I would venture to say that i think it is different for everyone. I don't feel intimidated, never did, and so you shouldn't either.
There will always be hot heads on any site or forum that have a cause which is to flame and belittle.
ATS has members who have been here since the beginning. A lot of the older members seem to be more level headed, for the most part, but that does NOT
exclude newer members. As far as i am concerned if you have something interesting, no matter how far out it may seem, and you have sufficient evidence
etc etc - post it. Always back up your claims unless you are in Skunk works
No matter how factual you will always be interrogated about your claim but that's the FUN part!! If your thread is honest and you have facts and can
present these facts, even if it is eventually debunked, hey, why not post it.
I made a thread sometime ago about something i picked up with my video camera. I did what i could to prove it wasn't fake etc and posted pics and
video clips and guess what, i debunked it myself simply by doing more homework to prove what i found.
The BIGGEST, and most important, thing is to always admit when you were wrong and not fight the point to save face once it is debunked. ATS - deny
ignorance. You will gain more friends by being open and honest and also build up a reputation of credibility. Even if a thread you post again is
debunked - that's what ATS is about. Looking for the truth and denying ignorance.
Hope i made sense. So, why feel intimidated? You may have knowledge of things others do not and visa versa. Everyone started of nowehere and with out
knowledge sometime in their lives. They are just at the point where they know things and you don't and again, visa versa!!
The only time one should feel afraid to post is if it is all lies and they fight the fact that they are lying. One of two things happen, they
eventually get banned or lose all credibility and they soon disappear.
Go for it!!!
[edit on 4/6/2008 by shearder]