Originally posted by Kitsunegari
I don't know about others, but I steer clear of PTS because I'm afraid I'll get myself banned.
Well this is definitely a reason why people don't go to PTS. But isn't this a preconceived notion? I would think that one could get banned just as
easily on ATS or, for that matter, BTS. There are certain guidelines that must be followed.
But one thing that has NOT been addressed are suggestions as to what can be done to help PTS going -- really going.
Again, I suggested incentives; increased points for starting and responding to threads (at least for a brief defined time period)
Promotion of PTS on ATS and BTS -- just to remind people that there is another place to go.
And more importantly -- perhaps the most important suggestion of all -- mods will have to be more proactive and move political threads that they find
on ATS and BTS to Political Top Secret.
But, and I again address everyone to respond to this point, what concrete actions would you suggest to make PTS more accessible, less intimidating and
a destination in itself.?
Incidentally, the reason that I even started this thread is because one of my threads was moved from ATS to PTS. When this happened, all I could do
was groan because I knew that by being on PTS, my thread would not be viewed or garner responses. And you know what, it didn't. So I started to
look at PTS and I realized that people do have a lot of misconceptions about PTS. For the most part PTS is viewed as a sort of ATSNN where more
scholarship is demanded. They couldn't be further from the truth.
PTS is about news, sure. But PTS is also about opinion just like ATS and BTS. And just like ATS/BTS, Political Top Secret is about defending your
opinion or, simply discussing those opinions -- respectfully.
If I said, for example, that I supported GW BUSH and his war in Iraq, it's my opinion. I would suggest people to respond to this with their own
opinions. I would expect people to ask me questions and to challenge my views and thought process'. That's it! How hard can that be? We all do
it all the time on ATS and BTS.
I think our counselors are doing a fine job. PTS forums have been revamped and made to be more accessible but, perhaps, there is still more work to