Moderator Bios

These are bios for the r/UFOs moderators. Mods are not required to provide bios as we aim to accommodate any desired level of anonymity amongst various members of the team. Our goal with this page is to provide some additional context to who we are and our interest in ufology. Entries are sorted by when moderators first joined the team.

timmy242

JOINED: 7/19/2015

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MKULTRA_Escapee

JOINED: 5/21/2020

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expatfreedom

JOINED: 6/2/2022

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Silverjerk

JOINED: 6/6/2021

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LetsTalkUFOs

Joined: 6/6/2021

How did you first learn about UFOs?

I watched the Unsolved Mysteries episode on the Cash-Landrum incident when I was ten years old and it permanently altered my sense of what might be out there in the universe. I had not encountered the phenomenon in a formal form before then.

What’s your relationship with the subject been like since then?

My interest became more studious when I first discovered Greer’s Disclosure Project and felt subsequently driven towards many different materials in 2003. I progressively digested an increasing number of books and videos until I started to feel like I was trapped in an intellectual vacuum regarding the subject in 2017. I then decided to take a stab at answering some of the most common questions on the subreddit while externalizing my findings, which became the basis for this wiki and largely led to me being accepted as a subreddit moderator. I’ve tried to find ways to collaborate with prominent figures and elevate discussion on the subject while continually diving deeper into the mystery. I have a deep interest in non-ordinary experiences in general and how they might best be integrated towards informing and evolving dominant perspectives. I’ve since helped create websites for ufologists and groups such as Jacques Vallee, Ryan Sprague of Somewhere In the Skies, the Youtube channel It’s Redacted, and Declassify UAP.

What do you think best explains the most significant cases?

I suspect the IDH (Interdimensional Hypothesis) best explains the most significant cases, but I don’t think it actually says much since the implications inherent to the most peculiar cases cast deep shadows over our consensus notions of dimensionality and the fundamental nature of being. I think the best forms of answers are parsed individually through rigorous analysis of experiencer accounts, however strange and contradictory at times.

What are your general thoughts on the state of ufology these days?

The subject has made remarkable strides towards becoming more legitimized and seriously considered by the general public in recent years. Although, for anyone who was already deeply nestled within the community, it probably looks or feels like a dumpster fire buried underneath a ton of noise at times. I’ve personally had to look away from the frontpage and firehose of information in order to focus on other aspects or to not be caught up in the phases of zeitgiest surrounding the latest claims or cases.

There is remarkable work being done in specific areas, but it seems to depend on where you’re engaging and what aspect of the phenomenon you’re engaging with. Darren King’s work is highly exceptional, but largely unknown, for example. I think if someone considers experiencer accounts valid enough to pursue studying them, they then enter a somewhat different realm or forums of discussion with different challenges and mysteries.

Who do you think are some of the most relevant voices in ufology?

Experiencers are the most relevant voices, as they represent ‘front-line’ of direct interactions with the phenomenon and NHI. Past them, I would consider whistleblowers such as David Grusch and Dan Sherman to be the most significant since their claims, if validated, have the most potential to move the subject and some form of disclosure forward.

In terms of researchers and public figures, I would consider Jacques Vallee, Richard Dolan, Darren King (ExoAcademian), John Greenewald, and Leslie Kean to be the best of those I’m familiar with.

Have you read any books related to ufology? What are your favorites?

I think Leslie Kean’s UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go On the Record (2010) is the best introduction to ufology from a journalistic perspective. I’ve also enjoyed many of Jacques Vallee and Richard Dolan’s books. I consider Beyond UFOs: The Science of Consciousness & Contact with Non Human Intelligence (2018) the most exciting book in recent years, as it’s the results of the only significant, quantitative study of experiencers of the phenomenon to date.

Why are you interested in moderating?

I enjoy the opportunity and challenge of elevating conversations on ufology. The subreddit represents the largest container for this currently online and moderating has allowed me to grow a variety of design, technical, and other skills in a collaborative environment with equally crazy people.

Reddit Moderator teams act as their own form of sub-community for individuals who are passionate and devoted to learning about specific subjects. This team is no exception and I’m deeply thankful to have been able to get to know many of them personally, learn from them, and watch the community evolve.

SakuraLite

JOINED: 9/13/2021

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VCAmaster

JOINED: 9/13/2021

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realrhema

JOINED: 3/25/2022

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Malannan

JOINED: 3/25/2022

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Snopplepop

JOINED: 7/1/2022

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Excalibat

JOINED: 7/21/2022

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jetboyterp

JOINED: 7/1/2022

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5tinger

JOINED: 7/1/2022

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darthtrevino

JOINED: 7/11/2022

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kudles

JOINED: 7/11/2022

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UsefulReply

JOINED: 11/25/2022

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FragrantFlounder5121

JOINED: 3/3/2023

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WhenLeavesFall

JOINED: 3/3/2023

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AmazonIsDeclining

JOINED: 3/3/2023

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ZolotoG0ld

JOINED: 5/6/2023

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Anonymous_Fishy

JOINED: 6/19/2023

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SgtBanana

JOINED: 7/17/2023

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delbertgrady1921

JOINED: 7/17/2023

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lukaron

JOINED: 7/18/2023

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PsiloCyan95

JOINED: 7/18/2023

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Xovier

JOINED: 7/19/2023

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MsterShifou

JOINED: 7/19/2023

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bmfalbo

JOINED: 7/20/2023

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Ch3w84cc4

JOINED: 7/20/2023

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LarryGlue

JOINED: 7/21/2023

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DoedoeBear

JOINED: 7/21/2023

How did you first learn about UFOs?

My father was a MUFON investigator and an avid Ufology enthusiast while I was growing up, so I was exposed to a plethora of UFO lore and conspiracies at a young age. One of my first memories I recall with my father was in the 90s when we were watching an alien autopsy video that later turned out to likely be a hoax. While he may have unintentionally introduced nightmare fuel to a 4-year-old, he also inspired my imagination in such a way that I would challenge society’s general dismissive nature towards the study of the unexplained for the rest of my life.

My relationship with my father has since been strained, but our shared interest in the UFO/UAP phenomenon always keeps us connected, even during times when calling each other on holidays is too much to hope for.

What’s your relationship with the subject been like since then?

Unbeknownst to me, I was more UFO-nerd lite till July of 2023 when I was brought on to mod r/ufos. I really thought I had a leg up on most with my knowledge of UFOs and popular cases. While answering mod application questions it became increasingly apparent that I was pretty uninformed.

My relationship with the subject since then has been quite intimate, to say the least. In this role, I feel like I’m hovering right above the pulse of the UFO community. I’ve learned more than I ever expected to about the phenomenon, alleged subject matter experts and popular theories. Last conversation I had with my father, I was informing him of the latest updates in Ufology. Never would have thought that was possible prior to joining the team.

What do you think best explains the most significant cases?

The truly anomalous cases, which represent a small percentage of reported sightings, are a mystery to me. I honestly have no idea and can’t say with certainty what I believe and not have that idea change next week. I used to think, like most folks, that extraterrestrial origins were the most likely; however, I’ve heard good arguments that suggest terrestrial, interdimensional, multidimensional, or temporal origins.

What are your general thoughts on the state of ufology these days?

I think we can all agree ufology is experiencing a bit of a golden era following the 2017 New York Times article, 60 minutes interview with Fravor and the other Navy pilots, and recent UAP hearing with David Grusch. Despite these exciting developments, ufology still faces challenges. Distinguishing credible reports from hoaxes (especially with the rise of AI) or misidentifications of emerging tech remains difficult, and the subject, as we know, is prone to sensationalism.

I want to encourage and advocate for the side of ufology that remains pragmatic, skeptical, and rooted in empirical evidence/data, but also open to explanations that expand beyond our current understanding of how the universe works. Always be skeptical but be skeptical of skeptics as well.

Who do you think are some of the most relevant voices in ufology?

Please note: The inclusion of individuals below in the list of relevant ufology voices does not mean I agree with all claims, speculation, or statements they’ve brought forth regarding the phenomenon. To me, they are the loudest voices in the space that can have significant impact on how the subject is viewed by the masses.

In no particular order: Jacques Vallée, George Knapp, Jeremy Corbell, Luis Elizondo, Ross Coulthart, David Grusch, Ryan Graves, Dr. Avi Loeb, Christopher Mellon, Leslie Kean, Gary Nolan, Mick West, Nick Pope, Steven Greenstreet, Nick Pope, etc.

Have you read any books related to ufology? What are your favorites?

Prior to joining the mod team, I had not read any UFO books. At that time, I was kept informed about the UFO space through articles, documentaries, and reading through UFO/UAP related material in publicly available FOIA databases.

I have since read several books. My favorites so far include:

The UFO Experience: Evidence Behind Close Encounters, Project Blue Book, and the Search for Answers by J. Allen Hynek (Author), Paul Hynek (Foreword)

UFO: The Inside Story of the US Government’s Search for Alien Life Here―and Out There by Garrett M. Graff (Author)

Why are you interested in moderating?

I am incredibly passionate about this topic and want to stay on top of exciting developments as they happen. Being a moderator of r/ufos allows me to do this, while also having access to a team of individuals I’ve grown to have a great deal of respect for and actively seek out insight from. I enjoy this role a lot and hope we (mods and subreddit members) help promote elevated discourse about UFOs/UAPs in such a way that it attracts individuals new to the topic and encourages them to join our push for full disclosure.

kittenmachine69

JOINED: 7/21/2023

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BEAT___BRAIN

JOINED: 7/21/2023

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Raidicus

JOINED: 7/23/2023

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PiscesMoonchild22

JOINED: 7/23/2023

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stranj_tymes

JOINED: 7/24/2023

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mattperkins86

JOINED: 7/25/2023

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Cycode

JOINED: 8/7/2023

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Luc-

JOINED: 11/19/2023

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youbigfatmess

JOINED: 11/26/2023

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ifnotthefool

JOINED: 11/28/2023

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JunkTheRat

JOINED: 11/28/2023

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kris_lace

JOINED: 12/4/2023

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chainspellist

JOINED: 1/1/2024

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gatesthree

JOINED: 1/1/2024

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Ratkinzluver33

JOINED: 1/2/2024

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BladeDravenX

JOINED: 1/8/2024

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sandy_soup

JOINED: 1/8/2024

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A_Magic_Puffin

JOINED: 1/8/2024

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DuelingGroks

JOINED: 1/8/2024

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Gobble_Gobble

JOINED:1/8/2024

How did you first learn about UFOs?

I’ve had an interest since I was a kid, although I can’t pinpoint how that actually happened – probably from watching various documentaries on TV (likely The Discovery Channel or TLC up here in Canada – back when those channels aired that type of programming)

What’s your relationship with the subject been like since then?

I’ve followed the subject on-and off since the 90s, back when most info was on forums like AboveTopSecret and Geocities pages with twinkling star.gif background images and x_files.midi files playing in the background! I remember I even downloaded “UFO” compilation videos from P2P file-sharing platforms (Napster, Kazaa, Limewire, etc…) well before the days of YouTube. As time has passed, I’ve dipped in and out of the subject, checking in every so often to see what sort of new info may have trickled out into the public. Since early 2017, however, that interest has skyrocketed, and I’m now heavily following the subject. My durational review prior to 2017 has provided a great deal of context and exposure to broad-scoped UFO/UAP material which has served me well with the more recent stuff.

What do you think best explains the most significant cases?

I lean towards Jacques Vallée’s work here along with experiencer data; I think it’s either a multitude of things – potentially masquerading as a single source, or perhaps it is in fact a single source that simply manifests as a multitude of phenomenology – UFOs being one such branch of the tree of possibilities. As with many other researchers, I tend to agree that consciousness may play a big role here and shouldn’t be left out of the study of the overall phenomenon. We’re probably going to need a holistic approach to figuring it out, and that involves the nuts ‘n bolts side of things along with the high-strangeness / anomalous cognition and intuitive functioning side as well. My hope is to see the subject (including adjacent fields) professionalized and engaged with by academia more broadly at an international level.

What are your general thoughts on the state of ufology these days?

I’m overall pretty optimistic about the direction we’re heading. I’m encouraged by the gradual professionalization and elevation of the topic, and the seriousness with which it is taken at the institutional, academic and governmental level. More work needs to be done to encourage the mainstream media to cover the topic, but some progress is being made. We’re still trending upwards, which is good.

Who do you think are some of the most relevant voices in ufology?

I’d include folks like Jacques Vallée, John Mack, Leslie Kean, Stanton Friedman, Richard Dolan, Grant Cameron, George Knapp, James Fox, John Greenewald, Jeffrey Mishlove, Dean Radin, Daniel Sheehan, Nick Cook, and Steven Greer (despite some controversy, I think his early disclosure project efforts in particular merit mentioning here).

More recently, I would also include folks like Luis Elizondo, Chris Mellon, (TTSA/Invisible College Crowd), David Grusch, Jeremy Corbell, Ross Coulthart, Chris Sharp, Garry Nolan, Avi Loeb, Diana Pasulka, Ryan Graves, David Fravor, Sean Cahill, Jay King, and James Iandoli. I’m sure I could mention many others as well.

Have you read any books related to ufology? What are your favorites?

I’ve been pretty scattered with my consumption of UFO material over the years, often opting to read a specific chapter of a book as opposed to a cover-to-cover read, depending what I’m looking into at a given point in time. I’ve read passages from John Keel, Jacques Vallée, and Leslie Kean. Some from Ross Coulthart; some from the Sekret Machines books. It’s all over the place, and most of my knowledge is pieced together from a durational study of the topic from a wide body of sources including books, documentaries, interviews, news coverage, historical cases and others.

Why are you interested in moderating?

I spend a lot of time these days consuming long-form podcasts and interviews to stay informed on the latest UFO/UAP news and events. This also includes frequent browsing of the /r/ufos subreddit, and reading through the wide range of discussions that take place. I resonated with the need to have more help with moderation as the subreddit grows, and decided to volunteer to help keep things operating smoothly. As the topic becomes more mainstream, it is inevitable that more people will begin flocking to the subreddit to find information, and I’d like to help ensure that people new to the subject have a good experience.

My motivation is to see people get good, up-to-date, reliable and accurate information, and I think the subreddit can often be a place where this can occur. Thoughtful moderation is one such tool to facilitate this.

AdBig7524

JOINED: 1/8/2024

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Yazman

JOINED: 1/10/2024

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itsnotcalledchads

JOINED: 1/10/2024

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YouCanLookItUp

JOINED: 1/10/2024

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joeyisnotmyname

JOINED: 1/11/2024

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saltysomadmin

JOINED: 1/11/2024

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nevergoingbrokefsho

JOINED: 1/14/2024

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tehcheez

JOINED: 1/14/2024

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LimpCroissant

JOINED: 1/14/2024

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PyroIsSpai

JOINED: 1/14/2024

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Long-Ad3383

JOINED: 1/15/2024

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sevendaysworth

JOINED: 1/17/2024

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mickeyWatch

JOINED: 1/18/2024

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Kindred87

JOINED: 1/21/2024

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JOINED: 1/25/2024

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