Hey there! Don't take it too hard, we were all beginners in our research at one point or another
Some of us would do well to remember our own UFO Research beginnings.
I know I've made some mistakes LOL.
When I first started at ATS, I did a thread called 'Compilation: The Evidence for EBEs' where I collected cases where ET's had been documented on
video or in pictures, and did reports on those case studies. The intent was to catalouge data, and to assemble links to ATS threads where those
particular cases had been discussed previously.
It was a tool for newbies, essentially, and as a newbie, I was using the tool to learn as I developed it...
Long story short, there was a lot of fraudulent data out there, that I felt should also be included, so that newbies like me could find out the truth
behind those fakes.
I fell for one of the fakes myself, and it was a bad fake! LOL
I didn't have sound on my computer, and with the video only it was much more believable. I had to seriously laugh at myself when I got home and
played it again with the sound on!
The point is though, that you're learning from your mistakes, and going forward with the knowledge you've gained from past experience.
I for one felt a tremendous amount of pride for you, when reading your OP here. It takes great courage to admit one's mistakes publicly, and to use
oneself as an example for others to learn from. You sir, have just made my friends list.
It also shows how much you care about the quality research that is done here at ATS, both in your sentiments here, but also in your original intent to
contribute to ATS. It's clear to me that your mistakes were just that, but the passion to investigate is what is truly important IMHO. Everyone
makes mistakes along the way, I'm certainly no exception!
Fantastic of you to be so willing to learn and grow from them!