posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 07:43 AM
What a lot of people seem to fail to realize is that while the majority of us here on ATS are not able to delete someone's post, close a thread, or
give warnings, we CAN get those who are able to do that, to do just those things.
Contact the mods. That is what they were there for. If you have a thread that you've started get derailed, then use the alert button for the thread
and ask for a mod to come over and post a friendly reminder about staying on topic.
I've done that many, many times for threads that are not even mine, and the mods DO respond.
If someone is running around in a thread calling or accusing others of being a "Shill" or "Troll" or "Disinfo Agent", etc, then again. ALERT the
mods. Making posts like that are a direct violation of the TCs here on ATS.
Again, I do this all the time even if it's not my thread, and even if I'm not posting in a thread. When I see someone doing that, I alert the mods
Don't think that the mods are reading every thread and every post that is made. The logistics to do that is not there, and is why we have the Alert
button in the first place.
Sometimes it takes a while for them to get around to it, but they do respond. If it's a extreme TC violation (IE someone posted a picture they are
not suppose to, used language that they are not suppose too, etc), you can alert it, AND you can scroll down to the bottom of the main forum page.
There you will see what mods are online (their names are in bold).
Send one of the a U2U with a link to the thread or post.
Keep in mind that you can do this for other threads that you might read and see, even if you're not posting in it. You can help out by alerting the
mods here to something that is going on that they may not be seeing because they are busy monitoring another thread.
Sometimes you may not see anything happen (however I must stress that EVERY time I've made an alert and asked a mod to post a friendly reminder to
stay on topic and stop the attacks, they have responded EVERY time), and it could be that they don't agree that there is a problem with someone's
post or thread.
However, if you (and others on here) don't use the Alert function at all, then no, nothing at all will be done in a lot of cases, because again, the
mods can't be everywhere at once.
So if you feel that ATS is becoming a "bad" place, or you think there is too much trolling/flaming/baiting/insulting, etc going on, get proactive
and start alerting those posts or threads.