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Greetings from Xcalibur: A Ten Year Retrospective

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posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:08 PM
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originally posted by: Xcalibur254
I just came across this site today and while I haven't looked around extensively from what I've seen it looks like there's more than enough here to keep me interested. For now I'll probably spend most of my time in the Aliens forum as that's what originally drew me to this site. It's a topic I've been interested for most of my life and I'm always up for having intelligent discussions on the matter. Other than that I'm a fan of literature and am currently working on getting my degree in English. I also have a great love for music, primarily metal, but I've found something in every genre that I like. Along with this I also play guitar. Finally I'm a huge movie buff. In conclusion I hope to get the chance to have some intelligent discussions with all of you.


That was my first post on this site ten years ago. Technically it's been nine years and 364 days but I knew I wouldn't have an opportunity to get this posted over the weekend. Since then I changed majors from English to Psychology. Graduated college. Went in to pharmacy. And then left pharmacy to brew beer professionally. Pretty much the only constant throughout those ten years (other than still listening to metal) is ATS. With the exception of a brief break in 2009 (apparently) ATS has been a part of my daily routine since 2008. I may not be the active member with the most time on the site. I mean we still have people from the days that ATS was simply the pet project of a British kid named Simon. And I may not be the most prolific member. But I do feel like I have had an impact.

While I will highlight some of the threads that I consider to be my best work, I also want to draw attention to the threads and users that have left an indelible mark on me.

I guess the best place to start is what originally drew me to the site. Back in late 2005 an amazing story took the UFO community by storm. That story went by the name of Project: Serpo. The story goes that back in 1947 a UFO crashed in near Roswell, NM. The occupants of that UFO came from the planet Serpo. The US government then set about repairing the vehicle and in 1965 12 astronauts made their way to Serpo. According to the story two either died on Serpo or on the way there. Two remained on the planet. And the remaining eight returned home in 1978. What really sold this story was that even big names were coming out in support of the story. For example, Whitley Streiber talked about meeting with a man that was seemingly on the Serpo exchange team. In the end, it was the ATS community that kept pulling the thread, discovering inconsistencies in the story, and ultimately debunking the whole thing as a hoax.

While I wasn't a member when all of this was going down it was the first ATS thread I read. And as soon as I saw that this was a community that was willing to work together to get to the truth I knew that this is where I belonged. Fun fact: Years later I also won an ATS shirt because I remembered SO's post in that thread that pretty much broke the whole thing open. If you haven't read the Serpo thread it's definitely worth the time. To this day I still hold that thread up as the epitome of what ATS is supposed to be.
Project Serpo: Postings by "Anonymous" -- Breaking news?

After that I made my posts (I think it was 20 at that point) and posted a few threads. But after the Serpo thread the first one that really drew me in to the site was undo's topic on Stargates. This was really my first intro to the whole Ancient Alien theory and undo’s research absolutely blew me away. Since then I’ve definitely backed away from the AA theory and me and undo have butted heads at times but I still consider this my first real ATS thread.
Stargates are real

Shortly after I discovered undo’s thread what may be the greatest thread in ATS history was posted. Sadly I never participated in the actual discussion. At the same time though it presented the most amazing story. I’m talking about Skyfloating’s thread on Untersberg. As much as the previous two threads drew me in to ATS, if there is only one thread you read this weekend. It should be this one.

I could go on and on describing ATS’ greatest threads but it would take forever. Instead we’ll jump ahead to 2010-2012, This is pretty much the time period where I did my best work. During this time we were dealing with Nibiru, Elenin, and 2012. And I tried to debunk every one of those theories.

The Maya and 2012 - timeline and references: This may very well be my proudest moment on ATS. Even when I posted it I recognized it as my masterpiece on here. Then a few minutes after it was posted it was closed and pinned as THE thread on 2012. It didn’t end there though. I was recommended to be named the 2012 Subject Matter Expert for it. That was right around the time SMEs were being phased out but it still made me proud.

Confessions of a "Paid Shill"
: This was my next major thread. Throughout the run up to 2012 I was regularly labeled a shill. I eventually decided that I needed to explain why I was on ATS. To this day this pretty much remains my philosophy.

The Truth About Nibiru
: This is probably the last great thread I made and ultimately my most flagged. There’s not much to say about it. Much like my 2012 thread it laid out the the reasons the doomsday theories were wrong.

I won’t lie. Since the 2012/Nibiru/cosmic doomporn theories died off I’ve been pretty much coasting. There are definitely some interesting threads posted. But at the end of the day there really isn’t anything like the great threads like I came up on. So I encourage you all to look back at ATS Past and read the threads available. To start you off I will name some of the users that have greatly impacted my time on here:




posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:09 PM
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undo: Like I said above. She’s the one that drew me in to the site. We may not agree anymore but she still knows how to do her research.

Phage: He might be the most controversial member in ATS history. Regardless of where you stand on issues though he is still one of the most well read and knowledgeable members in ATS history.

SLAYER69: For a while he was rated as ATS’ top member. Even when he wasn’t #1 he was in the top 10. If you’re ever bored you can pretty much pull up any SLAYER thread and have a good time.

OzWeatherman: His name says it all. If you ever had a question about meteorology Oz had the answer.

mikesingh: If ever there was an expert when it came to evaluating NASA photos Mike was the guy. Pretty much if you’ve ever seen a NASA photo purporting to show an alien lifeform or an out of place artifact or anything anomalous on Mars or the Moon Mike is the one that discovered it first.

Byrd: You may not agree with her politics but that doesn’t mean she isn’t brilliant. She may be the premier archaeology expert on this site. And like I said up above her reaction to my 2012 thread was quite possibly the greatest moment I’ve experienced on this site.

And then there are my three MVPs:

IsaacKoi: At the end of the day Isaac may go down as the greatest UFOlogist of all time. If you ever wanted to know the history of UFOs or UFOlogy he knew the answer. His threads on here are some of the most well researched and documented on the entire site. Unfortunately he left the field a few years ago after the toxic community drove him out. Luckily for us his best work is available on ATS for free. So, please, take the time to check it out.

jritzmann: The expert on the Billy Meier case. He’s the one that originally debunked his photos. He then spent years trying to defend against Meier’s charlatanism. Much like Isaac though, the toxic community eventually got to him and he left. If you want to see how a skeptic should operate his posts are the prime example.

jkrog08: I’m really sorry I didn’t give jkrog’s threads the attention they deserved while he was with us. Much like Isaac, he was a master historian when it came to UFOlogy with so many valuable insights. Unfortunately he passed in 2010 but his threads still remain as a proper legacy.

I know I have missed many that deserve mention and I apologize. Ten years is a long time and ATS has changed a number of times. Feel free to respond with the members that have had the greatest impact on you. Ultimately this is not a thread about me. It is a thread designed to celebrate the history of ATS and to remember what it once was. So let the celebration begin and let’s introduce the newer members to the threads that led ATS to the place it is in today.



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:14 PM
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All roads lead to Rome gets my vote as best thread



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:18 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254

What a great thread, and such an intriguing trip down memory lane!

Congrats for hanging out for 10 years!

And remember Zorgon? I thought he was awesome too.



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:28 PM
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a reply to: khnum

Like I said there are definitely people and threads I missed. That was one of those threads I never really read all the way through. I do know how much work ProtoplasmicTraveler put in to it though and how well researched it was. One of these days I'll find the time to work my way through it. That said it is 100% a thread everyone should read at least the OP.

All Roads Lead to Rome



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:30 PM
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So much time, so many members (some of whom are no longer with us), so many threads and so many topics.

"It's a rock!" became a meme here for a while. Good times. Here's to your next 10 years.

As a previous poster mentioned, All Roads Lead to Rome was one of the first Mega-Threads that blew my mind.



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:31 PM
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a reply to: angeldoll

I totally remember zorgon. We butt heads numerous times over things like Elenin and Nibiru. He came across as a great guy and while we disagreed on pretty much everything he always had the sources to back up his beliefs.
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posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:33 PM
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posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:34 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254

First off, Happy Anniversary 👍👍👏👏👏🍻🍺
I don't think we're allowed to state user names. So I may have to delete if a mod request it.

Nightstar
Martin7?? Oops
TNMockingbird
Boncho
Zazzafrazz
Trueamerican
Sublimecraft
Grambler and antedeluvian
DBCowber and Augustusmasonicus for humor
Zaphod58 Sammish FredT anzha bassplayr Astro for aviation
Of course Skepticoverlord, Springer, DTOM, Blaine, TT10th..

GEEZER

Man...
This is hard as I will have to dig back to before ATS changed formats. That's when I joined. So many are no longer here. There are so many Golden Nuggets here. Just got to dig some.

This represents the funniest threads I ever read..

If All The Humans On Earth Were Ground Into Meat.😮😮😆


Edit: Oh you updated your picks...
How could I miss Phage!!


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posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:37 PM
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Love how you linked them all.
That must have taken awhile. Great job on this



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:48 PM
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a reply to: GuidedKill

ATS definitely isn't what it was five years ago. And ATS five years ago isn't what it was five years before that. I will say looking through older posts for this thread many us saw where things were going. I was actually surprised how many threads I found from 2011-12 that seemed like they could have come from this week.

That said, I do know there was a period of time where big name posters thought they were above the rules. That's ultimately what got mikesingh banned. At the same time I don't know if that's what happened to PT. Feel free to PM me their story if you want.



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:51 PM
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posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:53 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

I really wish I had the time to rediscover everyone that deserves mention. ATS has such a deep history and so many people that have contributed to it. I just hope this thread helps newer members discover ATS' past.



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 02:53 PM
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ATS definitely isn't what it was five years ago. And ATS five years ago isn't what it was five years before that.


We still get a glimpse in a thread about every 2 or 3 months.

Reality seems to be a mundane despite the belief it may not actually be so.



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 03:05 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

But it really is just a glimpse at best. Today I looked through ATS on the WaybackMachine and there were so many classic threads that showed up. Post 2012 I didn't really see anything I knew by name.



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 03:05 PM
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posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 03:18 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254

There have been some interesting threads here in the past. I keep hoping on day one will rock the world. I'm not giving up.



posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 03:21 PM
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a reply to: GuidedKill

Damn, thank you.



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posted on Jan, 19 2018 @ 03:30 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254

I re-registered under a new name because of the ridicule I used to get I used to talk about psychotronic warfare,alternative medicine and other topics but this site has professionals from the dark side to poo poo anyone raising such things its either black or white theres no grey here anymore, most of my time here now I amuse myself on BTS,If I wish to discuss 5G,AI,Chemtrails,vaccines or anything of that nature I go elsewhere



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