I felt since I am fast closing on the three year anniversary of tenure here on ATS, as well as a few months ago ATS Administration designated I am the
Blackwater Expert, it may be a good time to re-introduce who I am as well as simultaneously welcoming all the new members who seem to be coming in
faster and faster by the day and I've noticed a lot of newer member stumbling and as I remember being new here, it can be frustrating not knowing
your way around and from the perspective of a veteran member as well as other senior members (as in length of tenure, not the Denny's senior
discount)I would love to give a few helpful hints and offer an open hand in extension of friendship.
While ATS Administration has varied views and has the open-mindedness to have a great website such as AboveTopSecret, or as us veterans here call it,
ATS, I've never seen a fairer group of people who made a website when it comes to the Three Amigos, SkepticOverlord, Springer, and SimonGray.
There are Terms and Conditions :
Terms and Conditions of Use : A Word or Two From SimonGray
A Request For Civility and Decorum :
NEW : Civitlity and Decorum : A Word or Two From SkepticOverlord
And A Request For Your Input :
We Need Your Input : A Word or Two From Springer
From all three of this fine websites owners, since it is in all of our best interest to help keep things flowing smoothly, this would make things less
difficult for the Three Amigos, and help give them time to add other excellent content to this rocking website.
A few helpful hints for the new members on ATS :
1) When first posting about a topic, consider which Forum topic it fits under the best, or it might need to be moved by the Super-Moderators and
Moderators, and while they do this gratis with no expectation of reward, if you post it in the correct location, this will make their job within ATS
2) When you post do not forget that you can do research ahead of time to add to your content, as well as helping you to bring your point across to
other members in a better and more informed manner, which adds to the overall content as well as it gains you respect through other members taking
what you have to say as like you care about the topic you are posting on.
3) If you get lost along the way, ask a member who has been around the boards for a while, as most people here understand what it means to be new, and
they know where to direct or even re-direct you, and sometimes you gain a friend through this interaction as well as opening dialogue where none may
have existed before.
4) If you disagree with another member, remember we are all here to "Deny Ignorance", so try to remember agreeing to disagree
might be the
best option, rather than fighting over the differences of opinon. This is difficult to do sometimes, as any member can tell you, I still struggle from
it from time to time myself.
5) Remember when you post, your title as well as the particular forum area you post it in, will set the content, bring across your intent, and will
drive the basic discussion you are trying to bring about by posting on ATS. Pick your title and forum area well, it will gain both what you want to
say, as well as who you are recognized, and there are even rewards to this in the form of points, other members flagging your thread, adding a star to
your post within the thread, and even the reward of continued particpation by all people interested in what you have to say.
6) If you make a mistake do not panic, you can go back in and edit the thread and or post, for a short period of time after originally contributing.
This makes typos non-existent if your quick enough and sometime because of the wrap-around feature, editing makes your post look cleaner and
7) If you have Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, or some other program to type within, outside of ATS, type up your post there first, save it, then post
it, this will help keep a glitch from losing everything you felt was important to share with all of ATS, as well as some of those programs have
spellcheck and dictionary assistance, which will help make your contribution come across better through its content.
8) Don't forget to use the resources within ATS, like as an example, our own Wikipedia, which is called
, where other contributors like myself have added to the content and you can draw from all of
ATS'ers experience and knowledge.
While on your adventure of all things Conspiracy, U.F.O., or Alternative Topic, remember that the more you add to ATS, the more you can "Deny
and have a lot of fun in the process.
Here are a few of the threads I've created with helping out the content of this website, as well as having new members in mind when I created them
Going To Your Public Library, Gathering Open Source Intelligence, and Surviving
This first one might help you survive both in real life, as well as your time on ATS.
The World-Wide Web of Surveillance of Your Online/Offline Activities
Everything you do online, as well as offline is literally watched by everyone now, why not know more about?
Google US Government At Your Service And Other Interesting Website Search
This one will tell you a few interesting search engines to get information to contribute more interesting content.
Remember, while on ATS, try to have fun.
[edit on 17-8-2008 by SpartanKingLeonidas]