reply to post by JohnPhoenix
While I am sure you had good intentions in mind by posting these tips I feel I need to interject with a few points you made in your OP.
Try to make the subject of your post controversial enough for many different groups to discuss and enjoy without being rude or downright ugly.
This being said, often times the threads that promote heated debate will last longer than regular threads.
That isn't the point of making a thread on ATS (and shouldn't be the point of writing anything for that matter). You don't need to make a thread or
post on ATS simply to get attention and generate controversy. There is enough of that as it is already. If you are purposely skewing your threads
thesis to make it "controversial" in an attempt to generate massive discussions, stars, flags, replies, etc then you are not only cheating yourself,
but everyone else who is on ATS to learn and deny ignorance, NOT to make and partake in controversial, catchy, and attention getting threads like it
is a game who can make the thread with the most stars, flags, and replies.
You should make threads/posts out of a desire to teach, learn, share---NOT for other self-serving reasons such as making sure your thread is a top
People post so often on ATS they don't always think to go back and check all the threads they posted on to see if anyone replied to their
post. After you post your replies send the person you replied to a short U2U reminding them you replied to their post. When they log on they will see
the U2U and more likely than not, go to your post and reply back to you.
That is also improper etiquette in my opinion. Of course there is nothing wrong with letting a few friends or people you know are interested in what
you wrote know about your thread, but to continuously and purposefully "plan" a conversation in your thread just for the purpose of generating
traffic in your thread is not right in my humble opinion. When a member replies to a thread of yours they automatically subscribe to it and can see
who the last poster to reply was, so there is no need to go the extra steps in an attempt to bump your own thread.
Besides that, if your thread is well organized, researched, and thought out then you won't need to worry about any of this---trust me.
Lastly, always remind people in your original post to Star and Flag if they enjoyed your post. Giving people Stars and Flags for their post and
threads will help the threads stay active and they are great attention getters.
Yea, this is a BIG 'no-no' for a lot of people. To ask for flags and stars is definitely improper etiquette and quite frankly somewhat self serving,
childish, and egotistical. Personally when I see a poster ask for them, I give them neither in most cases. Again, if your thread is well meaning,
researched, presented, etc then you will have no problem getting stars, flags, and applause.
Just remember that it isn't about YOU, it is about ALL of US
. ATS is not a popularity contest and making threads is not some game about who
can make the most threads with the most stars, flags, attention, etc, etc. I am not trying to come off as rude, so sorry if I did, but I think it is
important for members, especially new ones like yourself, to understand these very important aspects about the very foundation of our site, the
user generated content
and making it live up to "denying ignorance."