I've been reading ATS for years, and have been a member for quite some time now, and I love it. But lately, I've been noticing that some people are
getting a little weird with starring and flagging posts and threads.
A couple vague examples of this:
1. Someone posts a new thread with just a link in it, maybe a few other words, and not much else. This is not a properly written thread. However, the
link is to a very important current event that interests people, so the OP receives several stars.
2. A member writes a very long, well-written thread about a current event where he explains everything in great detail, his opinion of it, and uses
several quotations from the website. But for some reason, he has far more flags than stars.
These are not proper ways to star and flag, and I've been seeing them a lot lately! Look at this thread as a reference -
Basically, you flag a thread that you want others to see. If you think its important, or interesting, or just very well-written and want other
ATS'ers to see it, you flag it.
They’re your way of saying “Hey, this is a good thread, come check it out”, and together, as a team, you can collectively decide which thread is
“better” or more worthy than another.
Stars are for when you think that a member has written something very well, or made a good point, or so on. You don't even have to agree with them as
long as they are doing something
that you like.
When starring a member’s post you’re effectively saying “I agree with this” or “a lot of work has gone into this and I may not agree with
it, but I am appreciative of the efforts gone into it still”.
So now if you come across a thread that you like and want everyone to see it and you think it's written really well, then S&F away! But if you see
one that brings up an important topic but the OP doesn't offer more than that, flag it, but do not star it. And it works the other way around.
I just wanted to get this off my chest. If you agree with me and want everyone to see this, then flag this thread. If you think I did a good job here
but you don't feel that the ATS community is actually having the problem that I'm bringing up, then just give me a star. And if you feel that I've
wasted your time with this, then I apologize and wish you a wonderful rest of the day.