Posting on ATS
Q: How do I create a new post?
As a member of ATS, as opposed to a mere guest here, you have the option to reply to a post and share your opinion with fellow ATS members. To create a new post, find a thread here in our forums list, or instead through our recent posts page, select a thread title and then finally look to the upper right hand corner of a thread where you'll find this option:
Clicking on that option will then take you to this new page where you can write up your post and then submit it to our forum for everyone else to see, discuss, debate and so on:
Prior to posting you also have the option to add "bb code" and smilies etc, a guide on how to use this well and appropriately can also be found here: A Guide to BBCode on ATS
Q: How do I reply to another member?
If you don't wish to make a general post to a thread, instead reply specifically to another member, then you need to look for and then click this option found in the upper right hand corner of every members post:
With using this feature you'll also be taken to a new page, the very same highlighted above. The only real difference is you will be replying to someone else, not making a general post, thus the appropriate code to reply to another member will already be present. With replying to another member It's also worth pointing out that your name will then show up in the reply list of the members whom you're replying to. You can all find your own reply list, a list of members who have replied to your posts, by going to your messages and then clicking on ‘Replies’ as circled here:
Clicking on the username will then bring up a link. Click on that link to be taken to the replying post.
Q: How do I quote a member’s post?
To quote a post, once again look to the upper right hand side of every post on ATS where you'll find this option:
With clicking this option you'll once again be taken to the posting page, when clicking on Quote however you'll also now see the post you're replying to with-in the quote bb code (see a guide to bb code above). Post your reply underneath. When posting your reply, It's also a good idea to cut down the quoted text to just the section you're replying to, not the whole quoted post. Oversized quotes run the risk of being cut down by staff members (as they are unnecessary and can disrupt the flow of a thread) and in some cases points will be deducted from your account.
Here's an example of what I mean, although just cut it out completely, don’t leave a snipped message like I have done, that’s a mere example:
Q: How do I edit a Post?
You have a 2 hour window to edit your post, any time after this and unfortunately you will have to contact a moderator so they can do it for you. If you're still in time however, then you need to look for this option also found in the upper right hand corner of your post:
You'll then be taken to a page similar to your posting page, the only real difference being that when you click submit, you're not creating a new post to the thread, you're simply editing your existing one.
Q: How do I post a new thread?
Similar to the posting page, you can also find the option to create a new thread towards the upper right hand side of the thread page as shown here:
In addition to being able to post a thread right from reading another thread, you can also start a new thread right from the forum's list page as shown here as an example:
Once you decide you want to create a new thread for ATS, you have chosen the appropriate forum to post it in; select the option to create a new thread as highlighted above, and then you'll be taken to a page which looks like this:
The only real difference it has to the regular posting page is for posting a thread you also have to submit a title. This should be something relevant to what you're bringing up for discussion.
Helpful Tip: To avoid posting before you're ready, It's a good idea to write your title at the top of the actual post itself (not the designated title area) and then when you're finally ready to post, just copy and paste your title to the title option. That way, you can't accidentally post the thread before you've added your content (It's an easy mistake to make!) as nothing will ever post with-out a title and with posting it at the top of the actual posting page, you can be sure you won’t accidentally post a blank thread.
New members with less than 20 posts will also notice first of all that you do not have the option of creating a new thread. For now, you actually can create a new thread, but only in one forum, the introductions forum. This forum is also strictly for introductions, not a place for you to create a thread on any topic you wish. Threads in this forum which are not an actual introduction will be closed/removed in most cases.
The Introduction Forum is for introductions… To tell something about you; not to start a thread about a topic. ATS has a twenty post requirement before a new member can start a thread on the myriad of ATS fora… “Intro threads” that are really “topic threads” will be removed. Twenty may sound like a lot, but it won’t take any time at all (especially if you start a really good introduction thread ). The minimum post requirement is there to give you a chance to acclimate to how ATS operates… And what constitutes quality content contribution (and maybe what doesn’t ). The bottom line is that your intro thread is about your favorite topic… You!Welcome to ATS, it’s time to introduce yourself…
Q: Is there a way to find all posts from a member in a thread?
Yes, there is. All you have to do is hover over where it says "member", which can be found under a user's username and avatar when in a thread and you'll see a drop-down menu. Click on this:
Once you click on that option you will then be able to see every post from that user in that particular thread.
edit on 31-5-2012 by Rising Against because: (no reason given)