posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 05:39 PM
I don't think people actually pay as much attention to points as you would think. Obviously, they are partly a measure of how long you've been
active at ATS, and partly a measure of how dedicated you are to the forum. By this I mean, when I see someone has a lot of points, I can be pretty
confident that they won't post a thread and just disappear, which sometimes happens with newcomers.
I've spent points to buy upload space, and to change the colors in my "mini-profile". The upload space I consider important, the colors are just
As others have said, what matters is quality of posting, not points. If you don't start a lot of threads, building up points may be slow. But if you
respond thoughtfully to a lot of threads, other people in the forums you frequent will start to recognize you and give you just as much "respect" as
someone with lots of points.
By respect I mean things like making sure to read all your posts when they see them in "recent posts", or putting thought into a response whether
they're agreeing or disagreeing with you.
As for spelling and grammar, I'll say two things. One is that I have seldom seen people make fun of or pick on a post with really good content but
poor spelling and grammar. The exception is when someone disagrees but has nothing to back up their opinion. I think people on ATS are mostly aware
that not everyone here speaks English as a first language, and that people have different levels of eloquence.
But, if a post is clearly written very quickly, with little thought put to content, argument structure, or grammar and spelling, people often call out
the poster on the grammar. Maybe this isn't fair, but it is frustrating to try to have a civil, thoughtful, discussion about an issue only to be
interrupted by long-winded, poorly written, illogical rants.
What it all comes down to is: post thoughtfully and you will build points in time. Post thoughtfully and most people will be forgiving of minor
grammatical and spelling errors. If you find you urgently need points, write a good TinWiki article or sign up for Twitter. And if someone attacks a
well-thought-out post you've written because of your spelling, be comforted that it probably is a sign that your argument is solid.