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M.I.A. - WATS?

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posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 01:18 AM
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It's been a while since I've last seen a "This month's WATS winner is..." thread... Is the WATS award still in play, and if so who's in charge of it? If not is there still a good reason we should actually "award" our fellow members a WATS vote if it's but a gentle pat on the back? Sure it's a way of acknowledging a good post, but the "recipient" doesn't get anything out of it other than an ego boost?

My position: I hope the WATS return to its glory of a glorious sought-after award, with the parade, the balloons and the white doves being released just after the speeches, the firework show and of course the after-party…



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 01:24 AM
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I've asked this before and the answer I got was that no one had gotten enough WATS votes recently to receive the award since there's a minimum absolute number of votes required to qualify.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 01:25 AM
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Ah the after party. I think that's what I miss most about WATS. Those were the best parties I've ever been to. If nothing else, let's just have a giant after party.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 01:39 AM
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Originally posted by Gemwolf

My position: I hope the WATS return to its glory of a glorious sought-after award, with the parade, the balloons and the white doves being released just after the speeches, the firework show and of course the after-party…


I'll start the ball for next months WATS party.


I don't have any white doves, but I'm sure I could catch something that flies around outside in the yard.
The gulls we have here are pretty big, but hey, it's a party.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 02:29 AM
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Originally posted by anxietydisorder
I don't have any white doves, but I'm sure I could catch something that flies around outside in the yard.
The gulls we have here are pretty big, but hey, it's a party.

Why do I have visions of an Alfred Hitchcock movie when I try to imagine that?



Originally posted by Zaphod58
Ah the after party. I think that's what I miss most about WATS. Those were the best parties I've ever been to. If nothing else, let's just have a giant after party

You saw right through me... Yep... I'm just looking for an excuse to have a big party...



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 05:24 AM
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Originally posted by djohnsto77
I've asked this before and the answer I got was that no one had gotten enough WATS votes recently to receive the award since there's a minimum absolute number of votes required to qualify.



How much could it possibly be?
rough ball park figure?



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 05:28 AM
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We were just talking about this in Chat a few nights ago. There hasn't been a 'poster of the month' in a long time. We also were trying to figure out how many WATS it takes to qualify. One of the chatters said he had 13 WATS last month, and he still didn't get poster of the month.

So you know it's higher than 13 required.

I guessed 20 before he told me how many he had.
Who knows.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 05:55 AM
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How would a member even know how many WATS votes you received ?
I've often clicked a member's "Way Above" button and never told them.

Maybe we need a little ticker in our profile space, or a tally somewhere on the boards that changes once a month when the votes are tallied.

We need a Mod to reply in the thread, someone that has the inside scoop.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 06:12 AM
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[edit on 3-4-2007 by Agit8dChop]



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 06:13 AM
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I got 15 one month, this month im 25+

It would be good to have a mod comment on this.

edit: well, that kinda sounds bad come to think of it.
but for records sake, im just interested to see what it takes.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 06:39 AM
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Originally posted by Agit8dChop
I got 15 one month, this month im 25+


But how do you know you have that many



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 07:01 AM
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It's been a while since any single member received more than 10 votes.

This month, 12 members all received 8 votes as the highest vote-count.

We may need to consider an alternative member-driven recognition program.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 07:15 AM
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Originally posted by anxietydisorder

Originally posted by Agit8dChop
I got 15 one month, this month im 25+


But how do you know you have that many


well, in my one thread '' too many co-incidences '' i simply counted.
I had 21-22 in there..

and from a previous in march i had almost half a dozen.

Skeptic, is it counted per thread basis that u recieve a WATS, or the amount of WATS?


[edit on 3-4-2007 by Agit8dChop]



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 07:18 AM
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It sounds like members are just not using their WATS votes each month, and I bet a lot of new members don't even know what it is.

Maybe the solution would be to simply change the graphic on the button.
Something bold that says VOTE FOR THIS POST.


The current "way above" button isn't very self explanatory.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 07:24 AM
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I think the current systems great, it just needs more exposure.
Maybe a banner on the homepage or something showing the monthly winner.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 10:10 AM
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Originally posted by Agit8dChop

well, in my one thread '' too many co-incidences '' i simply counted.
I had 21-22 in there..


I think you might be confusing this-

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with this-


Or you might be counting your replies



The WATS award is when members vote a "way above" for a particular member's post, and each member gets 3 votes per month.

I urge you to test it out by clicking the "way above" below my avatar so you can see how it works.


[edit on 3/4/2007 by anxietydisorder]



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 10:25 AM
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Nope, go to the thread and count if you like.
Its standing at 23 WATS now.


www.abovetopsecret.com...'

68 flags.



posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 10:27 AM
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Just tossing in some quick ideas.


Originally posted by SkepticOverlord

We may need to consider an alternative member-driven recognition program.


  • Have votes for ATS posts be worth 3 votes while BTS and AP have a value of 1 vote. After all it is the Way Above Top Secret award.
  • New design for WATS medallion.
  • WATS hall of fame page listing WATS winners of the past.
  • Some small extras like free stuff in the ATS store.



  • posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 10:30 AM
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    Originally posted by Umbrax
  • Some small extras like free stuff in the ATS store.


  • Thats a good one.
    Ive often wanted to buy something,

    question, does much get sold form the ATS store?



    posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 12:26 PM
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    Hey...vote for me. My parties are kick ***

    Free beer!




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