posted on Apr, 12 2009 @ 01:24 PM
As I look through the forums, I've been seeing what has been a significant rise in simplistic one-line, atta-boy, what-he-said, and other
very-minimal contributions as replies.
Since our previous efforts to remind members that that type of posting activity simply isn't
wanted on ATS
, we've taken steps to be a bit more proactive.
The quantity of minimal contributions has greatly exceeded what we can ask of our volunteer staff. Almost all current threads have posts that are
very-nearly pointless contributions.
As a result, new code has been initiated in the Reply form that enforces an arbitrary minimum character count for all posts to ATS and BTS. The POST
REPLY button will be disabled until the minimum character count is satisfied... once satisfied, you'll be able to post your reply.
This new system isn't perfect, but it is intended to serve as a more proactive "as you post" reminder that we prefer all contributions to be
well-thought-out additions to the conversation. Post quality trumps post quantity in all regards.
Thanks in advance for understanding and doing your part to ensure each post matters on ATS.
edit to add:
Any member who inserts arbitrary characters or pointless thoughts simply to satisfy what are very small minimum character counts will be subject to
warnings, post-removal, or worse.
[edit on 12-4-2009 by SkepticOverlord]