It seems lately that ATS has had far too much tolerance for obvious hoaxers.
After being debunked clearly by intelligent members 1 or 2 pages in, their threads still thrive with hundreds of posts before mods finally decide to
end the debacle.
Meanwhile, the front page of the website is plastering the thread all over the place as one of the most popular.
What would people say, who were looking for intelligent discussion of theories and oddities, who stumbled upon ATS at that very time and their first
impression was some attention seeking kid who has blurry photos of a little computer part that he 'removed' from his forehead?
Pretty sure they'd be pretty turned off by the perceived level of discussion here and leave.
Yeah I know... the whole civility and decorum etc... but it seems so many members are being warned lately for pointing out the obvious.
When someone makes an extraordinary claim, refuses to provide more than a blurry photo (if anything) and then refuses to answer any questions or
requests... you have to be suspicious. When the sheer lack of cooperation continues for a few pages, you can't help but be damn frustrated that this
crap is allowed to go on without any sort of moderation.
It is obvious to anyone with a brain, believer or skeptic, when someone is that blatant a hoaxer. Yet it is allowed to clog up the boards until it
gets to the point where every single post is by angry members wondering why the thread is still there and open.
The mods then graciously close it... but only after enough outcry to fill 2 or 3 pages.
C'mon, lets raise the bar.
We've been hoaxed that many times and it is still allowed to go on.
Oh, and no by weeding out hoaxers early we won't be stopping the presentation of any real stories or evidence. Someone with something real and true
to share won't go out of their way to avoid questions, frustrate members with blurry photos (or no photos) and ignore the clear, damning posts by
some intelligent members that tear their fantasies to shreds.
I consider one of my older posts to be good examples of how to post an outlandish story... with evidence to back it up.
I once awoke with a perfectTriangle burn
on my ankle. I actually thought it could be
paranormal-related... but I posted a well constructed post, with clear close up photo evidence. It eventually turned out to be a much more normal
explanation, but the evidence to back up the crazy story was all there in the opening post. Plus I answered responses and questions.
Basically what I am saying is, that I think there is a pattern to posts.
Someone with a real story to share, that they didn't just make up with their school buddies, will be cooperative with posters, provide as much
evidence as humanely possible and be happy to answer questions.
A hoaxer will do basically the opposite. Post a far flung story... provide little to no evidence and then either troll responses or give no answers at
all. To me it is fairly obvious from the first page of a topic which category the OP falls into.
So members, staff, please. Get used to the posting style of genuine people wanting to tell their story and hoaxers trying to pull our collective legs.
Hopefully it becomes that obvious to you all that people simply won't post in hoaxers threads, not even the 'OMG FAKE LOLZ' crap that pushing their
topics to the top of the page and gives them all the attention they were seeking in the first place.
And hopefully mods get a bit tougher with these sorts of posters. If something can be photographed or scanned etc... then the poster should be
requested to do so. If they don't, or won't provide that evidence then they should be banned. Simple as that.
If their story cannot be backed up with any evidence, then there is no harm in that. However, if they attack members who question that story and
demand everyone believes it to be 100% true, it is probably a sign that they are trolling.
Someone with a real experience will be happy enough to share it, regardless of what some members think.