As many of you will be aware, SkepticOverlord (one of the owners of ATS) has posted a thread
in which he states that unless a suitable buyer with the resources to invest in
growth is found, ATS will "slowly fade away until revenue can't support hosting".
I hope the former option succeeds - and the thread at the link above contains discussion about various possibilities. (This new thread is not
intended to be a place for discussion of those possibilities. Input/ideas to avoid ATS closing would be better added to the thread at the link
However, assuming for a moment that ATS may "fade away" to darkness (and SkepticOverlord has indicated a potential time-frame of months unless a
buyer is found), what UFO projects can and should members of this UFO forum on ATS try to complete first?
If it becomes more likely that ATS is going to fade away, I hope that there is some effort to preserve at least some of the UFO threads posted on ATS.
I'd be happy to try to help with any archiving project.
But what about UFO projects in various threads that aren't yet completed, or UFO threads that members have in mind but haven't posted yet?
I'm sure that many members, like me, have limited time to devote to ufology - so what should be the priorities?
Personally, at least in public, in the last few years I've been focused on preserving and disseminating material in searchable formats (particularly
defunct UFO newsletters/magazines). For example, in the last few weeks, I've worked with a researcher in Norway (Ole Braenne) and others to get many
of the main Norwegian UFO magazines/newsletters online and this week I'm helping get many Japanese UFO magazines/newsletters online - adding to
previous collections I've helped get online (with permission from relevant editors/groups, and working with the AFU in Sweden among many others) from
the UK, the USA, Australia and Canada. This work, largely behind the scenes, has involved a _lot_ less drama and controversy for me than some of the
UFO topics I'd previously posted about (e.g. hoaxes and disinformation/misinformation) and probably does at least as much to help improve standards
of research within modern ufology as those more controversial topics. See HERE
. There's still
plenty of work in relation to that sort of preservation/dissemination of material and that work will continue.
But what about UFO projects where I've found ATS to be particularly strong - e.g. ones requiring some technical/IT input or in-depth digging online?
If ATS survives (as I hope it does), it will not have been a waste to have spent a bit of think thinking about and briefly discussing priorities in
this UFO forum and how the mix of skills among ATS members (and the tools offered by this forum) could be used to push them forward.
If ATS does end, I hope that we at least complete a few things in this UFO forum before we go our separate ways.
Of course, there are other UFO forums and other means of communicating (including Facebook and the abomination known as Twitter) so ufology would not
end with ATS - but I hope that if ATS does end, it ends with a bit of a bang rather than a whimper.