Newbie or long time lurker,
Welcome to Participating!!!
So you finally joined, or perhaps been here a while but now you’ve made yourself somewhat familiar with the different boards, have made yourself
familiar with the T&C and the Moderator’s links supplied in your intro or various intros, gathered your 20 posts and now decided to take the
GREAT ! Many are looking forward to it !
This is simply to give you tips on your “first time”...a little help and a little advice...
• Choosing a Title
- Using the Search Function
- My eyes my eyes!
- Sharing a Youtube Video
- Sharing research - with links
- Sharing an experience
• Reactions to your O.P. (Opening Post)
- Debating different opinions
- Remember that it’s a Huge Forum
- Noob Bashing
- Encountering a Troll
[color=gold]Choosing a Title
Depending on the subject you want your first thread to talk about, it is important to keep in mind that your title will represent your subject and
sometimes, represent you.
The Question Mark ( ? )
Finishing your title with a question mark turns your title into an inquiry and not a fact. It means that it is up for debate. You are looking for
An Article Title
Submitting the title as it was mentioned in the article you refer to is also a good idea as it simply replicates an idea you find interesting without
making it your propriety.
An Honest Title
An honest title represents your opinion on the subject you wish to propose. It represents you as the story teller if your opening post is about a
The Multiple Exclamation Marks ( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! )
Putting multiple exclamation marks almost claims your title as fact. Which, after debate, might not necessarily be the case.
Proof in your title makes your title claim something as undeniable. Which, after debate, has been shown over and over again that it is not necessarily
the case. Think twice about using this word in your title.
Same as proof. Be sure you have solid links or you will get a heated debate. Rightfully so. As for PROOF, think twice about using this word.
A Misleading Title
The opposite of an honest title. Putting a “National Inquirer type” title will most certainly gather attention but you will be called on it. It
also shows the membership that you might be a Flag hunter. Which is also fine if your credibility isn’t that important for you on the long run.
A Troll Title
Feel like baiting? Attacking a certain group? Sharing made up deep national secrets stories? Not only will you be called on it but the membership
doesn’t take any of those types of threads lightly. Neither do the Moderators and Admins. If such is the case, ATS might not be the right forum for
[color=gold]Using the Search Function
Searching before spending time putting up a thread is a must !
Located on the top header, the search function will be useful to find out if what you are about to spend time on has already been authored.
Inserting different key words will bring out threads on the subject. Unless you wish to bring new light to a subject already discussed, it can be
very disappointing to have your thread closed because it already exists.
Let the search function be your friend!
[color=gold]My eyes My eyes!
Walls of text should be avoided. It will be easier for everyone to read if your opening post is divided into paragraphs. Also makes it more
interesting to read to the end.
[color=gold]Sharing a YouTube Video
So you found an interesting video that you wish to share and discuss. It’s perfectly fine !
For your embed to work, simply add what follows the v= in this popped up window.
In the case here, the full link being
Simply insert ( VBXR06S5FVA
In some cases, the embed, for different reasons will not work. Using the “Preview” button on the bottom of your OP will show as such.
If it happens to you then simply add the full link instead.
Remember the T&C regarding videos.
. You MUST add a description and an opinion on it. Many members do not have viewing capabilities at the moment of your post and will
ask for info.
You have summed up info that leads to important news that you wish to share? Awesome !
Supplying links to your claims only supports your research and makes your data sharing serious. No links supplied will lead to the fact that you are
only sharing tour opinion – which is also fine – but should be mentioned as such.
[color=gold]Sharing an Experience
A personal experience is always welcomed. You have probably read that sharing a personal experience needs courage. I would agree to a certain point.
If you share a true story, some members will relate and participate. If you share a made up story, chances are that you will be caught at one point or
another. Boards that encourage personal stories are highly monitored by Moderators. Personal attacks and name calling will not be tolerated. From both
So be confident...and share !
[color=gold]Reactions to Your O.P. ( Opening Post )
[color=gold]Debating Different Opinions
No matter the Board, no matter the subject, there will always be debates. It is the very foundation of this Forum and where the motto “Deny
Ignorance” takes its full meaning.
Would you agree that it would be boring if everyone shared the same opinion?
Just remember that all debates must be done with Civility and Decorum. Be the example to follow. Be the change you wish to see. Lead with Respect and
Politeness. Your threads, with time, will flourish!
[color=gold]Remember that it’s a Huge Forum
There are 256,000+ members here and there are always hundreds and hundreds of active members present – at ALL times !
The Moderating Staff represents about 10% of those active numbers and about 1 to 3% present – at ALL times!
Feel the heat? Feel aggressed? Feel like your thread is being led off topic?
Use the ALERT Function! Located under the Member’s Avatar.
Alerting about a member on your thread sends a message to the Staff. Depending on the volume of activity at the time of your Alert, Moderators will
take action as soon as they can – AND if it warrants an action.
Remember that debating your opinion is not an act of aggressiveness. Debating IS recommended as long as it follows the T&C. Alerting is for that
moment where you feel it transgresses the T&C.
Bashing a Newbie is NEVER tolerated. Moderators do not tolerate it. Many members will Alert when seeing this occurrence happen.
So again, feel confident...and share!
[color=gold]Encountering a Troll
Trolls are a dime a dozen. Do not feed them. Don`t waste your time responding. Trying to make your point against a troll will only lead to more
trolling. Let it be...
Hope this helps you making your ATS experience a pleasurable adventure!
ATS can be whatever you wish it to be. It`s all up to you!
HAVE FUN & ENJOY !!!