Thursday, January 26, 2012
UFO UpDates and Magoniax
We sneak into UFO UpDates now and then to see how the lower half lives.
Surprisingly, the site for “list members” – the mantle readers and users of the site like to be known by – has become a link source for newspapers, magazine, and internet sites, losing it’s previous cachet as a source for UFO news and ideas by ufology’s “best and brightest.”
Errol Bruce-Knapp has lost his site’s dominance for unique UFO ideas and news, mostly because most UFO mavens seek more dynamic sites and blogs about UFOs.
UpDates is really old school, using a format that was good for the 1970s but not anywhere near what the trends are for 2012.
UpDates is so over…
Our friend Chris Aubeck allowed us back into his Yahoo sited Magoniax (once Jerry Clark departed), where “members” provide UFO and UFO-like observations from archived sources mostly.
Chris’s forum is a repository more than anything, used by such oldsters as Ray Dickenson and Martin Shough (both are also UpDate “contributors”), who like to gather UFO materials, just to have them.
They don’t do anything, as far as we can tell, with the stuff they collect. They are hoarders.
We’ve touched on this before: the collection of sightings, just to collect then.
What Chris is planning is not known by us, but we hope it’s something more than a litany of old observations that have a UFO patina.
Getting rid of the hoarders and encouraging theoretical UFO hobbyists would go a long way toward cleansing Magoniax and saving UFO UpDates.