
I think that ATSNN doesn't NEED redecorating but if at some time in the future management decided a makeover, it wouldn't be a step in the wrong
direction. The pinks too pale, need it darker.
11. Do you think that the no:bias voting option should be disabled when the article is an Op/Ed?
Yes definitely. An Op Ed is bias in its nature.
12. Do you think that some form of collaborative projects, research or reporting could be set up and possibly benefit ATSNN in any way?
Yes. For example the Katrina News thread and the Bird Flu one are two good examples of collaborating threads. Everyone works together to ensure
threads like these are kept up to date and streamlined for easy reference. The ATSNN country fact files were another. These ideas are just in infancy
but have a chance to grow along with ATSNN.
If anyone has any questions and comment I will be most pleased to answer.
[edit on 28-10-2005 by Mayet]