Our staff has been seeing an increasing number of news submissions that, for a wide variety of reasons, simply don't belong in our
Breaking Alternative News Forum
. The news forum is intended as a place to submit late-braking
current events that fit within the mix of topics discussed within the forums on ATS.
As a result of what appears to be some confusion, the news submission form
undergone some slight modifications. Here are the important changes and/or additions below...
The new top-of-page text
IMPORTANT: Off-topic submissions that do not relate to the "alternative topics" of ATS, are more than 36 hours old at the time of submission, or
cover news stories already submitted to the news forum, are subject to immediate removal without warning or explanation.
The time-frame for news submissions has changed from 48 hours to 36 hours. The date of your submitted story must less than 36 hours old at the time of
submission. If it's older than that, please use the appropriate ATS forum to open a discussion on your found topic.
Also, we'll no longer be closing duplicate submissions with a redirect. Submissions of news stories that already exist in the news forum will simply
be trashed... most likely without warning.
Revised Breaking News text at bottom
This form is for the submission of breaking news articles that are no older than 36 hours.
Another reminder of the time window for submissions.
Revised Immediate Posting text at bottom
News submissions are now immediately added to the board for discussions. Please make sure your submission is unique, and check the board to ensure
the story you plan to submit is not already discussed. Submissions of news that already exists in our news forum are subject to immediate removal
without warning or explanation..
Another reminder not to submit stories that are already in the news forum.
Revised Headline text at bottom
You must use the original story headline from your source. If the headline is biased or otherwise inapporpriate, explain why you think it is so in
your submission comments.
This reminder has been modified to reinforce the need to keep the submission headline exactly the same as the news story headline, but also now
encourages you to explain why you may feel the headline is biased. We've had some members thinking they were doing the right thing by modifying what
appeared to be a biased headline... this now clarifies what to do when you disagree with the source headline wording.
New Sources text at bottom
Any source of timely information in the "alternative topics" arena is a valid web site to be used as your source, as long as it is the
originator of the story. Source web sites that quote other sites as the source of the story are not allowed, and may result in the immediate removal
of your submission without warning or explanation. Also, if your submission is of a political nature, only mainstream news sources are allowed. Do not
use blogs or "rumor mill" web sites as your source for political news.
This provides some much-needed clarification of what kinds of sources are allowed. Essentially any mainstream news web is a valid submission source.
If you source a web site outside the "mainstream," it must be the original source -- the creator -- of the story you're submitting.
Also, due to problems in the past, only mainstream sources are allowed for politically-slanted news submitted to Breaking Alternative News... blogs
and rumor sites have proven to be way too biased or full of outright lies.
For purely political news, we're no longer using the news submission form, simply create a new thread in the
Breaking Political News
And to clarify... these submission rules and guidelines only apply
to the Breaking Alternative
Thanks in advance for your cooperation and assistance in improving the focus of this very-active and important forum on ATS.
[edit on 21-4-2009 by SkepticOverlord]