As soon as you become a member, you can make your very own thread in one and only one forum: the Introductions Forum. This is not your first conspiracy thread; just introduce yourself. There is a minimum post count of 20 before you can make a thread in other forums (a necessity brought about by those who refused to follow the policies), but you can post in other threads and introduce yourself. If that topic just has to be brought to life as soon as possible, it takes very little to get to 20 posts. During that short time, you will have a chance to read other members' posts and get an idea of what being an ATS member is all about. You might also discover that others have already started a thread on your pet topic; use the Search Feature to check (and it's a good idea to always search for similar threads before starting a new one).
Once you have your 20 posts, you can make your own thread, assuming of course that you didn't find a similar one. Before you make that leap, take a moment to read Starting a New Thread ?... Look Here First. We try to make every post and thread count, so there are a few things we try not to do here:
- Don't just post a link and a single line like "Wow! Check this out!" and
think you made a thread. Chances are you made a thread that will soon disappear. Give a short snippet of the content, tell us what you think of the
information, tell us how important this information is... this is not about just regurgitating information; it is about analyzing information using
some of the most brilliant minds on the planet: ATS members! So analyze, don't regurgitate.
- Remember that when you post information from another source, it is not your information! Your information is the part where you tell us your
thoughts about it. So when presenting information from another source, you must use tags to make it clear it is a quote! The taqs are
[ex] and [/ex], and they are used like this:
If I want to put the words "This is something that was posted somewhere else first" in an external source box, I type
[ex]This is something that was posted somewhere else first[/ex]
and it comes out like this
This is something that was posted somewhere else first
Also, you have to give a link to the web page where that information is. That is as simple as typing it into the post; ATS automatically does the linking. If it is in a book or other source that is not online, you need to tell us the author, the publisher, and when it was published. As an example, you could say:
Source: Ray Villalobos, Exploring Multimedia for Designers, 2008 Delmar Cengage Learning
All that information is on the front cover or the first page of every book published.
- Never try to copy and paste the whole source in a post. Legally, information cannot be posted in its entirety; ATS limits this to either 10% or
three paragraphs, whichever is less. If you post half of a web page, it will probably be removed and you will probably get a message from a
staff member as to why; follow this rule and it will be available for everyone to discuss and debate. Reference
IMPORTANT: Using Content From Other Websites on ATS.
- A quick word about videos... ATS has code that allows you to include various videos, like from YouTube, in your post. Just copy the id number (the
part after "watch?v=") and paste it between [yvid] and [/yvid] tags, like
[yvid]KYlrrAWCTRg[/yvid] to get this:
Please remember though, that while a picture may say 1000 words, it needs a few words to get people interested. Some viewers will be at work and not able to see the video right away, while others, to be honest, simply don't want to watch it to decide whether this is worth their time. All new threads need your input, but it means even more when you use a video as your opening evidence. If you can find a text source to go with it, that's even better!
- So now you've found a story to tell, you know what you want to say, it has no drug references, you did a search to see if someone else had already
posted about it, and all that is left is to post, right?
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