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Frequently Asked Questions

Galt's Gulch Basics

Galt's Gulch Etiquette

 

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. top

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.

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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

How do I remove ads?

Ads are how we monetize the Gulch's web site traffic generated by non-paying members and visitors. You can remove ads from the Gulch by signing up as a producer or by upgrading your existing membership. top

Galt's Gulch Etiquette

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