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New Project To End Stupidity Online

ScuttleMonkey posted about 7 years ago | from the then-they-make-a-better-idiot dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 336

mrneutron2003 writes to tell us that StupidFilter, a new Open Source project started by Gabriel Ortiz and Paul Starr, plans to provide an intellectual prophylactic for memetically transmitted diseases. "Too long have we suffered in silence under the tyranny of idiocy. In the beginning, the internet was a place where one could communicate intelligently with similarly erudite people. Then, Eternal September hit and we were lost in the noise. The advent of user-driven web content has compounded the matter yet further, straining our tolerance to the breaking point. It's time to fight back."

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oh shit ... (5, Funny)

thrillseeker (518224) | about 7 years ago | (#21328115)

... no wonder it's so quiet here.

Re:oh shit ... (-1, Redundant)

griffjon (14945) | about 7 years ago | (#21328221)

best. fr1st p0st. evar.

(heh; this post got bounced by the "slow down cowboy" filter; Slashdot should claim prior art!)

Re:oh shit ... (0, Offtopic)

tepples (727027) | about 7 years ago | (#21328613)

best. fr1st p0st. evar.
The only way a frist post could be better is if ex-senator Bill Frist himself [wikipedia.org] wrote it.

Hmmm. (5, Interesting)

fyngyrz (762201) | about 7 years ago | (#21328377)

Perhaps slashdot should implement a requirement for writing a cogent, unique paragraph before it allows a user to have mod points. Then, if they also change the moderation to be accountable (no longer anonymous, and no longer scarce -- see Kuro5in.org for moderation technology that actually works), it might have a chance at being useful in the sense that one could actually use it to filter messages, instead of being relegated to endlessly observe people use mod points in place of actually expressing a counter opinion.

Then again, slashdot could continue on with completely broken moderation. I could see that as a possibility, given the existing sample set.

Re:Hmmm. (0, Redundant)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 years ago | (#21328511)

Ha! See if that gets you modded up. Not that I disagree or anything, but I never get mod points.

Re:oh shit ... (1)

ClassMyAss (976281) | about 7 years ago | (#21328385)

The funniest part about this? If you look at the comments that this article has spawned, the overall quality is about as low as I've seen on Slashdot for quite some time now.

Perhaps there is no way to talk about stupidity without causing stupidity to be created anew?

Re:oh shit ... (1, Insightful)

N3Roaster (888781) | about 7 years ago | (#21328867)

I think the problem is in the summary. After all,

"intellectual prophylactic for memetically transmitted diseases"

Does anybody else feel dumber just reading that?

Re:oh shit ... (3, Funny)

Noexit (107629) | about 7 years ago | (#21328959)

No. Its' just u.

You misunderstand. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328413)

They didn't really invent anything here. They just came up with a new name for something.
They call it a "stupid filter," but everyone else calls it an off switch.

Re:You misunderstand. (3, Funny)

Kelson (129150) | about 7 years ago | (#21328797)

They call it a "stupid filter," but everyone else calls it an off switch.

And it didn't even make the top 10 list [slashdot.org] !

Re:oh shit ... (4, Insightful)

alexhs (877055) | about 7 years ago | (#21328451)

If we were to exclude the fools, at the end of the day, one would end up all alone, like a fool!

S'il fallait excepter les imbéciles, à la fin du compte, on se retrouverait tout seul, comme un imbécile !

-- Raymond Devos


Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328475)

You have something stuck between your teeth.

Re:oh shit ... (1, Informative)

jo42 (227475) | about 7 years ago | (#21328487)

Anything that would filter out all of Digg is A Good Thing (c)(tm).

Re:oh shit ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328805)

I cant see any faggot buying anything non-Apple. It would be a strange experience for them. Much like a redneck marrying someone out of their gene pool.

Re:oh shit ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328837)


Re:oh shit ... (1)

complete loony (663508) | about 7 years ago | (#21328985)

Ah yes, the new and improved lameness filter.

My favorite bit (3, Funny)

Kelson (129150) | about 7 years ago | (#21328127)

From the project FAQ:

Isn't filtering stupidity elitist?
Yes. Yes, it is. That's sort of the whole point.

It brings up an interesting question, though. On my blog, I have two layers of filtering against spam, and I'll delete any spam that gets through. I'll also delete the insults and obvious trolls. But sometimes I'll leave the dumb comments intact. I don't know if it's pity, or the kind of amusement one gets out of, say, lolcats, or what.

Re:My favorite bit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328355)

Lolcats huh? And I'm sure you've only ever seen them with that atrocious watermark from the site I will not dignify by mentioning its name. "Lolcats" are nothing but a whole sale ripoff of the work and memes of another community that I am a part of. When the idiots at that website that I will not mention decided to play Prometheus and give our work to the Internet at large the effects were two fold. The first and most insufferable consequence has been an influx in new users in our community, so much so that new measures have been taken to slow down the speed at which new content is posted. Secondly, it has further diluted our subculture with the rampant theft and dissemination of our work, including iconic characters created a world. A pox on lolcats and all who blindly e-mail, forward, or post them! We are taking back what has always been ours.


Re:My favorite bit (1)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | about 7 years ago | (#21328545)

It's a shame you didn't tell us what the other community is, otherwise I would have visited it.

Re:My favorite bit (2, Funny)

courseofhumanevents (1168415) | about 7 years ago | (#21328641)

Believe me, you'll thank him for not bringing it up later.

Re:My favorite bit (1, Informative)

un1xl0ser (575642) | about 7 years ago | (#21328649)

Actually, the GP was doing you a favor. You probably don't want to visit http://4chan.org./ [4chan.org.]

Re:My favorite bit (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328651)

I can has 4chan?

Re:My favorite bit (1)

Aleksej (1110877) | about 7 years ago | (#21328813)

I think you are trying to get past the filter.

Re:My favorite bit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328851)

4chan has stolen every single catchphrase and meme from somewhere else

Re:My favorite bit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328899)

Correct. Except for the part where you misspelled eBaums/SA/YTMND.

We make it, THEY steal it. So it is, so it's always been.

Oblig ISR... (5, Funny)

thegnu (557446) | about 7 years ago | (#21328961)

n savyet rusha, a chezbergur can has a lolcats!

Re:My favorite bit (1)

ArcherB (796902) | about 7 years ago | (#21328359)

It brings up an interesting question, though. On my blog, I have two layers of filtering against spam, and I'll delete any spam that gets through. I'll also delete the insults and obvious trolls. But sometimes I'll leave the dumb comments intact. I don't know if it's pity, or the kind of amusement one gets out of, say, lolcats, or what.
Excellent point. I believe that stupidity is protected under the first amendment. I should also note that stupidity is fought in the fifth.

Re:My favorite bit (1)

Threni (635302) | about 7 years ago | (#21328439)

> I believe that stupidity is protected under the first amendment.

Your stupidity is protected on your site; my choice to not host your stupidity is protected on mine.

Re:My favorite bit (2, Funny)

MrNiceguy_KS (800771) | about 7 years ago | (#21328807)

When it comes to dealing with stupidity, I prefer using the second amendment.

And when stupid people exercise the Second Amendment... well, that problem tends to take care of itself.

Re:My favorite bit (5, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 7 years ago | (#21328527)

Bigger problem is who decides what is stupid?
All too often on Slashdot people actually believe that "Smart==Thinks like me" and "Stupid==Doesn't think like me"

What is stupid? (3, Informative)

Kelson (129150) | about 7 years ago | (#21328721)

Bigger problem is who decides what is stupid?

In the case of this particular project, it's more about the manner of expression rather than the ideas expressed. A short comment consisting of OMGs, LOL's and emoticions, with "ur k3wl i lik ur site" would trip the filter, but (to quote the page again) it "will cheerfully approve an eloquent, properly-capitalized defense of mandatory, state-subsidized rocket-launcher ownership for all schoolchildren."

In theory, if the filter is trained properly, it should also be able to distinguish between non-native speakers who have only a smattering of English (or another target language) and those who write in 1337-5p3@k and SMS-style abbreviations. But that requires the people training it to make that distinction.

Re:My favorite bit (1)

raehl (609729) | about 7 years ago | (#21328843)

Bigger problem is who decides what is stupid?

The people with the ability to do so.

If there is a contest between various people trying to silence those that they deem 'stupid', the stupid people will be the ones who get silenced. If they were not actually stupid, they'd be smart enough to be silencing the people silencing them instead of the other way around.

Slashdot editors are the exception that proves the rule.

Re:My favorite bit (1)

Kamokazi (1080091) | about 7 years ago | (#21328999)

I disagree. You are stupid.

Evil Dr. Noone (5, Funny)

xPsi (851544) | about 7 years ago | (#21328131)

From TFA: The net has vastly broadened the level of discourse in the world, noone can deny this.

What I want to know is who this evil Dr. Noone is and why she is allowed to deny things we mere mortals cannot.

For the uninitiated.. (4, Informative)

Brian Gordon (987471) | about 7 years ago | (#21328133)

You AOL whores [wikipedia.org]

Re:For the uninitiated.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328181)

Upon reading the summary, it occurred to me that downgrading any comments that link to Wikipedia would probably solve about 20% of the problem immediately. Thank you for your helpful demonstration!

Re:For the uninitiated.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328325)

Upon reading the summary, it occurred to me that downgrading any comments that link to Wikipedia would probably solve about 20% of the problem immediately.

Me too!

Re:For the uninitiated.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328549)


Re:For the uninitiated.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328593)

I just made wind

Re:For the uninitiated.. (1)

Whatsisname (891214) | about 7 years ago | (#21328635)

Why is there a box around this comment? Or am I just an idiot/AOL n00bzor?

Meta: I think it's a JS bug (1)

Kadin2048 (468275) | about 7 years ago | (#21328915)

I noticed the boxed-comment thing a few days ago. I think it's a bug in the JavaScript/CSS in the new commenting system. I tend to always get it around the first comment on a page, generally, although sometimes it's further down. It's not a terrible usability issue but it took me a while to figure out that it doesn't (apparently) have any significance.

(This is all with FF on Mac OS 10.4.10 using the subscriber server.)

Re:For the uninitiated.. (1)

langelgjm (860756) | about 7 years ago | (#21328661)

I'm pretty sure this project already exists, and is called just fucking google it. [justfuckinggoogleit.com]

Nooo (0)

Yetihehe (971185) | about 7 years ago | (#21328137)

Nooo, leave my memes alone, you stupid filter...

Re:Nooo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328309)

> Nooo, leave my memes alone, you stupid filter...


If you want to go with "Nooo", it's "Nooo - they be steelin mah memes!" with a picture of an elephant seal or a walrus.

And if it's "Nooo" and "you stupid filter", it needs the picture of Homer Simpson photoshopped into "The Scream".

Finally, you shouldn't be cursing the filter, you should be welcoming your stupidity-filtered overlords.

Re:Nooo (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 7 years ago | (#21328425)

I for one, welcome our stupid filt.......

[This post censored by StupidFilter v0.1 - Topic: Slashdot Memes.]

Re:Nooo (1)

The FNP (1177715) | about 7 years ago | (#21328763)

All your stupid are belong to us.

Poof (2, Funny)

greg1104 (461138) | about 7 years ago | (#21328155)

StupidFilter promises to leverage techniques such as Beyesian filtering

And with that mistake, I'm now filtering out FastSilicon.

Never as now... (4, Funny)

RyanFenton (230700) | about 7 years ago | (#21328159)

Never as now, has the phrase, "Nothing to see here. Move along" been more appropriate.

Ryan Fenton

Re: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328275)

Cat got your tongue? (something important seems to be missing from your comment ... like the body or the subject!)

Easy! (1)

diesel66 (254283) | about 7 years ago | (#21328163)

It turns out that this is fairly easy to implement. Right off the bat, they were able to reduce online stupidity by 75% by simply blocking access to craigslist rants and raves, and all blogs.

Re:Easy! (1)

ivanmarsh (634711) | about 7 years ago | (#21328463)



Firewall = if scr_addr != deny

Awesome!! (2, Funny)

isa-kuruption (317695) | about 7 years ago | (#21328165)

Finally something that will prove the stupidity of that man-made global warming theory and remove it from the liberal religion! </troll>

This was funny (5, Informative)

nunyadambinness (1181813) | about 7 years ago | (#21328171)

"the internet was a place where one could communicate intelligently with similarly erudite people"


Second, it's not 1978 anymore.

Familiar dept. (2, Funny)

ShawnCplus (1083617) | about 7 years ago | (#21328175)

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
-Rich Cook

I know it doesn't really matter... (1, Redundant)

singingjim1 (1070652) | about 7 years ago | (#21328187)

...but isn't it Bayesian filtering? I mean, if we're going to talk about stupidity on the net, let's call a spade a spade. I'm just sayin'.

facebook App? (1)

carlosap (1068042) | about 7 years ago | (#21328199)

You have 830 Friends StupidFilter ON Sorry All the hots chicks have gone you have 10 nerds friends

From Portman et al (5, Funny)

explosivejared (1186049) | about 7 years ago | (#21328243)

This just in: Natalie Portman, on behalf of the Hot Grits Council of America and in conjunction with the Reversalmasters of Soviet Russia, has released a statement crying out to end this First Postian genocide. "They are comments just like all the rest. Just because they were born in the mind of a less intelligent person does take away their inalienable rights of commentality."

how it works (5, Funny)

Lord Ender (156273) | about 7 years ago | (#21328251)

So, basically, this is going to compare every post against 4chan, and if it finds a match, delete it.

Great idea.

tits or GTFO.

Re:how it works (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328741)


How can they claim to fight stupidity (1)

Qwerpafw (315600) | about 7 years ago | (#21328269)

When their website references retarded 4chan memes like "MOAR" [stupidfilter.org] (the link is to preview their moderations of content).

The whole point of filtering stupidity is to get rid of these mindless un-humorisms, not reinforce them. Using these tired jokes on their site is the equivalent of claiming to fight spam but having one of those FWD: FWD: FWD: SEND THIS TO 20 PEOPLE FOR GOOD LUCK!!! emails as your homepage.

Re:How can they claim to fight stupidity (3, Insightful)

NDPTAL85 (260093) | about 7 years ago | (#21328421)

So who gets to decide whats funny or not? You? Or me? Lots of people find "MOAR" to be funny. Suddenly their opinions are worthless because you don't? Isn't thinking like that whats really stupid?

ends stupidity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328291)

so it's a project that's going to filter itself since it's open sores?
open source is for fags and fags are dumb.

I for one... (5, Funny)

bonkeydcow (1186443) | about 7 years ago | (#21328373)

I for one welcome ..[FILTERED]..

ITS OBVIOUS ..... (5, Funny)

3seas (184403) | about 7 years ago | (#21328383)

They are going to unplug the internet.

Re:ITS OBVIOUS ..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328685)

God, I wish they would.

It should involve gradiated access (5, Funny)

smellsofbikes (890263) | about 7 years ago | (#21328391)

Imagine an outbound firewall that poses a series of questions to anyone who tries to use it.
If you can't solve a grammar problem that requires you to know the difference between "their", "there", and "they're" you don't get to use email.
If you can't choose the correct definitions from multiple choices for "intellectual property", "piracy", "flame", and "rtfm" you don't get to use the web.
If you can't solve a quadratic equation, your computer is set to inbound traffic only.

Problem solved.

I forgot the most important bit. (2, Funny)

smellsofbikes (890263) | about 7 years ago | (#21328481)

To one side of the 'getting online safely test' are a bunch of random Google ads. One is for a "See Natalie Portman Naked! Click here! (requires installation of viewer software)" link.
We'll be nice and give them the benefit of the doubt -- they have to click on both that *and* the subsequent screen, that says, "install natalie.exe? Y/N" and only then does the shaped charge in the keyboard go off and blow off both their hands.

Re:It should involve gradiated access (2, Insightful)

Idarubicin (579475) | about 7 years ago | (#21328935)

It should involve gradiated access

Would now be a good time to point out that 'gradiated' isn't a word? (Perhaps you meant 'graduated'....)

Taste the irony (4, Funny)

hurfy (735314) | about 7 years ago | (#21328401)

The server at www.fastsilicon.com is taking too long to respond.

Apparently not as fast as someone thought it was :(
Ok who is the wiseguy that is actually reading the article.

Nice, but... (4, Informative)

Godman (767682) | about 7 years ago | (#21328405)

... too bad it'll never be able to detect irony. As a sarcastic person, I rely on savage mockery to let my hatred of idiocy show.


Discriminatory, leads to Eugenics (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328417)

This is a crazy idea. You create mental categories where you put people in, and then you act blindly on them. First you call someone stupid for something he says. Then when he objects that he's not stupid and the rest of his life shows no stupidity, you assume it's lies. Then you ignore him forever.

Eugenics is filtering out the stupid too. I bet within five years of this StupidFilter being out there, there will be eugenics programs across America. It's a small step from banning their internet posts, to making them wear yellow stars, to shooting them and leaving their bodies in ditches.

This "stupid filter" is a Bad Idea(tm) if you want to keep your freedom.

Re:Discriminatory, leads to Eugenics (1)

courseofhumanevents (1168415) | about 7 years ago | (#21328829)

Sorry, could you say that again? Your post was filtered.

first godwin (5, Funny)

Lord Ender (156273) | about 7 years ago | (#21328419)

First they came for the cliches, but I didn't speak up because I wasn't a cliche. Then they came for the memes...

Why try beating stupidity? (1)

dogganos (901230) | about 7 years ago | (#21328455)

It has been proved, several times through the history of mankind that stupidity cannot be hit. Better waste resources to beat the second thermodynamics law...

I hope they can apply it to cable TV (1)

Cracked Pottery (947450) | about 7 years ago | (#21328457)

Maybe have some sort of ratings system, like the lame ass parental warnings, but for adults. Have something like ST-8, for so stupid that anyone with a cognitive age or eight or above should not watch. For people who blunder onto Faux Noise, they should be warned with a VS-LDSV, meaning Very Stupid - Lies, Distortions, Stupidity and Vitriol.

Re:I hope they can apply it to cable TV (1)

joss (1346) | about 7 years ago | (#21328657)

You can get a selection of stupidity filters for cable tv here [tlc-direct.co.uk]

Good luck to them (2, Funny)

tulmad (25666) | about 7 years ago | (#21328479)

I hope they are very successful in their efforts. That's certainly a project I'll gladly contribute to.

Re:Good luck to them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328647)

I think the internet is already full of contributors... That's the whole point :)

Slashdotted (3, Insightful)

exley (221867) | about 7 years ago | (#21328483)

Looks like they managed to filter themselves...

creators' project to end whoreabull life0cidal... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328499)

warmongering (on & offline) nearing its final phase. the lights are coming up now. check the skies.

t's only a matter of time/space/circumstance.

previous post:
mynuts won 'off t(r)opic'???
(Score:-1, Offtopic)
by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 30, @10:22AM (#20411119)
eye gas you could call this 'weather'?

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be careful, the whack(off)job in the next compartment may be a high RANKing corepirate nazi official.

previous post:
whoreabull corepirate nazi felons planning trips
(Score: mynuts won, robbIE's 'secret' censorship score)
by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 01, @12:13PM (#20072457)
in orbit perhaps? we wouldn't want to be within 500 miles of the naykid furor at this power point.

better days ahead?

as in payper liesense hypenosys stock markup FraUD felons are on their way out? what a revolutionary concept.

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for many of US, the only way out is up.

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Ministry in the Last Days

3:1 But understand this, that in the last days difficult 1 times will come. 3:2 For people 2 will be lovers of themselves, 3 lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3:3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, 3:4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. 3:5 They will maintain the outward appearance 4 of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these. 5 3:6 For some of these insinuate themselves 6 into households and captivate weak women 7 who are overwhelmed with sins and led along by various passions. 3:7 Such women are always seeking instruction, 8 yet never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 3:8 And just as Jannes and Jambres 9 opposed Moses, so these people - who have warped minds and are disqualified in the faith 10 - also oppose the truth. 3:9 But they will not go much further, 11 for their foolishness will be obvious to everyone, just like it was with Jannes and Jambres. 12
Continue in What You Have Learned

3:10 You, however, 13 have followed my teaching, my 14 way of life, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance, 3:11 as well as the persecutions and sufferings 15 that happened to me in Antioch, 16 in Iconium, and in Lystra. 17 I endured these persecutions and the Lord delivered me from them all. 3:12 Now in fact all who want to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 3:13 But evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, 18 deceiving others and being deceived themselves. 19 3:14 You, however, must continue 20 in the things you have learned and are confident about. You know 21 who taught you 22 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 3:16 Every scripture 23 is inspired by God 24 and useful for teaching, for reproof, 25 for correction, and for training in righteousness, 3:17 that the person dedicated to God 26 may be capable 27 and equipped for every good work.

In other news . . . (5, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 7 years ago | (#21328523)

Dvorak seen in New York City just outside Wall Street shoeless and holding a sign: "Will make wild, unsupported predictions for food."

Re:In other news . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328881)

He could move to television commentary. No stupidity filter there.

Weird (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328543)

How come everyone keeps posting blank comments?

It's a great deal, too! (3, Informative)

Dachannien (617929) | about 7 years ago | (#21328555)

Not only does the stupidity filter help you rise to a higher echelon of intelligence, but it'll save you money, too! Your ISP will be happy to install the stupidity filter on your connection, and it's easy to sign up. Simply stop paying your Internet service bill, and your ISP will add the stupidity filter to your connection in no time! (Allow four to six weeks for delivery.)

StupidFilter, eh? (1)

Anonymous Drunkard (691025) | about 7 years ago | (#21328561)

Now Firefox users have a weapon against Danny Carlton [whyisfirefoxblocked.com] !

easier fix: (1)

moracity (925736) | about 7 years ago | (#21328599)

Filter the "blogoshpere". The problem is that there are too many "bloggers" out there spewing complete and utter ignorance. Everything ends up devolving into the political gutter. It's not productive it does not represent proper, civilised discourse.

i can see it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328615)

* client * .. did you get my email
* me * .. no, it was caught by our stupid filter

slashdottted but check here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328655)

the article is slashdotted, the website in question is not: http://stupidfilter.org/main/ [stupidfilter.org]

A War on Idiocy? (1)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | about 7 years ago | (#21328711)

If this works out like the War on Terror, War on Drugs, War on Poverty, and War on War,... well, I for one welcome the New Idiots to the internet this initiative will create.

The ONLY solution, I could think of, is a "WhiteList" lookup. It would work with a "sand box" a "baby pool", the "shallow end" and "we are so hip deep we R Ultra Kewl Geeks" -- of course, that is the "Deep End" of the Gene pool. You just create a slashdot/wikipedia training wheels program (OK, I do marketing on the side -- sue me for too many metaphors), maybe some sort of proof of community service as well, then when you show someone in the higher level (the "baby pool"), that you have interesting comments, they will invite you in. So, each level will be decided by the one higher, and a social network will decide to move you on up. I don't think you could get more elitist or cliquish if you made a Barbydoll Fans page on MySpace.

At the very top, of course, would be the one guy who created the system, and his sole pleasure in life will be in finding more and more painful and humiliating ways for people in "the Super Kewl Deep End" to try and earn his favor and move up -- but they never will. The "unknown level" will be a myth of the dungeon lord. Who of course, will give it to his son when he retires.

Green Day (1)

blhack (921171) | about 7 years ago | (#21328733)

Does anybody else hear the song:

"Wake Me up...When september ends!"

and laugh uncontrollably? Maybe think that Green Day is a bunch of usenet users.

yeah, me neither ;-)

You mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328765)

...there's actually a cure for b-tardation?

But what if it has the side effect of causing lolcats to go extinct?

I like it (1)

timtimtim2000 (884095) | about 7 years ago | (#21328773)

I actually like the idea. Yeah, it's somewhat elitist (which is addressed in their FAQ). However, it's still your website and if you would prefer to have people make use correct punctuation and spelling, that's your right. From their FAQ:

"The StupidFilter will cheerfully approve an eloquent, properly-capitalized defense of mandatory, state-subsidized rocket-launcher ownership for all schoolchildren."
It's not a way to silence critics, it's just a way of ensuring those critics present their arguments in a 'non-stupid' way.

But wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21328785)

Isn't that censorship?

Flashback to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (4, Funny)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | about 7 years ago | (#21328817)

The existence of an Online Stupid Filter (as opposed to a stupid online filter, which would be an entirely different thing, perhaps) bears an amazingly (coincidence, I think NOT) strong resemblance to the "Proof That God Doesn't Exist" from Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. Q.E.D."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
(Oh dear, I wonder if any proponents of Intelligent Design have ever read Hitchhikers?)

If there were such a thing as an Online Stupid Filter, it would have filtered itself out of existence.

Due to many/most of its pages being references to suchlike aforementioned stupidity. A blue-light filter works by absorbing blue-light, a coffee-filter works by absorbing coffee (well, the grounds, at least) - any guess what a Stupid Filter absorbs?

Due to the vast majority of The Internet being not much more than stupidity, and in much the same way as a Black Hole will absorb all light and therefore be essentially invisible (we have never *found* a black hole, just a whole bunch of conditions which theory predicts would be "caused by black holes").

Seriously folks, The Stupidity Filter obviously doesn't work - the proof is in most comments on this page (present company excepted, naturally).

This post needs no comments (1)

s_p_oneil (795792) | about 7 years ago | (#21328891)

It gets a +5 funny all by itself.

Lazyness (1)

MikeDirnt69 (1105185) | about 7 years ago | (#21328903)

I'm absolutely sure that the guys behind it don't have anything to do!

Some Non-English types are worse than AOLers (0, Flamebait)

Zombie Ryushu (803103) | about 7 years ago | (#21328913)

Has anyone considered the following: I realize that the general consensus is that Americans are stupid. This seems to be the case. But both myself on FreeNode and several female friends and loved ones of mine will tell you that people from some Muslim countries are far worse than any AOL user ever was.

What I'm trying to get at, is that in his quest to stop idiocy, he will probably wind up blocking the entire Non-English speaking world and Non-White Cultures of the USA (Hispanics, Blacks) because those cultures tend to view the Anglo-Saxon English speaking culture with open hostility.

The point is it sounds an awful lot like Ethnic Cleansing since AOL as it existed in those days really doesn't exist anymore. Most of the non-technical denizens of the Internet are like AOL users were in those days.

A more closely relegated division in this time between the AOL Users and normal TCP/IP based users of today is Windows Users and Linux Users. Windows users tend to be poor, undereducated, in non-technical fields. Windows Piracy is rampant in third world countries. (Although OLPC is trying to change that.) Conversely Linux Users tend to be statistically white, male, of considerable wealth and highly educated (generally speaking) and from either the USA ore Europe.

Hey, that's my project. (4, Informative)

7Ghent (115876) | about 7 years ago | (#21328919)

And you didn't link the actual website in the post. It's http://stupidfilter.org [stupidfilter.org]
Go ahead, slashdot me. I dare ya.

prophylactic for memetically transmitted diseases (1)

planetfinder (879742) | about 7 years ago | (#21329007)

Eliminating religion has never been tried before.
Good luck.

So much for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#21329009)

Well, there goes Digg, MySpace and 99% of all YouTube comments.
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