Recently, there seems to have been a surge in the number of threads started here on ATS in the UFO & Aliens forum with a video unaccompanied by any
More and more videos seem to be posted here with just a breathless claim (often with lots of CAPITAL LETTERS or multiple exclamation points !!!!!!!)
that we must watch it NOW or that it contains the best evidence EVER, without any indication of what the video really shows.
Such videos are often accompanied by a statement that the poster is not aware of the video having been posted on ATS before.
However, in most cases it has been posted on ATS before. Usually several times. And fairly often it has to the (HOAX) forum following it having been
What can be done about people that plonk (i.e. put noisily and rather clumsily) videos into the
UFO & Aliens forum on ATS?
Well, we could direct the plonkers to the Terms and Conditions here on ATS
15k.) Video links/embeds: You will not embed or Post a link to a video without a reasonable description of its content and why it interests you, is
germane to the topics discussed on the Websites or the topic of an existing thread should you post it in a reply to an existing thread.
However, I’m sure most members of ATS have not studied the Terms and Conditions in any detail (nor do I think it's realistic to criticise someone
for failing to do so).
All too often the response by other members of ATS to such plonking of a Youtube video onto ATS for the nth time is simply that the plonker should
have used the search function. However, it is relatively difficult to use the search function to see if a video or photo has been posted. All too
often, the previous thread on ATS does not contain obvious keywords that can be easily found unless you happen to recall some detail of the previous
So, could we all adopt practices that we can hope that the plonkers will see and adopt?
Here are a couple of possibilities for such practices that have occurred to me. (I’d welcome any thoughts from other members on these, or other,
Originally posted by IsaacKoi
(1) When posting a Youtube video on ATS, if the exact title of the video as stated on Youtube is included in the accompanying description of the video
then it will be MUCH easier to find the discussion of that video in the future.
(2) When posting a Youtube video on ATS, if it is accompanied by a statement that the poster has done (at least) a search of ATS for the exact title
of that video then this would show that the poster has at least put a tiny bit of effort into checking to see if there has been any previous
discussion of the video.
Of course, these short and easy practices would not be complete solutions – but I think they may help significantly.
So, do you think it is worth trying to set an example for plonkers by adopting either (or both) of these practices?
Are there other practices that should be adopted as well, or instead of, these two suggestions?
All the best,
P.S. I know I probably should not bother trying to address this issue. I’d probably be better off paying more attention to the cartoon below:
edit on 22-3-2011 by IsaacKoi because: (no reason given)