Searching and Linking to MUFON cases

Mick West

Administrator
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MUFON is a long established organization that maintains a database of "UFO" sightings which sometimes contains things we discuss here on Skydentify. Unfortunately their database system is a little fiddly to access. Often people will find cases in the "Last 20 Reports" link from the home page
https://mufoncms.com/cgi-bin/report_handler.pl?req=latest_reports
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This gives you the basic info of the case, but generally the interesting stuff is in the "Long Description". You can click on this and you will get a pop-up window with the description and a direct link to the long description. For example:
https://mufoncms.com/cgi-bin/report_handler.pl?req=view_long_desc&id=82310
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So people often link to the case with this "long Description" link. Unfortunately this does not include the attachments. Once the case has dropped off the top-20, then only way I've found to get back the links to the attachments is to use the search system. On their home page this is currently a broken link under "Track UFOs". However a working link to the Mufon search system is:
https://mufoncms.com/cgi-bin/report_handler.pl?req=search_page
You can just enter the case number here and you'll get the a single row with the links to the long description and attachments.
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You can also create a direct link that's essentially the same as that search using this link, and just changing the case number at the end:
https://mufoncms.com/cgi-bin/report_handler.pl?req=search_page2&sql_order_primary=f1_submitted_datetime+DESC&case_number=82114

(Technically this is the same as submitting the search form with everything blank except for the case number and the only required field, the primary sorting method)
 
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