Originally posted by justadood
Wow. So you admit you raced to start a thread (for stars and flags??) instead of taking a bit of time to fact-check it first?
noted and ignored.
Well, there are a number of factors involved when it comes to getting "breaking news" to ATS.
One factor is that ATS does urge people to actually run an ATS Search so to find out if someone else hasn't posted it first...In the rush to perform
a Search, it's possible that a poster doesn't think of similar search-terms to what might actually be in an existing post.
Another factor is put out by the ATS Breaking News policies: If it's older than a certain period of time, then it can't go into the Breaking News
category. This is reasonable, because I think the time limit is 72 hours (correct me if I'm wrong, because I don't remember the exact time limit
right now). Even though there are other
topics which are available to post "old news," the natural human
tendency would be to get the
news posted as quickly as possible.
Another factor is that, even after
the news source is posted on ATS, it is quite reasonable to expect that the original news posted
becomes obsolete even as more followup information is discovered & older info is being discussed in a thread here. Therefore, it is not really
reasonable to tell the OP that he/she has been consistently "changing his mind" about the news-source...Because the original
will change in & of themselves as they
continue with the followup too. It's a primary maxim that the first headline/story to get out is
going to be the end of the story itself. So, there will be additional news sources coming available as other Media latch onto the story &
get their own investigators/writers on it. Of course, when multiple news sources are vying for the same basic story, even their information and/or
writing styles/bias is going to be different.
Trying to condemn an OP with "changing" everything due to any one reason or another, even when he/she is keeping up with the followup is not a very
fair attitude to present. Let's try to keep a little bit of reasonable logic, even if the subject matter itself invites emotional responses...
[edit on 25-7-2010 by MidnightDStroyer]