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Re: Non-Investigated Flying Objects

From: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos <ballesterolmos.nul>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 21:16:29 +0200 (CEST)
Archived: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 17:27:28 -0400
Subject: Re: Non-Investigated Flying Objects

>From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 20:36:21 EDT
>Subject: Non-Investigated Flying Objects

>Non-Investigated Flying Objects (NFOs) - Neither UFO or IFO

>I suggest naming the category of non-investigated or
>uninvestigated sightings "NFOs" or Non-investigated Flying
>Objects (NFOs). This is an indeterminate catchall category for
>initial incoming sighting reports prior to any Hynek screening
>or investigation. Most cases will fall into this category and
>never get reclassified as either IFOs or UFOs. The 'NFO' term
>falls nicely in between IFO and UFO alphabetically which is
>conceptually where it belongs.

>For simplicity I include all conventional explanations within
>the scope of the term IFO including cases where there is no
>object at all, such as some hallucinations and hoaxes. I don't
>quibble over hypertechnicalities of the 'flying' term, where
>purists complain that we usually don't know if the object is
>flying using aerodynamic principles, and celestial bodies are
>not 'flying' at all, etc. The traditional 'UFO' term uses the
>word 'flying' and everyone has a rough idea what 'UFO' and 'IFO'
>mean and they don't take it so literally. 'NFO' nicely and
>logically alliterates with IFO and UFO so it will suggest the


List Members:

Brad Sparks rarely says something uninteresting. This is another

NFOS - or, perhaps NIFOs - could be a good term to standardise
the statistics, in addition to UFOs and IFOs. Usually, most case
review tables include a third category for not-investigated
reports, but everybody name them their own way, for example, as
far as the 122 reports proceeding from the declassified UFO
archives of the Spanish Air Force, I had:

Declassified Events by Nature
IFOs: 99 (cases solved, 81.1%)
Insufficient information: 14 (cases with not enough data for
evaluation, 11.5%)
UFOs: 9 (cases with no clear-cut solution, 7.4%)

Insufficient information, lack of data, not-evaluable cases,
etc. were terms used before that could now be now superseded by
NFOs (or NIFOs).

There is a small comment. There are cases with no investigation
that become IFOs (typically, astronomical, because these are so
obvious). But these will be under IFOs. anyway. The concept of
NIFOs then would be not only lack of investigation but also lack
of data quantity enough to permit an identification.

Best regards,

Vicente-Juan  Ballester Olmos
FOTOCAT Blog http://fotocat.blogspot.com/

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