posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 02:53 PM
reply to post by Cedik
Okay, Cedik, I agree with you. People who (can be PROVEN to have) deliberately, purposefully, and knowingly
hoaxed, lied, misrepresented, and
misinformed on ATS should be warned and/or banned.
However, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and I've seen the cry of "HOAX!!" or "FAKE!!" go up way too easily just because someone
doesn't have "proof." Come on now, who's really gonna have PROOF anyway?
I had my own encounter, it happened way back when I was a kid, more than 30 years ago. Umm .. no I don't have a picture, or the police report, or any
other proof. Should I be "dealt with" for telling my (true) story just because I don't have the evidence that people want?
Many of the Goodchild believers were probably real believers who were fooled, and if anything they are now embarrassed, hurt, and disappointed already
- why heap more criticism on them? Goodchild herself has a video out now claiming that it wasn't a deliberate hoax, she really thought they were
coming and she doesnt' know why they didn't .. Do I really, really believe her? I don't know... But I'm not ready to condemn her because there's
a chance she might be telling the truth, especially since she had the guts to post an apology video on youtube.
Do some hoaxers and liars get away with it because of giving the "benefit of the doubt?" Yeah, I'm sure they do. But I'd rather see a few bored
teenagers "get away with" hoaxing the boards than have one genuine person be harassed and warned or banned for sharing an incredible experience
Just my opinion.