reply to post by SonoftheSun
1 - Would you suggest altering, changing or creating new Boards?
If so, please expand as to the reason why.
The only addition I think that I would like to see. Is a forum for the best of ATS.
Where the best threads of ATS are linked for members to easily access.
2 - How do you feel about the Flags?
Not to be touched? To be altered or taken out? Would you suggest another way of rewarding threads?
I think the flag system works fine the way it is. However, as I stated above. I would like to see a forum where threads that reach a certain level of
flags are given a place in the ATS hall of fame.
Maybe any thread that gets over 100 flags will get a link to it in the Best of ATS forum.
3 - How do you feel about the Stars?
Any changes you would suggest to that form of recognition? Please expand.
I think the star system works fine. As other members have suggested it might be nice to be able to unstar a post if you change your mind or star a
post by mistake.
4 - What would you DO to reinforce the T&C?
If I read a post that I think violates the T&C. I would use the alert feature and remind others to not feed the trolls. Using the alert feature works
very well and I don't see any need to change that aspect.
5 - What would you suggest to help out new members arriving?
Please, no links to already made up threads on this subject. I would like YOUR opinion. Please expand.
I would subscribe to the new member introductions thread and also the Freshman forum. I would welcome new members and offer my assistance to them. I
think I can be a helpful resource available to all members.
6 - What would you DO to help lurkers turn into avid participants?
The lurking here is huge. Often met with criticism and arrogance, the member in lurking mode would most probably like to participate but hesitates.
What would you concretely DO to change this situation?
I don't really see a problem with lurkers. I think that trying to put down lurkers is a bad thing and might only chase people away. I think the best
encouragement for the lurker is to create meaningful posts and threads that will interest people and make them want to become involved on their own
7 - What would you suggest to promote ATS, that already doesn't exist?
No links to already made up threads please. Let's see your creativity at work here. Please expand.
I think word of mouth is always some of the best form of advertising. Welcoming new members and conveying a friendly community atmosphere will
encourage them to tell a friend or family member.
8 - What would be your stance on trolling?
Trolls will always be. But what would you do about it? Please expand.
Trolling is sometimes obvious. But often it is a matter of perception. As long as it doesn't violate the ATS T&C then I think they are allowed to
post what they wish.
Personally, when I encounter a troll post or thread. I try to just ignore it and move on. There is too much to other quality content on ATS and too
little time. No need to feed the the trolls.
9 - The WATS system. Any changes you would recommend?
I think it is fine the way it is. No changes.
10 - Finally, what makes you different from the other candidates?
Basically, why would a member vote for you instead of another? Please state your reasons.
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teacher, a prophet and a poet.
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break. My edges are sharp but my center is soft.
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