Alright, it's summer. Which means more traffic, more news and ofcourse, more newbs. Now we at ATS have a long standing reputation of being civil
and attempting to behave ourselves and treat others in the way we would like for people to behave and be treated.
That being said, I see alot of new members, perhaps feeling targeted or insulted by some of the older member's posts and comments about their
behaviour or the information they are putting forth.
So this thread is meant to shed some light on how to read between the lines and take the higher ground when somebody does over step their
We love nothing better than to lend a hand to our new members. Our introduction forum is the best place to ask simple questions about ATS as well as
get pointed in the right direction in regards to your favorite topics.
But we also love to get to know our new members, after all, we are a friendship oriented community.
Do Your Research--Know Your Fellow Members
This is a simple enough concept. To new members it might be a little difficult to do that ofcourse but, this is the reason we have profiles. Member
profiles are an awesome way to get information about a particular member's views and opinions on certain subjects.
You can visit anybody's profile by clicking on their name or using the member search function. And leave a message to the ones you like or admire,
they will appreciate it.
Take The Entire Threat Into Consideration Before Posting A Reply
I know we all dread reading 20 pages of a very heated discussion ,but the further a discussion gets, the more reasons people have to reply the way
they do. Don't expect a member to be nice if they've answered the same question 12 times in previous pages. It's our responsibility to read the
information at hand.
Threads of large sizes may contain multiple topics. We try to stay on topic but sometimes segways will emerge when information is presented in
relation to the topic at hand.
It is important to note that alot of the most popular threads will be sensitive topics. Sometimes our emotions and beliefs can get the best of us,
and we all have the right to our mistakes.
Take The High Road
Feel targeted? Member overstepped their boundries? Been called you out perhaps a bit too harshly?
It will happen, I promise you. Probably within the first day. Remember your alert button, this is why we have a very fine set of mods and staff on
ATS. To make sure that people act with integrity and respect for each other.
It's ok to post a response to an attack, however injecting an attack within the response will only start a vicious cycle of "mine is bigger than
yours" scenarios. And this encourages other members to behave this way.
Now let's not abuse this feature either. Alerting the mods for trivial things like "he called me ignorant", is a waste of such a feature. There
is a very big gap between attacks and difference of opinion.
Rise Of The ATS Invertebrate
The internet is an amazing place to discuss topics. However we loose out on things like body language, eye contact as well as pronounciation and
inflexion. It's important to remember that members may type something that seems like an insult, but really it's a simple language barrier.
We are not all English on ATS. It's a global community. Yes we expect our members to converse in English simply because it is the general language
used, however we cannot expect them to have a 100% grasp of writting it.
This goes back to knowing your members.
If You Get Worked Up--Take A Break
There are some threads which will ALWAYS start off really good, but end up being 3 or 4 members arguing and bashing each other's point of view. If
you are caught in such a situation, then take a break. There is no shame in refusing to feed circular debate.
I've had to take my leave on many threads that I have been pationate about, simply because I had made my point and arguing it would ammount to
nothing more than a warning from the mods for loosing my temper.
Don't Open A Can Of Worms
I will use our Conspiracy In Religion forum for this example. Don't post if you have nothing to add. I use this specific forum as a example because
alot of the time we see a religious based thread going wonderfully, and somebody all of the suddenly posts:
"You guys are stupid, God doesn't exist and here's why!"
This WILL cause conflict with alteast one other member, completely ruining the thread and extending it faster than it should. You don't agree with
the evidence presented in a thread, do some research, form an opinion and then present it in your own thread.
Arbitrarily dismissing members thoughts and opinions based on your own only serves to alienate us away from good, contributing conversation that
arises when we place respect and quality of information above all else.
Don't Feed The Trolls
Well this one is pretty obvious, we get trollers all too often I am afraid and sometimes their outlandish and baseless stories actually become
popular. The only reason they do is members end up arguing over whether or not the OP is telling the truth and why.
This is not a productive way of doing things, these people only want attention, and giving it to them is denying our moto.
Now there is a difference between trollers and people who have had a personal experience in relation to a certain topic. The My Story of the Aliens
section or the prophecies and predictions forum is a good example.
Reach Out To Fellow Members
Dont' be afraid to ask for help, no question is stupid. Every ATS member who contributes on a regular basis want all the members to be as informed
as they are. We are all willing to help, and will do so gladly.
It's better to ask and be told the answer by a specific trusted memberthan to open a thread and have a mod remove it or give you a warning for
something you may not have known.
We can only help those who ask for it, so please do not be shy.
Well that's my little piece of help for our new members this summer and perhaps it will help some more established members remember where they sit in
such a vast community of ideals and beliefs.
Please contribute anything you think is important to this. I would greatly appreciate it