Some of you have already observed that I've recently started posting notices like these in certain threads:
Originally posted by Majic
This thread has been selected as an AbovePolitics.com Featured Topic.
Applause worth 1500 PTS Points has been awarded for the original post.
This is an experimental program I'm trying out, and despite some concerns, I think the initial response is encouraging.
Because there have
been some concerns, I want to explain what I'm doing and hopefully alleviate them.
What Being Chosen As An AbovePolitics.com Featured Topic Means
I choose which topics will be featured on the AP front page
, and I choose them based purely on my own opinion
of what a good topic to feature is.
That's really all there is to it.
I don't choose topics because I necessarily agree with them or have an agenda to push -- other than my oft-stated agenda of promoting candid, civil
and lively political discussion on AP, of course.
The original post of a featured thread may be excellent on its own merits or it may not be all that great on its own. The topic may be of lasting
significance or it may just be something I think my fellow members might find interesting -- or even amusing.
The topic itself may not even be what grabbed my attention, but the way the discussion has gone.
In all cases, the idea is to reward the member who made that first post for being the one who got things rolling. It's just another way to encourage
folks to start good threads and bring up issues I find interesting and hope you will too.
Since I do want to keep things moving (and hand out plenty of points in the process), I may feature a given topic for only a short time and move on
quickly to other topics.
The length of time a topic featured can easily depend on nothing more deliberate than when I'm able to log in or not, so please don't take it
personally if your topic is featured for a short time while others might grace the front page for weeks. It's a rather casual, eclectic sort of
And hopefully the Amigos won't mind that I may tend to cheat a little and feature more than one topic at a time.
While I'm On The Subject
is still very much a work in progress, and still has much to do to distinguish itself from
the main ATS discussion board.
As things stand, there's still a lot
more political discussion on ATS than on AP, and I'm sure it will be that way for a while, since
there's still a lot of political inertia on ATS.
Over time, however, my strategy is to continue to try new ways of attracting political discussion to AP and make it worth your while -- perhaps with a
little helpful push now and then from the ATS side of things as well.
Ultimately, whether on ATS or AP, the goal is the same: to give you, the members, what you want.
Since member opinions vary widely, that can be a tall order, but overall, I think we're moving in the right direction.
And if you think we aren't, we do appreciate it when you let us know.