posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 06:14 PM
I'm not quite sure if this belongs here but it pertains to posting news articles on the breaking political news forum... Its no secret, when
something breaks, a lot of good posters will try and rush to be the first thread to break here on ATS. I'm not sure if this is to try and cash in on
easy stars and flags, or to just build some kind of credibility, or to be known here to break news first. Either way, it can lead to some problems.
ATS's system works great, but there's some things we as contributors can do to smooth out the edges.
This is by no means the end all be all on how to properly add to ATS, Im not a mod, and I welcome criticism.
Number 1 is the easiest and best way to ensure you are contributing something worthwhile to ATS. Vet your sources This means, that just because
you are reading it on the NY times, or Tea party daily, or liberals r us, you should double check to see what exactly is in the article. Does the
article make a splashing headline? If so, you want to check if the meat of the article supports the title. Does your article cite sources? Have you
seen this website before, did you get it off a link from drudge? Point is, if its the first time youve ever seen the web page, have a look around.
Check to see if there is an obvious agenda on the site.
Number 2. Try and provide a link to a second source. 2 is always better than 1. This may take an extra few minutes, but it really can be the
difference between finding out if its a blog and an actual news article. Lately a lot of blogs are trying to pass themselves off as legit news
articles. If you found a great news article that should make headlines in your opinion, but cant find a second supporting article ANYWHERE else,
chances are you've found something too good to be news
Number 3. Explain where you got the article from in your OP. This way, if you think the article may be from a fringe source, but wanted to bring it to
our attention anyways, a brief explanation of the origin would help readers put a little context behind the article. A simple step like this could
avoid a lot of meaningless arguments in the future.
Any other ideas?