This morning, I came across a thread that struck me as weird, but, interesting. It was a thread on how that maybe trees have a bit more cognizance
that we give them credit for. I can dig that, so, I read on. It was definately weird. The post was badly written and the content was disjointed and
almost rambling. (never seen THAT on ATS!
But, it happens all the time on ATS. Usually, some good replies and thought-provoking questions clear up the confusion created with the Opening post
and some intellegent content may just surface and become a great thread.
Posters will take the thread and make it garbage. They will go nuts with off-topic or degrading posts. Driving the original topic into obscurity by
enticing other like-minded members with the go-ahead for more distraction.
I am going to try very hard not to react like I did this morning. With anger. I went off on a couple of posters who felt the thread was theirs for the
mocking. I was wrong by doing that because I pulled the thread even more off-topic by doing so and I'm kicking myself for it now. That's why I'm
starting this thread.
I come to ATS to learn. Everyday is a learning experience at ATS. Very much like any school, the bullies and class clowns are disruptive, but,
concentrating and focussing can tune them out. I, in my years at ATS, have almost succeeded at always tuning them out. But, the new members usually
have NO idea what they've gotten themselves into when registering. Many find ATS and think "THIS is where people might have answers!" and register
and make that opening post only to find that they are mocked and called drug addicts and that they should be institutioinalized.
It's wrong of us to do that. It's counter-productive of us to do that. It's also against the Terms and Conditions to do that.
A long time ago, Springer wrote something that made a LOT of sense. He said "Give a troll or hoaxer enough rope and they will hang themselves with
it." I subscribe to that idea. Give the poster all the room he needs to get it all out there on the table. Then, debate the content, not the
This has been said over and over and over on ATS.
"Attack the post, not the poster!"
"If you can't advance the thread, move on"
"Courtesy is Mandatory"
"Stay on Topic"
How about this?
"Post with Class"
Hey, that's a new one....to some of you. I've been doing my very best to Post with Class since I've come to ATS. Every once in a while, I fail to
do so, just like everyone else, but, the way I do it is I ask MYSELF "Can I add to this thread?" By adding to the thread, I mean "Can I make this
thread more productive?" "Can I offer any evidence or documentation to support or oppose the topic?" "Is what I have to say relevant
core of the topic?"
If the answer is "No" at any point in this process, I don't reply. I wait for either MORE information in the thread to appear, or, I decide that I
can do more research outside ATS to support my viewpoint INSIDE ATS. Then, armed with more data and info, I go ahead and post.
One hundred PLUS times a day, I read a thread and think to myself "WOW, this guy is WAY out there". Honestly, I UNDERSTAND the thoughts that some
In my opinion,
"Class in Posting" is setting aside those negative shots and thoughts and not typing them.
"Class in Posting" is taking the personal responsability to suppress the urge to mock or derail a thread.
"Class in Posting" is making the most, not the least, of your privledges here at ATS.
"Class in Posting" Is always making your post positive in nature, whether for or against any given topic.
"Class in Posting" is writing NOTHING you wouldn't say to your Mom, Dad or personal Hero.
"Class in Posting" is the active rememberance that your opponent is a person, not an avatar.
"Class in Posting" is realising that what you are about to post, isn't as funny as it is in your head.
My opinion. All of it.
My reason, again, for writing up this Topic, is the fact that I let myself be less
classy this morning and I think I owe ATS some Karma, or
penence for that matter. I don't do that often at all, but, if it has happened, it's because I do care about post quality in ATS. I care about what
I read. And, I feel it HAS to matter, what I post
. This isn't MySpace or Facebook. ATS is not just a "Comments/Shout Out box to post folly
in. We have BTS for that. ATS has
to be of a higher standard of posting quality. The subject matter we address on ATS is not going to be taken
seriously at all if our content is lowbrow or borderline ridiculous and some of the odd opening post's only become borderline ridiculous when someone
points out that they feel it is so. To the original poster, it's not ridiculous at all. EVEN if it's an attempted hoaxer or troll, the topic is
their creation and they should be confronted with the facts or data concerning the topic. Ridicule is the weakest argument presentable and the
hoaxer/trolls roll in it like pigs in the mud. They feed off ridicule. How does it go? "Don't feed the Trolls"?
Don't feed the trolls.
Now, who thinks they have contributed to "Class in Posting"? Do you support what I've said? It's all been very positive in nature. I think there
are many, many members who understand exactly what I'm saying and do their very best (and succeed!) to promote "Class in Posting", but, what I want
to know, is if you recognize in YOURSELF the lack
of "Class" in your
posting history. AND are you willing to change it.
This isn't about how someone else posts. This is about how you really feel about your ability to Post with Class.
It doesn't have to
be by my standards at all. I've just listed them to express a point. Those are the criteria that I think expresses class. You are, by no means,
obligated to follow my path. But, I would love to hear I'm on the right path. I'd love to think that you are to.
Again, sorry 'bout this morning.