EDIT: Note that the PTS board no longer exists but the customization feature still works.
It's become plainly obvious to me over the last couple of days that many people do not understand the customization features available on ATS.
It's also obvious that some think our sister boards belowtopsecret.com and abovepolitics.com are some kind of Siberian wastelands difficult to access
or keep track of.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
There only exists the minor inconvenience of having to log into all three sites (using the same username and password for all The Above Network
domains) to fully enjoy them.
Let me demonstrate.
I have prepared this little visual tutorial to help people understand. I apologise in advance if it seems pedantic to some or if I come across as
condescending but sometimes you really have to "spell it out" for everyone to grasp it.
The first thing you need to do is take some time to visit all three board homepages and select the forums you want to keep track of (for example
Breaking General News on BTS - make sure you are logged in).
Click on the forum name:
Then click on the "favourite" button:
Repeat these steps for all the forums that you want to keep track of from any of the three boards
Of course, if you do something stupid like select all 120+ forums on ATS/BTS/AP then you will slow everything down to a crawl and have way too much to
follow. Select only what you need and can handle and try not to tax the ATS servers too much.
Once you've selected all the forums you like (for example all three breaking news forums) click on the myATS button from anywhere
on the three
This takes you to a page where your favourite forums are listed with the most recent activity (as well as a list of your subscribed threads to the
right of the page).
It looks something like this:
Now that you have all your favourite forums selected go to the Recent Posts page from within ATS:
Notice that you can visit BTS and AP from this board, but also notice the red “customize” on the top right of the forum list.
Click on it.
This takes you to a page within your member centre where the magic happens.
By selecting the option you prefer you can customize your experience on ATS/BTS/AP to your heart’s content. You get the most customization if you
select the myATS option since only
specify will be selected.
Now, again from within ATS click on the Recent Posts page:
Forums you care about FROM ALL THREE BOARDS on the same page!!!
You only have to do this once! Just remember that you can always add or delete any forums from the list
by clicking the "favorite" or
"un-favorite" button at the top of each forum list.
Of course in order to enjoy the experience fully (i.e. to post in threads on BTS or AP, see avatars, less advertising etc.) you need to be logged in
on all three boards. If you forget and are only logged in on ATS you can still see and read the threads from the other two boards like any visitor
It’s a minor inconvenience to have access to over 120 forums of fun, Fun, FUN!
Edit: Images fixed, click on them for full size.
Edit: It should be noted as well that this process can be used to exclude forums that aren't desired on the Recent Posts page. You may have to add
the majority of forums but it is a one time inconvenience.
[edit on 2/14/2008 by Gools]
[edit on 2/16/2008 by Gools]
EDIT: AP has been disbanded.
[edit on 13-6-2008 by DontTreadOnMe]
[edit on 12 Jan 09 by Gools]
[edit on Wed, 10 Feb 2010 18:20:16 -0600 by MemoryShock]