posted on Oct, 17 2009 @ 11:31 AM
I don't think many people would disagree with my view that the pace of progress within ufology is slow (if, indeed, any real progress has been made
in the last 60 or so years).
Can the members of ATS contribute more to the pace of progress?
I think so.
In my opinion, various factors relating to the users of ATS (particularly the sheer number of visitors to ATS, the apparent energy and the range of
skills that some members possess) as well as some technical factors relating to ATS (e.g. ease of tagging threads, the currently disabled wiki linked
to the forums, and the various attempts to allow users to rate the importance of individual threads and posts e.g. flags) mean that ATS and its
members have a lot of potential for contributing to ufology.
Do I think ATS is perfect? Heck no.
Do I get frustrated with some of the content of ATS? Yes, indeed.
During the last year or so, I have been preparing some posts putting forward a few ideas of my own which might help ATS make a more significant
contribution to ufology (and developing a few tools which might help some of the members of ATS).
Some of the problems that I perceive are:
(a) the gap between posts in the forums and knowledge which can be found (with a bit of work) in various books.
(b) posts being made by people that haven't found relevant material that is available on some of the better UFO websites.
(c) the regular appearance of certain debunked photos of "aliens" and videos of "UFOs" despite clear evidence that the relevant material is
(d) many members of ATS seem to have a large amount of energy and technical knowledge (e.g. regarding creating websites), but lack a detailed
knowledge of the history of ufology which could be useful in guiding their energy. On the other hand, some of the individuals that I know with a
detailed knowledge of the history of ufology lack the time, energy or technical knowledge to share their knowledge and insight in an efficient manner.
Before I post my own thoughts and suggestions (which still require my finding quite a bit more spare time to finally get some tools ready to share
with others - and time is limited due to work and family commitments...), I would be very interested in hearing any thoughts of other members of ATS
(1) the real problems in relation to ufology;
(2) what more (if anything) the members of ATS can do to address those problems;
(3) whether (and, if so, how) links with the wider ufo "community" could be improved.
Please post any thoughts that occur to you (including, if you think it is the case, that everything in relation to ufology/ATS is already