Frequently Asked Questions

Galt's Gulch Basics

Galt's Gulch Etiquette



What is "Galt's Gulch?"

With 20,000+ members, Galt's Gulch is now the largest active online community focused on the propagation of Ayn Rand's ideas and is the new official Atlas Shrugged™ "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 politics, economics, philosophy and more. If you've read Ayn Rand 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 Atlas Shrugged™ 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, are advocates of Ayn Rand's ideas, 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.

Create a Galt's Gulch Producer account or upgrade an existing account now.


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 the green shopping cart icon represent?

Individuals who subscribe to the Galt's Gulch Marketplace are awarded a green cart. This icon shows that the individual is a "shopkeeper" (advertiser) with a product or service being promoted in the Galt's Gulch Marketplace.

Learn more about the Marketplace. 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?

"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

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...

Please do...

  • 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.
  • Proofread 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.
  • Post personally identifiable information (e.g. email addresses, full names) in your comments. Other members have no way of verifying your identity or knowing if you are impersonating someone else.
  • Post links to your website in your comments repeatedly.

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 grammar, 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


What is the Galt's Gulch Marketplace?

The Marketplace is a promoted section of Galt's Gulch where liberty-minded individuals can showcase their products and services and like-minded individuals can easily find them. Learn more... top

How does a Marketplace post differ from a regular post?

Regular posts have a life-span. You post, people comment, maybe you make the hot list, and then they disappear. Marketplace posts have longevity. They maintain primary real estate through placement rotation and promotion. For more details on the differences, see the feature comparison. top

What are the benefits of the Marketplace?

To the Gulch member: The Marketplace is an opportunity for you to patronize like-minded individuals who have goods and/or services to offer. Check out the Marketplace.

To the Gulch advertiser: 20,000+ liberty-minded individuals are here and they want to patronize you. The Marketplace is your opportunity to tell them about your product or service. Learn more... top

How much does the Marketplace cost?

See pricing: Create a Marketplace post now.

NOTE: Galt's Gulch Producers receive a 25% discount. Create a Galt's Gulch Producer account or upgrade an existing account now. top

Do Gulch Producers get a discount?

Yes. Galt's Gulch Producers save 25% on all Marketplace packages. Create a Galt's Gulch Producer account or upgrade an existing account now. top

Can users comment and vote on my Marketplace post?

Yes. top

When will my Marketplace post get promoted?

While placement is guaranteed, because your Marketplace post is in rotation with other Marketplace posts, there is no set time when your post will show up at the top of the home page, in the header's Gold Bar, on Twitter, or in the Daily Digest email. top

What determines the position/order of my post in the Marketplace?

All Marketplace posts are in rotation within their categories (ex. if there are two posts, the post in position 1 will move to 2, and 2 to 1). top

How do I cancel, upgrade, or downgrade, my Marketplace post?

You can cancel at anytime by writing us a quick email. Upgrading or down-grading marketplace packages is not currently available. top

Can you help me with my ad, marketing message, banner, etc.?

We're happy to answer any technical questions you might have. In addition, as a Gold Package subscriber, you will get assistance refining your marketing message. Please contact us and someone will respond to you within 24 hours. top