Announcement: Bigfoot Ballyhoo has been under attack, in the past, by a couple of people who wished Ballyhoo and its editors to look as if they were hoaxing information.
One of the biggest examples would be the claim that we made up the ESP Team, Bill Emery, Cole Saxton and the late Hank Parchell. A well-known bigfoot researcher found photos that looked like Emery, Saxton and Parchell. He claimed the three to be the real men and not any part of the ESP Team. (In fact, he claimed there was no ESP Team).
And then while the Emery Team was processing trail cam photos a couple were sent to Ballyhoo. These photos turned out to be well-known bigfoot photos, one from a movie and one of Patty. The technician’s son that was processing the trail cam photos replaced the real photos with fakes. In good faith Emery sent the dallied-with photos to Ballyhoo. When it was found out what happened it was explained.
Another photo of a footprint with a believable history was given Ballyhoo to post. Turned out to be Tim Fasano’s photo from Florida. Again, we’ve given explanations for each occurrence. We were hoaxed.
We in time recognized each hoax and explained what happened
I really think it's a bad idea to limit comments on the blog. I understand that it's been unpleasant, recently, but that's the dynamic of the web.
Your site has been interesting, to me, precisely because it's not the traditional "scientific" Bigfoot website. It's always been a bit quirky but that's the appeal. As I mentioned, it has never come across as a serious research site but there are already plenty of those. Regardless, how serious is website oriented towards an animal that does not officially exist?
Anyhow, my point is that if you limit commentary then you limit the "color" and appeal of your blog. As I advised, just put a disclaimer stating that you can't certify that any of the content is 100% true in that your readers pass along information, stories and opinions. Something along those lines.
Your mistake was not in sharing information or even promoting the information that was shared with you. Your mistake was in guaranteeing that the information was true. Other than that, everything was just fine.
Unless, you want to lose readership or investigate the authenticity of every last post; I would just post a disclaimer and proceed with business as usual.
There's plenty of room in the Bigfoot community for your site. Just play by the rules and you'll be just fine. Furthermore, you may continue getting a bunch of ugly commentary for a while but so what? It just brings in more readers. The comments will taper off as posters get bored with tormenting you; especially if you don't react.
Finally, I would not worry about the Steve Kulls guy. He's not nearly as funny as some of the other commentators and if I remember correctly, he was somehow involved with the Biscardi, frozen monkey thing. He claims he revealed the hoax but I think that initially, he was somehow mixed up in it. As an aside, what kind of grown man runs around wearing camo and a side arm; if he's not active military or police? Frankly, I'm not sure he even carries a gun. It may be something else in that thigh holster. Of course, that would make him even more ridiculous.
He's, by far, his biggest fan and a self promoter if I have ever seen one. I don't know the man but he just rubs me the wrong way. It's partly his appearance as well as his self appointed title of "squatch deputy" or whatever he calls himself.
Regardless, of the potential ugly commentary, open up the blog for posting. Freedom of speech is an all or nothing thing; know what I mean?
A secret to tell: Someone put on this blog, under comments, the phone number and address of Bill Emery. I took the information off as quickly as I could but still damage was done. It is my guess he has no use for blogs at this time. And of course if you've read this blog for anytime at all, you know we've been waiting for news of his bigfoot trail cam photos. In an email to me he said he would not give this blog any more information, including the photos. I'm sick about it. We can only wait and hope he changes his mind and at least gives us one good photo. We will just have to wait.
We will be leaving on Tuesday for two weeks at Squaw Lake. With the help of snowmobiles, we will get back into camp. Hope to have some kind of news soon. There will be five of us this time, as we have added a tracker and a hound to our party. The group will be Paul from USFS, animal behavior specialist; Julie, USFS biologist; Sam Cartwright, special tracker USFS and Dale.
Comment date: Jan. 25, 2010
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I write along with my husband Christopher Perry. We are the authors of a Viking Age Novel, Forced Blood The Norseman and several bigfoot children's books. I author the blog Bigfoot Ballyhoo. I'm a bigfoot believer and I hope the animal will be "found" soon.
Linda and Chris, we had great success last night and early this morning. Bigfoot came within 25 feet of me and Hank. We put out salt licks last night to see if the animal would try to take it and he did. I am enclosing a snap of #6 camera. DO NOT put it on the site yet. We don’t want another thing like last week. You may tell your readers of it though. All together we got 4 shots. They will have to all be enhanced but we believe all are very good. This shot was at 6 AM, Sunday Aug. 8, 2010. The image in the background is an old rotten cedar stump. Thanks for your support!
P.S. Emery finally said it was okay to put the photo on Ballyhoo.