posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 12:35 PM
"Can someone here point the way to Yoda's cave so I can get the straight scope as to whether a post is fact or fiction before it's completely
written, because I seemed to have missed that portion when signed up.
Call me crazy, but I think being able to ascertain whether a story as merit or not belongs to the individual reader and anybody attempting to derail
someone's post before completion does so with an egregious personal agenda. Just my opinion"
In response to your post--
My self and others have expressed that they doubt the OP's sincerity. I don't think we have an egregious personal agenda.
Let me explain why some would want to call-out a poster for potential fakery.
Most folks who come to these boards have an interest in uncommon/generally "not respected" topics such as UFO's, various conspiracy theories,
cryptozoology, etc. Many of us who enjoy these topics are the subject of ridicule by others. Also, there are people who enjoy toying with us
"fringe" types. I, and many others, have been let down by the MANY hoaxers on ATS. We are all seeking truthful, enlightening information. It angers
many that some would come to these boards simply to make fun of the subject matter that we are interested in.
Does it serve a purpose to RESPECTFULLY say, and without personal attacks, "I think the O.P. is being dishonest because of reason x,y,z"? I say YES
it does serve a purpose. There have been times when readers of a thread have been strung along, and have a lot of emotion invested in the so-called
"truth" that a poster is offering. And, by bringing up potential flags of a hoax, the O.P. has admitted to being a hoaxer!
So, the only egregious personal agenda I have in pointing out a potential hoaxer, is that I don't wish others to experience the emotional let-downs I
have had in the past.
Is it my business to safeguard anyone from getting their feeling hurt? No, and I can accept that.
But I also don't like the fact that there are those who enjoy spending their free time trying to con others.
There's my 2 cents...