As someone who writes longer threads spread over multiple posts with plenty of sources, something highlighted in your opening post, I like to think
I'm in a fairly good position to chime in here. Fact is, if you work hard on your research and you post your findings and if you try to stay fairly
neutral and/or unbiased, despite popular belief around here, you are by far more likely to see a successful thread. I really don't care for or have
the time for anyone who says the contrary because that's just how it is here. I really do know, I've seen it and I've been making threads here long
Sure, there is bad threads that do receive attention, no one has ever said that doesn't happen because it does. I accept that as I'm sure everyone
else reading does too. It's not always deserved but it happens. A shame, but there you go. These few examples are all people focus on though. On the
whole, the thread with the more information and the more sources does indeed do much, much better I've found and seen. I know from experience that
putting hard work into a thread, doing your research, and finding your sources to try and back up the claims being made does pay off here and people
appreciate you taking the time out to post it for them too.
I reject completely the claims made by some that to create a successful thread you need to post a video and a few words, or something else like this
too. That kind of activity benefits absolutely no one. As far as I'm concerned we're on ATS to learn something and if all some want to do is gain
stars and flags, well unfortunately for them that's time thoroughly wasted.
Take the time to put some real research and effort into a thread however, and take the time out to really learn about the subject you're bringing up
for discussion and the stars and flags are nothing but an added bonus because you're bettered yourself anyway, you've made progress and learnt
something. And you've also potentially helped someone else learn something too - Now, isn't that truly a great thing?
This being so my advice would be to just forget about what everyone else things hen writing something up. Think about yourself, begin writing about
the thing's you thoroughly find fascinating - if you do then someone else out there will find it fascinating too - and put some real research and
effort into what you write. You know, take the time to find those few extra sources, take the time to re-read the thread a couple of times and look
for ways it can be improved and so on. You'll learn something and you'll maybe help someone else learn something too. A win-win..
A lot of people read ATS after all, millions every month. Who out there wants there username associated with crap when you could associate it when
real content and real attempts to learn? I know which I ant to be associated with and I know what I want from this site - knowledge, as was intended
with it's inception.
Edit to add:
I agree mods do tend to get S&F more than us mere mortals
I've been writing the same threads as a member and a mod and I'm genuinely not seeing what you're claiming here. Like I said above - those who work
hard are often rewarded, not those with a mod tag or anything else like this. Genuinely, I'm not just saying this either, It's honestly just the way
edit on 17-1-2013 by Rising Against because: (no reason given)