There are a lot of people on Facebook who hope to join groups of interest. If your interest is the subject of Bigfoot, I would suggest you be very cautious.
I have had literally hundreds of complaints from others who were bullied, attacked, even threatened with bodily assault. This field particularly is a seriously thug-filled atmosphere, but if you know how to weed through it, you can learn about groups you can join that are free with sharing knowledge, being patient, answering questions, and never ever allowing personal attacks (taking them down immediately and banning members who do so).
Play nicely in the sandbox that is Bigfootery!
First, don't let the title of the group tell you anything about the group. There are groups that use words like "sanity" and "science" and "discussion" in their names and that has NOTHING to do with the content or the members.
First, if you are into the field of Bigfoot research, you will want to know the names of people that you have had problems with before. If you see them as admins or even members of the group, step away. I keep a blacklist in the field so I know the names and groups I should avoid.
People's actions and their associations say much about their true agendas.
If you don't know anyone in the field, look through the page and see what kind of subjects and discussions are going on and the dialogue between the members.
Look for warning signs of people who scream, rant and point fingers at others who are not present to defend themselves or if they are ranting at another member on the wall and downgrading to just name calling without supporting their intellectual issues with the subject. There is no need to tear someone down to get your point across.
Just know that, if they do this to others on the wall, they will do it to you! I guarantee it. It also shows a lack of ethics in general to allow the page to deteriorate to rants and name calling.
See if subjects shared have to do with open discussions about the subject. Are people allowed to differ on their opinion of what a photo content is? Can they discuss without it deteriorating to playground language? Are people sharing information, allowing new information, encouraging discussion?
Being a good host of a site is critical to its survival.
One site on Facebook recently allowed someone I don't even know to rant about me and show photos of me on the posting. I am angry, not for me (I can handle bullshit), but for all the women that might have their photos posted and someone they don't know stalking them and ranting in public about them without them even knowing it! That is disgusting and has nothing to do with "sanity" in the field.
So, I suggest that you give the site a good read before you join up because your name on their wall is a tacit way of agreeing with the content. If you can't stand up for someone not represented or give your own valid opinion with logical reasoning, then leave and share the knowledge with others of what group to avoid!
The hope is that these groups, that become nothing more than popular cliques for bullies and loudmouths with no intellectual substance, will be beaten down and die from scaring people off.
You can support open discussion in the field of research while forcing these Facebook pages/groups to exercise logic, reasoning, and consideration for other humans and their opinions, by simply blacklisting the bad ones and sharing the knowledge with others of who these bad groups are.
When you find a good group and you are confident about its content, members, and supportive atmosphere, please share it with others! We need to reinforce positive research and discussion while letting the bullies die from atrophy.
If you are curious about the group that allowed that rant on the wall, please email me and I'd be happy to warn you.
Just so you know, this was posted today on one of those pages of bullies and thugs and encouraged by the admin. I will happily divulge more names and the group's name to avoid them.