posted on Oct, 12 2015 @ 01:50 PM
a reply to: RogueWave
Subjects are not, but sources with a well-established track record of hoaxing can be.
The classic example: Sorcha Faal... Internet Hoax Queen Courtesy of David Booth...
There are also a large and growing number of "click-bait" sites and YouTube channels that are reliable sources of hoaxes.
While what constitutes a "hoax" is ultimately a matter of opinion, we move threads to the HOAX forum when there is clear evidence a claim is false or
comes from a source with a pattern of false claims.
Acting on hoaxes does not constitute a position on a given topic. For example, moving a thread featuring a hoax UFO video to the HOAX forum does not
speak to the question of UFOs in general, only to that specific case. A hoax video claiming to refute UFOs would get the same treatment.
We aren't infallible, and as with all staff decisions, members are free to disagree with a HOAX forum move by submitting a
. There is certainly no shortage of dubious claims in our
regular forums, so if a thread has been moved to HOAX without sufficient cause, we'll be happy to move it somewhere else.
In particular, if members post credible corroborating evidence to a thread in the HOAX forum that supports a claim we thought to be a hoax, we would
want to move it to a more suitable forum ASAP.
We've discussed this quite a bit behind the scenes in the staff forums, because we are committed to the rights of members to decide for themselves
what to believe. But we also feel it would be unethical to leave threads we know to be hoaxes in the general forums (which has led to ATS being used
to help hoaxes spread in the past), so we consider this the best solution.
If anyone has a better idea, of course, we always welcome suggestions.