Politics In All Things
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
So I guess the "new posts" button over at PTS wasn't enough? Now "New Posts" at ATS is displaying all of PTS new posts as well?
You say this like it's a bad
Of course, the reason for this change is evil and sinister -- and there's got
to be a conspiracy!
Yes, if you want, you can look at this as "PTS shoved down your throat" and a "dirty trick" from that slippery little snake oil salesman Majic.
OR -- and this is the way *I* look at it -- you can see this as an effort to help members get used to the fact that PTS isn't some distant political
gulag where threads are sent to die.
I know, I know, you're going to call "spin!", but bear with me if you will.
In the past, when we've moved politically-oriented threads from ATS to PTS, it *has* been a death sentence for them. We have received complaints from
members about this for so long it's an institutional joke.
"Oh, you moved my thread to PTS? Why didn't you just do the compassionate
thing and trash it?"
The problem has been that most members follow the hot threads, use the "newPosts" feature to do it, and do this on ATS -- which is our flagship
website and the hub of our community, as well it should be.
Thus when a a thread was moved to PTS, it "dropped off the radar screen" and died.
We are now in the process of moving politics off ATS and putting it where it belongs: on PTS.
And we're not kidding around. Many more threads will be moved, and -- if we aren't sensitive to the needs of the members -- there will be much
wailing and gnashing of teeth.
So rather than make members feel punished when a thread gets moved, we want them to feel encouraged to continue discussion on PTS with NO stigma and
NO negative effects.
members to discuss politics -- on PTS -- and we want to stop persecuting people simply because they feel passionate about a political
Personally, I'm surprised we let this go on as long as we did.
PTS is a response to the needs of our members!
Come Together Over Me
I know you're not thrilled about this change, and I understand your irritation more than you may know.
However, this is an important step for both
ATS and PTS. Bringing them closer together in this way will make separating politics from
conspiracies a less traumatic process, and -- I firmly believe this -- help both
ATS and PTS.
That's the pitch I made to the Amigos, and they're giving it a shot. I ask that you give it a shot, too.
Let's try it. If we decide we hate it, we'll switch back.
How will we know? I'll ask you with a poll.
of member polls are on the PTS agenda.
And after all, board politics are politics too.
[edit on 7/16/2006 by Majic]