While "slugging it out" over what is and is not a real UFO may be an admirable trait in some quarters it's not happening here. This site is not for
the dog eat dog CRAP we see almost everywhere else in the UFO "field"
The civil and courteous discussion of ideas, sightings, reports, beliefs, opinions and stories is what this forum is for. It is NOT a bully pulpit for
or against the potential reality of aliens from extraterrestrial origin.
Whenever we catch someone attempting to hoax this community we ban them straight away. By "hoaxing" I mean imparting information as fact when it is
impossible to back it up in the hope of convincing people to act or support the information in some overt way.
That is NOT the same as presenting your life experience or opinions/beliefs on the subject as just that, your opinions, beliefs and experiences and I
will not tolerate ANYONE getting rude or acting uncivil toward those who would share these things with our community.
If the Members don't want to read the information they won't and the thread will die, we do NOT need some sort of self appointed vigilante group
policing threads on ATS, we have a great staff
that handles that business for us.
So "slugging it out" on AboveTopSecret.com is simply uncalled for and won't be tolerated. If someone appears to be presenting a hoax as
described above simply report the thread via the "Gripe/Idea Button" DO NOT attempt to attack the hoaxer with snide or rude remarks or you may find
yourself "out in the cold" right next to him when staff gets to the thread.
NOBODY is going to get hurt by pixels on a screen (with the rare exception of certain epileptic conditions) so if the staff is busy and can't get to
the horrendous and offending thread immediately WALK AWAY and ignore it.
They will get to it guaranteed.
IF staff decides the thread is in compliance with the "sharing opinions, beliefs and or experiences" and you disagree with the decision simply lodge
another gripe/idea for review of your argument.
So everyone is clear, an "experience" would be a conversation one had with "an insider" or a report one heard or a sighting one sighted.
"experience" would NOT be "dudes! I am having breakfast with Vulcans" unless the photos of the morning meal replete with pointed eared guests was
attached and found to be unaltered.
Seriously though, common sense and a fair amount of good judgment comes into play since this topic is 99% SUBJECTIVE so our decision process will not
satisfy everyone, we accept that.
[edit on 18-2-2007 by SimonGray]