I am very pleased to (finally!) introduce the new Forum Subject Matter Experts (FSMEs) for
The FSME program was started on ATS to recognize members with exceptional knowledge in fields related to specific forums, and give them a role in the
operation and management of those forums.
On PTS, I've taken that concept and tinkered with it somewhat. Because PTS is a political discussion forum, I have selected the PTS FSMEs for a
similar but nonetheless different role.
After all, in politics everyone's
So rather than be “know-it-alls” for a given area of politics, I want PTS FSMEs to become experts on discussing
the topics their forums are
I also think of them as the “owners” of their forums, and look to them for ideas and initiatives which will make their forums more appealing to
members and stimulate a high quality of discussion of the subjects their forums address.
Tools Of The Trade
To this end, PTS FSMEs can perform certain administrative tasks in their forums, give warnings for minor infractions such as one-line, copy/paste or
big-quote posts, post and top (“sticky”) announcements and -- best of all -- award applause worth 1500 PTS Points to deserving posts.
Additionally, PTS FSMEs are given access to a private forum where I and other staff members can consult with them on various matters related to the
planning and operation of PTS.
As with all staff positions, the goal of PTS FSMEs is to provide you
the best environment for discussion possible. So please don't hesitate to
share your opinions and suggestions with your FSME.
We want you to be happy with our forums.
And now, without further ado, here they are!
PTS: FSME Assignments
Total PTS Forums: 25
Total FSMEs: 18
Breaking Political News: DontTreadOnMe
Canadian Politics: Duzey
Candidate Advocacy: Off_The_Street
Energy & Science Issues: Sauron
General Ideological Topics: 12m8keall2c
Medical Issues: Djarums
Middle-East Conflict: intrepid
Military & Security Issues: kinglizard
Moderate: Mirthful Me
Other Global Politics: subz
Political Figures: Relentless
Politics of War: Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Religion in Government Issues:
Social Issues: GradyPhilpott
U.K. Politics: sminkeypinkey
U.S. Politics: The Vagabond
To say I am thrilled to have such an all-star team for PTS would be a gross understatement. Each FSME is a member I hold in high regard, and whom are
well-recognized within the ATS community.
When considering prospective candidates, I did not extend an offer to anyone
I didn't think would do an excellent job, and I have utmost
confidence that these members will take very good care of PTS.
I am also very happy that some of my fellow mods have chosen to help out as FSMEs. Having worked closely with them, seen how they behave “under
fire” and knowing how hard they already work, I am especially humbled by their willingness to take on these extra duties.
Answering The Call
As you can see, not all FSME positions have been filled. I am still considering candidates for the remaining forums, and will likely fill most of them
Also, I took Slug-Fest for myself because I want to experiment with it as an ad hoc debate forum (or “Fight Club”, if you will).
Of course, there's plenty more to come in the months ahead -- especially with all the new ideas and initiatives we'll be seeing from the new PTS
Please join me in extending them a warm welcome.
[edit on 7/21/2006 by Majic]