I've altered the title again to remove ANY POSSIBLE CONFUSION as to what this thread is about.
This thread was originally titled, "ENOUGH! YouTube Videos in the A/UFO Forum and those who hate them,"
and initiated just over a year ago.
While we experienced some short-term improvement, it appears as though civility and manners in the Aliens & UFOs forum is in short supply again --
primarily as a result of habitual debunkers and those who seek to merely poke fun at sightings of any type.
Let the bumping of this thread serve as an additional and new warning that our staff will not tolerate incivility and and rudeness as is currently
being experienced here.
Such posts are subject to immediate removal and/or actions against your account status on ATS.
Original post below.
I'm really sick and tired of the absolutely HORRID manners some
of our "Skeptics"/"Debunkers" are showing regarding YouTube Videos of alleged
UFOs here on ATS.
I am a skeptic myself, I laugh at 99% of these videos too.
What I don't do
is make an complete ass of myself by reaming out someone who may have been impressed with the video because they don't
have the experience I have.
What I don't do
is automatically accuse them of being a troll, a moron, or hoaxer.
What I actually do is either ignore it, or POLITELY explain why I think it's a fake. In the event I, or someone else, can PROVE it's a fake I move it
to the HOAX forum.
Seriously, I have been trying to keep the peace here by warning the True Believers about their snarky comments and ridiculous "you are blind/close
minded, etc..." statements too, but you guys (YouTube Skeptic's Attack Squad) are NOT helping me.
Effective IMMEDIATELY your choices are to:
1. Ignore the YouTube Video threads.
2. Remember that this IS a discussion forum
(not the House of Facts that are proven), act like a Grown Up and POLITELY offer your
opinion of the video (if you don't have the PROOF it's a fake then all you DO have is your opinion which is no more fabulous than anyone else's) and
then DROP IT or go FIND THE PROOF it's fake and alert me (or any Super Mod/ admin) so we can move it to the HOAX forum
This is the INTERNET, NOT the University of Logic.
You're interacting with people from ALL OVER THE WORLD, many of whom are not privy to the latest CGI, many who are not up on the fact that "video A"
was debunked 6 months ago. We will NOT abide anyone slamming the OP because they already "know" it's been debunked or, because they "just know"
(without proving it) it's CGI.
If you know it's been debunked, GO GET THE link that shows it and BE NICE ABOUT IT. If you only "think" it's CGI, say so but leave the snide remarks
out of it.
Listen, I love the fact that ATS is a meeting ground for both sides of the fence in "Ufology" and trust me when I tell you that one without the other
is a BORING, DEAD place with ZERO activity, just go look at the other 99% of websites that cover this topic, ZERO traffic/Activity. You're lucky to
get 5 posts a week in response to your thread. A site full of people who are all on one side of an issue accomplishes nothing but a bunch of back
slapping mental masturbation.
I'll admit that I also get worn out
by people who simply refuse to accept the facts when they are presented in an OBVIOUS, irrefutable way, you
know what I do? I ignore them after that. I don't bring myself down to the level of a grade school playground bully and try to get a dig in.
Why would I? What does it matter to me if someone on the internet is WRONG?
ATS is an environment for the open, HONEST and CIVIL exchange of ideas and information. Even ridiculously bad YouTube Videos of UFOs. The goal here is
to debunk the bad ones with real science/imaging skills in a CIVIL and GROWN UP manner.
If you don't have the chops to do that then POLITELY (like a grown up) state why you think it's a fake and move on or go find the proof.
Seriously, enough is enough.
edit on 11-17-2011 by SkepticOverlord because:Time to bump and update
edit on 6-22-2012 by Springer because: Altered title to
avoid incredulous confusion