Many months ago I replaced my signature with the same sentence I'm now using to title this thread. Here's the thing, I found this lovely community
in 2007 when Jose Escamilla's Interstellar got published and I decided to look it up on Google just to find out more about the film. This
"documentary" was followed by months of discussion amongst the users which finally exposed how exactly this was filmed.
But many things have changed since that time to now, and I believe the boost of populary ATS had (Robbie Williams maybe?) is one of the reasons.
Regardless, I need to express how disappointing it is to read some of the current threads.
There are two main problems I believe. The first one comes with UFO believers. There are two kinds of them: the first kind is the one that keeps on
making threads about videos or pictures who already were discussed at length and it was proved not to be a UFO. You can blame this simply to users not
searching before opening a thread, but either way I don't think it's that hurtful to the community. The second kind is the one that posts videos and
pictures which are obviously fake or at least are misidentified objects. Within that group there are a couple of people that would actually create a
hoax and post it here just to see our reactions. Let's take a look at this thread for instance:
That video shows a bug on a window. It's obvious. The fact that the "object" is so out of focus means that it's really close to the camera, and
the movement (the fact that it drops and it crawls back up) is exactly the one a bug would show. Anyone looking at this video will immediately know it
is a bug and there's really not much sense in making complex tests just to prove it. However the OP found it necessary to post it here. There are two
options, either he created that hoax deliberately or he actually believed there was an alien craft on the sky and although it was invisible to the
naked eye he could reveal it using his cellphone camera. Nonetheless the thread went on and on and on contributing nothing to the community or the
field except ridicule.
Threads like this abound lately. A user post a video he believes is showing an UFO when it's either a fake or a video of something else, and it
doesn't appear to stop them from posting it even if a blatant hoax. At the top of my head I'm thinking about "diamond UFOs" which it has been
established ages ago that they are merely lens distortions. I could also mention those users who post a video showing a dot in the sky which doesn't
make any particular maneuver for us to consider it otherworldly and yet they keep popping up.
The other problem with some UFO believers is that they're not really open to hear different opinions. When a user tries to debunk a video lately he
gets attacked, the believers then ignore him and the discussion about the video continues, but this time the only participants are other UFO believers
("check it out at 0:20, the UFO is activating its cloaking device!" when the dot in the sky is simply being covered by a cloud [this was just an
example]) so in turn the thread becomes ridiculous and useless, which connects to the previous point and with time it only makes people stop wanting
to read the forum. There are also other problems with believers such as interpreting the smallest thing as a life changing event ("Disney is showing
a UFO on its latest film, disclosure is neigh!!") or believing in extreme reports which cannot be truth simply because there's only one source (the
UK pyramids come to mind).
But there are other problems that comes with UFO skeptics. ATS has created a sort of "skepticism school" which is really cool because it keeps dumb
cases away, but some people are putting on the debunker cap when they have little knowledge about many subjects. There are those still who believe
it's a sign of image altering when an object is surrounded with a square box of pixels when in fact that's how JPG compression works. There are
other debunkers who focus in debunking a small part of the story posted and when they do they feel the whole thing was exposed when all they've done
was marked a simple mistake. Example: if I find and old photograph my father took on 1975 which I believe is showing a picture and I post it here,
some debunkers may look at the it and come to the conclusion that it couldn't have been taking in 1975. This however doesn't debunk the UFO itself,
simply a part of my story which will not make me a liar or a hoaxer.
Not to mention those debunkers who simply post their truth without anything to support it and become rude to the OP. I remember a particular thread in
which a user accused the OP of killing some animals in order to create a hoax when actually all he had done was taking a picture of them, but there
was nothing that would indicate that they were killed by the OP.
This helps creating an ambient which goes from extremely boring to sort of violent and I believe it's ripping this community apart, which is kind of
sad. Luckly there are still very interesting people around (tauristercus and GeminiSky come to mind on the "believers" side, internos and ArMaP on
the "debunkers" side; there are a lot more of course) who are willing to contribute something valuable here. Regardless if you agree with their view
or not, at least they are putting in some deep thought into their posts.
Anyway, sorry for the rant, just wanted to share my thoughts.