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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the UFO/Research page.

UFO reporting[edit]

Could this talk page also be used as a forum for reporting UFO's? Student Galaxy 19:38, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes, but why not create a new page just for the purpose of collecting such reports? --JWSchmidt 20:26, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
WikiNews might be a better medium for filing individual reports. The wikiformat would be really great for multiple-person sightings since each person can simply search for the date/time/place and then edit in their own details, photos, evidence, etc. Nikki 04:22, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
Actually doesn't look like any of the currently-existing Wikimedia projects would be appropriate for individual reportings. Wikipedia states "This page is not for reporting the paranormal" and I'm not sure if WikiNews would allow it, though there is an option for original reporting. Due to the nature of the topic and the need for extremely detailed and coordinated information (e.g. specific page templates), it might be best to create an independent wiki or request one be made on Metawiki. Nikki 05:03, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
It doesn't look like Metawiki would be helpful either. Someone has surely created an independent wiki already though, perhaps on Wikia. Wikinews does have a UFO desk though: wikinews:UFO. Nikki 05:10, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Do your homework[edit]

You can't possibly gauge the depth of the UFO phenomenon by reading a few books or news articles. The real "dirt" is in the major studies, most notably "Project Blue Book." If you really want to understand why the real Ufologists, such as Stanton Friedman, believe some UFOs are extraterrestrial, you need to study the "unknowns."

Sure, there is no physical evidence of a craft or ET body (not available to the general scientific community or public), but there are physical trace cases backed by eyewitness testimony and radar visuals. There is no doubt in my mind that the craft that several ex-military pilots, paratroopers, and commercial pilots have seen are not manufactured on this planet.

Do your homework and make up your own mind!

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Trevorl314 (talkcontribs) 08:56, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

ufology[edit]

I just started writing a page for this when I found this link! Should I remove the content or try to merge it? This page should be named ufology though. Nikki 04:22, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

I recommend a merge. --HappyCamper 04:29, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

SETI[edit]

I have removed some references to SETI and to a SETI researcher from the resource. SETI is the "Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence." UFO studies refer to Unidentified Flying Objects, and, sure, some people think that UFOs are actual vehicles carrying extraterrestrials. However, SETI, the actual active field of scientific research, is not based -- at all -- on UFO sightings, it is based on the idea that with a vast universe, life might be relatively common, and some of this life might be in a phase of development where the emission of coherent signals takes place, such as with Earth at this time. So intensive searches exist looking for such signals. Sagan's book Contact (and later film) was fiction based on this.

That extraterrestrial life might exist and be detectable is not considered impossible or necessarily even unlikely. It's not "fringe research." However, that such extraterrestrials might maintain some regular presence here, to be seen as UFOs, is not a generally respected idea, it seems close to impossible. Sagan, if I'm correct, did take steps to see that proper research was done into UFO sightings, he was not a pseudoskeptic.

It's misleading to connect SETI research with UFOs, as this resource did. SETI is out there, literally, the search is taking place from sources across our galaxy, and UFOs are, by definition, here. --Abd (discusscontribs) 02:28, 5 July 2014 (UTC)