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What is the significance - if any - between member status of "member" and "Member"

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posted on May, 22 2011 @ 11:16 PM
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Originally posted by ldyserenity
Hmmm, I have no idea if I was "member" or "Member" because I went to "writer" so quick...oops I mean "Writer" I don't think there's a distinction in "Writers" anyway?


I've been wondering about those titles.

Why.how were you made a 'writer'? I'm assuming it is some honor bestowed upon you by the ATSPTB.

I suspect the lower case and upper case M may be a signal for the mods.




posted on May, 23 2011 @ 12:23 AM
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Originally posted by incrediblelousminds

Originally posted by ldyserenity
Hmmm, I have no idea if I was "member" or "Member" because I went to "writer" so quick...oops I mean "Writer" I don't think there's a distinction in "Writers" anyway?


I've been wondering about those titles.

Why.how were you made a 'writer'? I'm assuming it is some honor bestowed upon you by the ATSPTB.

I suspect the lower case and upper case M may be a signal for the mods.


maybe the lower m is actually a signal that one day as old mods die off... the lower m's become the replacements



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 12:32 AM
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Bow down fellow subjects to we who possess the larger letter "M", which is by no means a "code" for master writer, mason pal, moronic troll, etc. Behold "pikypiky" is a Member of the almighty ATS and should in no way, shape or form mean anything significant (as in preferential treatment whatsoever).



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 12:36 AM
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How funny! You know I used to run a forum. And I used to have "member" vs "members". Top secret differnentiation that they were not aware of.
It was a way of marking newer members.
And what they could do and see on my site was slightly more limited. Once a "members", was found to be trustworthy and not a bot or troll, they graduated to member.

Obviously there are 2 separate groups here. (And even more hidden ones.) So what are the differences?
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posted on May, 23 2011 @ 03:23 AM
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My guess is it has to do with forum ranking. I have a gentle hint on the top of my reply screen to be an example as an experienced contributor.


Anyway to confirm this?
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posted on May, 23 2011 @ 03:28 AM
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i have the same hint.

you seem more experienced than me..



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 04:06 AM
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I have heard that it is to do with whether you've been previously banned or warned. If you get banned and reinstated, or post banned, or receive a final warning, then the ''M'' drops to lower case.

I'm not sure whether that's true or not, but I did read that explanation on another thread. If so, then it's ''naming and shaming'' people in a subtle and stealthy manner, and a bit more discreet than the old red ''warn'' tags.



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 04:23 AM
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yeah that one i noticed.

ats ego boost, and a strong indicator that the staff are getting their hands full


 
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posted on May, 23 2011 @ 07:39 AM
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ok - in no particular orde :

"the4" was something to do with a competition .

the distinction between ` member ` and ` Member` is so secret that any one who knows is excetuted by ats death squads - PS there are both ` ats ` & ` ATS` deathsquads - infact 2 are currently fighting in the street outside my house for the honour of executing me - or at leat attempting to

if i told you any more - i would be foced to comit Ritual Suicide - or is that ritual suicide ?

have a crappy day



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 08:00 AM
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Some of you have been marked, and some Haven't.




posted on May, 23 2011 @ 08:09 AM
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that's an interesting possibility.

i was 'accidentally' post-banned for a moment a while back. no explanation was given except 'whoops'.



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 08:15 AM
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I think it's a title thing

If you get writer, fighter or scholar it changes to those.

Right now you are just a member.
If you participate in debates, the writing forum or research forum you get the new titles below your name instead of member.
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posted on May, 23 2011 @ 08:56 AM
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Ya know what I find interesting? The fact that any other B&Q thread has a moderator post within the first few posts.
This thread is on page 2 and it is 12 hours old as of now and not a single mod reply. I don't think there is a conspiracy here, but the Mods are withholding info, even if it is to see if we can figure it out on our own. Someone is getting a chuckle at our expense.



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 09:05 AM
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perhaps, although ive noticed there isnt always much mod activity on the weekend.

eta: never mind. i see mod activity on other bbq threads since this started.


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posted on May, 23 2011 @ 09:33 AM
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Or maybe 'the mods' don't know and they are trying to find out before posting anything?

Me being the trusting sort I think it's just a glitch or something like that....could be wrong though - it wouldn't be the first time!

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posted on May, 23 2011 @ 09:34 AM
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Not a glitch by any means...

It is however "Above Top Secret."




posted on May, 23 2011 @ 09:39 AM
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He he he. I KNOW the secret, but, I'm sworn to secrecy.

He he he

Cuhail



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 09:40 AM
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Originally posted by IPILYA
Ya know what I find interesting? The fact that any other B&Q thread has a moderator post within the first few posts.
This thread is on page 2 and it is 12 hours old as of now and not a single mod reply. I don't think there is a conspiracy here, but the Mods are withholding info, even if it is to see if we can figure it out on our own. Someone is getting a chuckle at our expense.




They arent withholding anything.

I think it's just the title of what you are as a member. Member to me shows someone is just a member, they arent' part of the debates, research forums or writing forums. When you get one of the titles I mentioned it changes to that title from just "member" to either "scholar, writer or fighter." It doesn't seem all that tricky..

So will a mod please tell me if I am right? I don't think it's that hard to figure it out. All members with those titles have them under their name, those without have member.



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 09:42 AM
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Just what a "M"ember would say, eh?


I am now scouring threads attempting to discern a pattern.

is it related t the difference noted between posters in this thread?:

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on May, 23 2011 @ 09:44 AM
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youre missing the point. the distinction being asked about is Members vs members. Not the distinction you are referring to regarding other titles
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