Another misconception is that early remote viewers generally worked without a protocol/method. What is true is that development of the later (military) CRV protocol did not begin until 1981, while Viewers had been working at SRI for 9 years (beginning June 6, 1972) and at Ft. Meade had already been active for 2.5 years (beginning April 1979).
So did these view without protocol? No, and even though at that time there was no name for the working method we now classify as Generic Remote Viewing (GRV), that still followed a set working protocol. Scientific work is not conceivable in any other way. Documents from the SRI document the “Standard Remote Viewing Protocol”, which includes premises such as blinding of viewers and judges, feedback, and, for example, the experimental design of the well-known outbounder experiments.
Mel Riley and Joe McMoneagle, who had been viewers under Skip Atwater’s monitoring at Ft. Meade, did not view “freestyle”, but followed their work protocol, which included acquisition process, tasking and monitoring rules, cooldown, etc. Only the transcript writing of the audio recordings was done in this case by the secretariat and not by the viewer during his session. However, that alone is no reason to attest to the absence of a protocol.