Archive for May, 2012
There are two pages that will automatically adjust the membership ranking. One is controlled by only DBA’s and the other is when someone brings up the membership profile of a member.
The membership rank is determined as followings:
- Each location you add (and is DBA approved) * 5 points
- Each history record you add (and is DBA approved) * 2 points
- Each story you add (and is DBA approved) * 3 points
- Each claim you add (and is DBA approved) * 4 points
- Each evidence records you add (and is DBA approved) * 10 points
- Each resource record you add (and is DBA approved) * 1 point
- Each time someone views your profile * 1 point
That is all added together, giving the membership rank.
Now… if you add 1 location with the minimum requirements needed for DBA approval… you will get location(5) + history (2) + claim (4) = 11 points. Add some supporting resources for the location and evidence… you could easily get 20+ points for your location.
You can also add additional information to other’s locations to earn (gain) additional points.
So, the more you contribute to the database, the higher your membership rank.
Plain and simple, PANICd.com is an on-line database of locations with reported paranormal activity. Although we have other paranormal related information on the site, the build of the site is the paranormal location database.
The PANICd Team is not Paranormal Investigators, we are paranormal researchers. Once we hear about the claims, we research evidence on the Internet, within books, through multimedia, or through library and historical society archives. Sometimes we may go out on location and collect research evidence as a normal paranormal investigator would, but this is for research to be added to the database.
All information within the database can be added by anyone; however, it is not displayed to the public until it is “DBA Approved”. What this means is that a PANICd Database Administrator has reviewed the information for proper formatting and source information and has approved it to be displayed to the public.
The “DBA Approval” is done for two reasons:
- To make sure that the information entered within the database is not garbage and is properly cited as to where it comes from either a direct link on the Internet or from an offline publication.
- To ensure that spam does not make its way into the database and corrupt the records.
Minimum information to be DBA APPROVED, a location must have at the least the following:
- Name and address to location (so it can be geocoded and added to the map)
- A photograph of the location (if none can be found, we have even used a snapshot of Google Maps)
- At least one history record
- At least one paranormal claim
You can always come back and additional information. Each location will have the following:
- Demographic information
- Address (required)
- Web Address (optional)
- Phone Number (optional)
- Photograph of location (required)
- History about the location (at least 1 required)
- Stories about the location
- Paranormal Claims about the location (at least 1 required)
- Evidence of the paranormal claims as:
- text (journal case log)
- audio (EVP)
Finding a location to add to the database is a very simple task. There are thousands of paranormal locations on the Internet, several different TV shows that cover paranormal locations, as well as, several publications that talk about the topic.
You can even construct a Google search for paranormal locations by state or area. Ex: “paranormal Ohio”, “paranormal Texas”.
Verify it is not in the database
Once you find a location, make sure it is not already in the database. The easiest way to do this (at the time of writing this tutorial) is to look at the listing when you go to add a new location. This listing is on the following page: http://www.panicd.com/main.php?p=13 or by connecting as follows:
2. Click on Locations
3. On the main locations page, click Add a Location
The listing is sorted by state, and you can quickly see if the location is already in the database or not. IF IT IS IN THE DATABASE, you can always contribute more information about the location.
What is needed for DBA approval
In order for a location to be DBA approved, the following items must be added in the database for the location:
1. Complete demographic information. This includes the name and address of the location, a link to the “official” website for the location, and a phone number if possible.
2. A photograph of the location.
3. At least one historical record for the location with a proper source.
4. At least one paranormal claim for the location. Paranormal claims should be short sentences.
That is pretty much it. Once you have collected this information, it is time to go ahead and add the location to the database.
The original philosophy behind the membership levels on PANICd will be changing dramatically here in the very near future. We will no longer require a payment in order to move up in levels of membership.
Regular members will be able to move up based on what they wish to contribute to the database, website, and social networking of PANICd. All members of the group will be invited to attend any gatherings or meetings that we may have in order to collect additional research or investigation locations.
We will be posting the different levels of membership on the Become a PANICd.com Investigator page shortly, so please stay tuned for more information and how you can increase your membership level.
In October of 2011, members of PANICd took a trip to California. Our first overnight stops was the Queen Mary. The PANICd organization is not a paranormal society or investigation group, but a group that has the focus of documenting and collecting information about paranormal location and paranormal history. This trip was a great fact finding mission.
We did have several personal experiences while on board the ship. On of the members heard voices during the night in our state room and another member was pushed during one of the ghost tours, and we had one member get their hair touched within the elevator going down to one of the tours.
We took two tours while on the ship. The first one was one for the general public with somewhat of a “Hollywood” type production; however, we were able to get a photograph of the infamous door 13, where John Pedder was crushed and killed by watertight door number 13 and later has been seen as an apparition in this area.
We do not recommend the first tour, but the behind the scenes ghost story tour which was absolutely full of information and history. Just want PANICd loves to see and hear.
During both tours, we went down to the First Class Pool Area; however, on the second tour, we got to spend more time in this room without all of the special effects. Here we were able to capture some great photographic evidence that will be added to the database archive.
First, look at the following two pictures. One of our members was taking pictures and noticed a black shadow in the photograph preview on the camera. She immediately took another picture as you can see the people in the photo are in the exact location and positions. On the second photograph, the shadow is gone.
Also, after reviewing all of the photos from this area, we found only one picture that had what appears to be an orb hovering over the pool.
In the photo above, we do not think this is dust since it is the only photo of the hundreds that we have taken in this area that has an orb like picture. Also, we do not think this is a reflection or lens flare cause you can clearly see the lights lit up to the left and the flash reflecting off the tile. Again, we do not claim to be investigators, just collectors of possible evidence.
Throughout the ship, there are several plaques that explain the claims that took place in the designated area. Here are a few of those plaques.
Room B340 is considered to be one of the most haunted rooms on the ship. In fact, they no longer rent this room out since most people who stayed within the room either left the ship or asked for their room to be changed. The following is not a video that we took, but one that we found on YouTube.
Here are some of the photos we took of Room B340…
The morning before our tours, there was a fog around the ship (the local call the marine layer) which helped create the following photo. As mentioned above we have several hundred photos from the ship and will be adding more to a board on our Pintrest Page later.