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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted May 10, 2012 15:16      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If this ever goes live, you may want it.

Wild rumours - such as the myth that Barack Obama is a Muslim - do the rounds for years, even though they have been repeatedly debunked. LazyTruth aims to combat this by delivering kernels of truth right to your inbox. When it recognises the unique phrases that turn up in viral emails it displays a rebuttal sourced from fact-checking websites such as Snopes.com and FactCheck.org.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted May 10, 2012 18:27      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Snopes and Factcheck are just pawns of The International French/Irish Catholic Sodomite Conspiracy

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Icon 1 posted May 10, 2012 18:47      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, I suppose that obviates the need to actually visit Snopes - which I do via Google, but I don't like the idea that it would essentially be snooping on your e-mail. That's almost as bad as the original problem.

Also, this sort of thing, much like Snopes, is self-selecting. People who wouldn't visit Snopes, wouldn't install this - they have no problem remaining ignorant - life is apparently more fun that way. [Frown]

Yesterday, I figured out and solved a wiring issue by using an ohmmeter. This was in contrast to someone else just trying random permutations that had little chance of working. If said party had a better sense of humor, I very much would have liked to have read this aloud (or had the t-shirt): http://store.xkcd.com/xkcd/#Science (Facts are just awesome! [Big Grin] )

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GrumpySteen

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It's not clear from the article, but the idea isn't to educate you. It's to provide you with facts and links that you can send back to educate the person who sent you the email.

It's entirely possible that the person you send the facts and links to will immediately dismiss you as a liberal/conservative/socialist/commie/part-of-the-conspiracy and ignore what you send, but at least you won't have put a lot of effort into what you send.

As for privacy, they haven't said anything about it and the app doesn't actually exist yet, so there's no telling whether it will be good or bad.

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2012 01:08      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ahh...mea culpa - I thought it would be extra work to have to send the thing off and thought the point of the 'rebuttal' was that the clueless 'first recipient' would see it before forwarding. This is just to spare clever folks the effort of searching on Snopes.

Fortunately for me, I haven't gotten much of that junk in ages. Perhaps people have caught onto the fact that I don't find such messages nearly as fascinating as they do. [Razz] Mind you, I've only broken out Snopes when I think the sender is actually going to follow some recommendation, and it might cause them to either lose money, or get hacked.

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Icon 1 posted May 13, 2012 09:45      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Aye, me thinks that we have a bunch of wannabee Jack-O-Bites!

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My experience has been that if they send you that garbage they are not willing to be educated - at least, not by me (Fox News seems to be just fine, though). Everyone I know gets one chance to stop doing this (I invite them to do so politely but firmly, with no ambiguity), and if that doesn't work, they get blocked. No email, no Facebook, no electronic contact. I could say I've lost friends and family members this way, but with friends like those ...
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