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posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 07:40 AM
Why hello ATS, i've been a regular reader here for a few months now and thought i'd finally sign up!

Love the site, it seems a bit complex to me atm but i'm sure i'll get used to it.

I have a question... What are stars and those other things under the names of people when they post (the letters) and what do they mean haha?

Thanks in advance for your help

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posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 07:49 AM
Welcome to ATS...the info you asked about, will be beamed to you shortly....


posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 07:51 AM
Hey buddy, and welcome!

ATS is complex, but you don't need it all to follow all the good threads!
I just jump to new topics, and see what comes! If I want to find something, I use the search button (very important! You'll find out)

You can give a person a star if you like what he is saying. That will say, when an account has a lot of stars, they have probably said something good and informative. But some also just gets the stars because they are famous on here! Grrr.

Oh, and the letters, I guess you mean the "P" "F" and so on? P is points. You can get them from vary of reasons, like everytime you post something, you get one point.

F is everytime someone flag your thread. Like this thread, I will give you a flag for it. But you normally use it when you like something. So when people got many flags, it means they post a lot, and get a lot of likes so to say.

But welcome buddy

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posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 08:01 AM
Cheers guys!

Appreciate the help! =)

posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 02:09 PM
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posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 02:36 PM
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The numbers are confusing and not worth worrying about to be honest, but further to what ypperst said.

P is actually the number of posts you have made, not points, although there is also variable for points, but you can only see that under your full profile, which is here

F and S is stars and flags as ypperst said. the other one is W which stands for "way above top secret" and is a formula worked out from your stars and flags, the people with the top 50 W scores get a gold border and go on this page. The next 50 get a silver boarder like mine.

K is another formula much like W but I dont have a clue how it is worked out, I think it's something to do with how many magic stones the site owners pet frog assigns to you each month under a full moon.

posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 02:42 PM

K is Karma. It's a formula that includes stars/flags/number of posts.

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