Remember, it’s a user generated website. Ultimately, the members pick what’s “hot”. I might read something and wonder why it’s not getting
more exposure, whereas you may read it and think it’s not important.
I assure you that not many threads go unnoticed. Unless you factor in time zones or something. I mean, you have the recent posts page (which is
actually a couple pages), subject specific forums, threads by friends, hot new topics, etc…
I put threads in my signature sometimes, and I have a few friends who U2U me when they contribute something new, but in those cases they are usually
the members who end up on the front page anyway.
If you want to put a thread (whether it is yours or someone else’s) on the front page, in the spotlight or whatever… Flag them, star them, and
facilitate healthy discussion. Contribute. (Not saying you don’t, just in general).
Or you can monitor seismographs and news feeds to be the first with a breaking story. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but a lot of the
hot, front page topics are from astute members who catch something quick.
Or try your hand at crafting an original thread, one with your own ideas, multiple sources, etc…it’s a hard, long process but rewarding in its own
right. Even if you don’t get on the front page, it's a lot of fun and rewarding, as I’m sure others can attest to. I spent days on a post in the
seldom visited research forum. That was one of the coolest things I’ve done in my time on ATS. Did I get 10000 flags and front page status? No, but
I honestly contributed.
Personally, I’d much rather 7 or 8 replies of good natured, thorough discussion rather than 675 pages of bickering, “LOL’s”, “I agree”,
trolling and name calling.
edit on 4/12/2011 by Juston because: clarity