What is "Galt's Gulch?" Galt's Gulch
is the Official Atlas Shrugged Movie "Collective." Galt's Gulch
is a community of like-minded individuals who come together regularly to share interesting content and ideas with each other and debate about politics, economics, philosophy and more. If you've read and have been influenced by Atlas Shrugged, this is the site you've been waiting for. This, is Galt's Gulch Online
What are points and how do I earn them?
Points are how we, as a community, reward member activity. Whenever you add new content, comment or when other users vote on your content and/or comments, you earn
points. While points have very little real world value, they are in essence the currency of The Gulch. top
What is a "Producer?"
$ The Galt's Gulch Producer Membership includes access to special "Producers Only" events, including private Q&A sessions with the Atlas Shrugged Production crew, regular discounts on official movie merchandise, the ability to shut off ads, special Producers only invites for new features and content plus, you get a shiny Producer badge to proudly wear in the Gulch. Read more...
Recent Producers Only Content
Producers are members of the Galt's Gulch community who have read Atlas Shrugged and understand that there is no free lunch. They understand that running this site costs money. They understand that the value they get from this site deserves a fair value-for-value exchange. And, they understand that $3.95 a month is a nominal membership fee to belong to a site that promotes the ideas of Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged and facilitates communication between like-minded individuals.
What is an "Admin?"
Admins work directly for the Atlas Shrugged Movie production company. As well as hanging out in The Gulch, effectively supporting the community, Gulch Admins all have other jobs and responsibilities within the organization. From merchandise fulfillment, to web development, to online marketing and more, the Gulch Admins are your Gulch Ambassadors. top
What does "Flag" do?
"Flag" sends a notification to Gulch admins indicating that a comment needs to be reviewed. If you think a comment crosses the line of propriety, flag it. This of course is a purely subjective function so do us a favor and think twice about flagging. top
What does "Hide" do?
From URDAN DICTIONARY
: "Thread hijacking" - When a person starts a posting on a message board, or forum, or Facebook, that others are able to comment on, that original posting and the comments on it are called a thread. A thread hijacking occurs when one or more individuals commenting on the original posting, go off topic, creating a separate conversation. This is rude, and bad internet etiquette. If people want to discuss a different topic, they should start their own thread.
"Hide" is for thread authors to help keep their conversation on topic by effectively "hiding" a comment from public views and lists. Example usage: You post a new topic, someone else comments attempting to take the discussion down a completely unrelated and unwanted tangent, hide it. IMPORTANT: Comments are not deleted and are still viewable by anyone - just not as easily accessible. top
Galt's Gulch Etiquette
Galt's Gulch Code of Conduct "A proper association is united by ideas, not by men, and its members are loyal to the ideas, not to the group. It is eminently reasonable that men should seek to associate with those who share their convictions and values. It is impossible to deal or even to communicate with men whose ideas are fundamentally opposed to one's own (and one should be free not to deal with them)."
- Ayn Rand
We're not all going to agree on everything and that's OK. However, if you are not here for legitimate reasons, and your intention is less than honorable, you should know that you will be found out and you will be removed. Debate is fine, but remember this site is specifically for supporters of Ayn Rand's ideas. If you don't support Ayn Rand's ideas, you're in the wrong place.
So, to site etiquette...
- Read the About Galt's Gulch page.
- Use proper grammar and spelling.
- Vote. If you think something contributes to conversation, upvote it. If you think it does not contribute, downvote it.
- Consider posting constructive criticism or an explanation when you downvote something.
- Report Spam by flagging inappropriate content.
- Browse "New" and vote on content.
- Proof read your submission for mistakes before submitting.
Please do not...
- Be rude or obscene. This is the Gulch. You can do better.
- Conduct personal attacks on other Gulch posters or commenters.
- Start a flame war. Just flag it and "walk away." If you really feel you have to confront them, leave a polite message with a quote or link to this FAQ.
- Invoke the race card. No "Racist! Bigot! Homophobe!" nonsense. Do this, and your account WILL be muted.
When and how should I use the thumbs up and down to vote?
Voting on Posts
In Galt's Gulch
Online your vote means, "I think more people should see this", not necessarily
"I agree with this."
After registering, and attain 100+ Gulch points, you can vote up or down on all of the links In Galt's Gulch
Online based on whether you liked or disliked them. If more people like a post than dislike it, it will rise up in the ranking, appear on the hot page and be seen by more users. Upon voting, the highlighted score will have changed +1 or -1 depending on your vote up or down, respectively. Regardless of your own personal point accumulation, all votes effect post scores equally.
As a general rule, vote up what you liked (and want to see more of) and vote down what you disliked (and what you want to see less of).
Voting on Comments
While the same general rules apply to voting on the comments of others, downvotes should really only be used for irrelevant or inflammatory comments, not ideas you necessarily disagree with. Also, don't be afraid to upvote a comment you disagree with if you think it is furthering the discussion. This will result in the most interesting and relevant discussions moving to the top of the comment page. top
When is it appropriate to edit my comments?
Rarely. If you misspell a word or want to correct grammer, by all means, edit. Please make sure to append a reason at the end of your comment explaining the edit (e.g. "EDIT: Spelling."). If you want to add content to your comment, please also make sure to add it as an edit (e.g. "EDIT 07-01-13: I really think..."). top