Hi, I'm new here and I want to apologize if a similar topic is already around.
When I first heard about the Mars One project a few months ago - at that time I became interested in the question when humans will fly to Mars and heard that maintaining a human outpost there would be possible - I was simply amazed. I spent one and a half day reading through their website and searching the web about it. At that time I also became a member of the forum. Everything seemed so determined that I didn't question all of this.
This changed a few weeks later, when I was reading what critics had to say about it - and they seemed to be right. How can a team of few people, with none of them being a real expert in astrophysics/aerospace engineering/etc., can dare to take on such a huge project? They said they've been thinking through their concept for one year before they made it public, because this was a huge project and needed to be very well designed and thought out. But others, being experts in their field, have thought about it half their lifetime and still haven't claimed that it will be possible very soon? Mars One told us that all of their hardware components would be available - fine, but do they function together? They claim to attempt not only to fly people to Mars (which is an unbelievably huge task by itself) but to let them stay and live there! There are just so many factors determining the success of such a mission, how can they just come up with a few hardware components and say it is possible?
To make things worse, the head of the team, Bas Lansdorp, appears to me not to be sufficiently competent to lead this enormous enterprise. I find the answers he gives in the interviews not satisfying. In short, this seemed to me almost certainly to be a hoax and I was ashamed I trusted this project in the beginning. Then I joined The Mars Society (which I recommend to everyone here) to support a group of people and a leader of the organization I could really trust because of his engagement and competence (Robert Zubrin).
However, my view on Mars One changed again. For me it was because Chris McKay joined the advisors. Just as well could have Robert Zubrin joined! I was irritated and rethought my worries. I came to the point where I would just impatiently wait and see what happens next. And here I am now.
Now my questions are: Can you trust this project and because of what? Let me point to the fact that Bas Lansdorp and his team aim to gather lots and lots of money before anything happens. And at some point they'll even agree to receive funds from people like you and me. What kind of assurance can the team offer its supporters? Now they aim to start with the TV series next year, but that as well might be scripted reality. To be radically critical, even the landing on Mars could be scripted and be executed here on Earth (see the sceptics of the Moon landing).
Don't get me wrong, I'm the last person who wants to destroy any chance to make human life multiplanetary as soon as possible. But if we're not being critical, then we really cannot dare to support such a serious mission as bringing humans to Mars.