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  • Some Tips On Research

    How can you better avoid passing on nonsense? http://deeperwaters.wordpress.com/20...s-on-research/

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    One thing I might add is that recently, more and more satire sites have popped up with reasonable-sounding names and it's not always easy to tell if they are satire. If I can't find any Internet verification on a particular site, I'll go to the site's homepage and look around and see if the other stories it's posted seem reasonable.
    "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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    • #3
      Snopes can also help with current event hysteria.
      That's what
      - She

      Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
      - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

      I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
      Stephen R. Donaldson

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bill the Cat View Post
        Snopes can also help with current event hysteria.
        Indeed. I've sometimes replied with a link to a pertinent snopes article when a friend posts something that isn't accurate...
        I am a stickler for accuracy.
        If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
          One thing I might add is that recently, more and more satire sites have popped up with reasonable-sounding names and it's not always easy to tell if they are satire. If I can't find any Internet verification on a particular site, I'll go to the site's homepage and look around and see if the other stories it's posted seem reasonable.
          Don't they have to have a disclaimer somewhere? An about page? Isn't looking at the about page(doctrinal statement for religious sites) a good idea? Because if that has nutty ideas, I would be extra careful with the rest of the site's material. Or not even bother trying to find any treasure in the trash.
          If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Christianbookworm View Post
            Don't they have to have a disclaimer somewhere? An about page? Isn't looking at the about page(doctrinal statement for religious sites) a good idea? Because if that has nutty ideas, I would be extra careful with the rest of the site's material. Or not even bother trying to find any treasure in the trash.
            I'm thinking of sites that pass off as news sites. I know a guy who loves to post articles from obscure satire sites and try to get people to fall for them. But it's usually a red flag if you do a search on Google News and nobody else is covering this big news story.
            "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bill the Cat View Post
              Snopes can also help with current event hysteria.
              I have a somewhat jaundiced view of Snopes. Back when Bob Dole was running for president they were calling him an extremist hate monger based upon a bogus quote (too long ago to remember exactly what it was). I wrote them and provided extensive documentation showing that the supposed quote was fraudulent and they replied that while quote may be inaccurate it still expressed his true beliefs but provided no corroboration for that statement.

              They left the bogus quote up there for a few more months until shortly before the 1996 election when it was removed without comment.

              I'm always still in trouble again

              "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
              "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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              • #8
                Ben Witherington wrote on his blog a few years ago that he did not trust Snopes, but I don't remember his reasoning.
                "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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