WHAT IS ATHENS TALKS?
ATHENS TALKS goes beyond the ‘news’ to get to the heart of what has people talking. From the buzz around town, to political outrage, to celebrity scandal, to what was on TV last night, we’re discussing the hottest, most provocative stories and issues of the day.
DO EDITORS DETERMINE WHICH STORIES ARE SHOWN?
People like you drive ATHENS TALKS. Starting a discussion will allow others to comment, offer their expertise, or sound off on a variety of topics. In return, members are able to read over and comment on posts by fellow ‘talkers’. While we ask that you be sensitive to the community, there aren’t too many topics we’d consider off limits. If it’s something that you want to have a thoughtful discussion on, we invite you to start the conversation.
In addition to our forums, ATHENS TALKS director, Andrea Griffith, is always out and about, listening to the banter and using TV, internet and other sources to provide the latest and most interesting headlines. Content is updated throughout the day, so whether it’s a news story, a viral video, or a rumor that needs to be addressed, you’ll find it at ATHENS TALKS.
WHY DO I HAVE TO REGISTER FOR ATHENS TALKS?
ATHENS TALKS is a member-based community. You may look over the site without registering, however, in order to participate you must sign up, create a username and decide on a password.
WHY SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE?
Contributing to ATHENS TALKS by starting a conversation, commenting on a post, or sending us ideas and information, is a way for you to let our community know what is interesting or important to you. It also earns you points for your profile and those rewards may be redeemed for access to FUN features within the site.
WHAT ARE THE COMMUNITY GUIDELINES?
ATHENS TALKS invites anyone who wants to be part of our community to join and contribute. We understand that when people from various backgrounds and mindsets get together there will be a myriad of views on different topics. That diversity and interaction is what we find so exciting and it’s encouraged. However, just like we would in the ‘real’ world, we insist that everyone be respectful. In the ATHENS TALKS community, healthy debate is good. Helpful advice is welcome. Speaking your mind is allowed. Just leave out the personal attacks. Don’t use profanity, ethnic or racial slurs, or take jabs at anyone’s sexual orientation or religion. We do not edit content posted in our communities but for those who can't be nice, we reserve the right to remove your material and/or ban those who violate or visitor’s terms. It’s as simple as that.
HOW DO I POST A COMMENT?
To post a comment, you must be logged in to ATHENS TALKS. Simply type your comment and hit the POST COMMENT button.
ARE COMMENTS MODERATED?
While we do moderate ATHENS TALKS, we trust that our members will make every effort to follow our guidelines. All of us are grownups and entitled to our own political or ideological views. To censor those would be against everything that ATHENS TALKS is based on. However, if we feel someone crosses the line and launches an attack against another member or if an off color comment is posted, it will be pulled, no questions asked. Who has that authority? The ATHENS TALKS staff, that’s who and all decisions are final. So play nice.
I SEE A COMMENT THAT I FIND OFFENSIVE. WHAT CAN I DO?
Any comments considered offensive can be flagged by community members. These flags alert our staff to the possibility of abuse and we will launch an investigation.
I POSTED A COMMENT BUT I CAN’T SEE IT. WHY?
If you tried to post and couldn't get your comment to go through, it is most likely a technical error. Try refreshing your browser and posting again. If you continue to have a problem, chances are, you violated our comment policy are banned from posting.
CAN I POST HTML WITHIN THE COMMENTS?
This is a privilege reserved for our top members. As you start discussions, make comments and work within our online community, you acquire points. Once a member hits a certain number of points, the ability to use html will be granted.
HOW DO I START A DISCUSSION?
You must be logged in to ATHENS TALKS to Start a Discussion. Once you are logged in, you will find the START A DISCUSSION button at the top of each page.
HOW DO I FOLLOW A MEMBER OF ATHENS TALKS?
If you’d like to follow someone who interests you on ATHENS TALKS you may do that. Simply click on their screen name. You will see a box pop up. Click the FOLLOW USER link and the community member will be added to the list of people you are following. You can keep track of those you are following on your profile page.
WHAT IS THE "FAN" SECTION OF MY PROFILE PAGE?
These are the members who are following you. They will be able to keep up with the discussions you start and comments you post.
HOW DO I IGNORE A COMMENTER?
Click the members screen name and wait for the information box to display. Click the BAN USER link and the particular commenter will be hidden. If, at some point, you’d like to see his/her comments again, simply repeat the process and click UNBAN USER. You can see your list of IGNORED users on your profile page.
WHAT ARE "TALKING POINTS"?
"Talking Points" is a number based system that allows ATHENS TALKS to gauge how involved a member is within the site. Points are calculated each time a member posts a comment, connects with others or starts a discussion. These points may be redeemed to add images to a post or utilize other fun features within the site. If you'd like to opt out of the system, you don't have to "spend" your points, but they will still be calculated.
HOW DO I ACQUIRE "TALKING POINTS"?
You can acquire points by being an active member of ATHENS TALKS. See our point list for a detailed account of our system.
WHAT ARE SCREAMING DEALS?
These are posts from our Business Members about savings that ATHENS TALKS members can take advantage of. These exclusive deals will update throughout the day.
WHAT IS "ASK THE EXPERTS"?
This is a sponsored, interactive section of ATHENS TALKS that gives our members access to a professional network. Members are able to acquire information and ask questions on health related issues, food, pets, technology and other subjects. Our ‘experts’ interact with our community, offering advice and knowledge.
WHAT IS THE TWITTER FEED?
We track Twitter feeds of various organizations, businesses and community members. These show up on the homepage and allow all of us to keep track of events, as well as, what people are talking about right now.
CAN I FOLLOW ATHENS TALKS ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER?
Yes, just click the icon on the right-hand side of the ATHENS TALKS homepage. It will take you to our social networking sites.
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