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I care quite a lot about the products and
services I consume, but don't find
time to research the pros and cons of
one, so am keen to find shortcuts.
There are a number of sources I trust to
tell me whether companies/products/
services fit my criteria for whether
I'm buying is ethical. My idea is for a
browser plug-in (/skin/style sheet) which
lets me choose the sources I want to
and the effects I want those sources to
have on the web pages I'm
For instance, I might
trust Greenpeace to provide a list of oil
companies which have Bad, Average or
Better than average impacts on the
environment, and I might want this too
shown by having environmentally friendly
companies highlighted in my browser
a green underline, and 'bad' companies
with a red underline.
get a little message in the status bar of
browser when I visit a site which tells me
what my trusted sources think e.g.
Dell.com (Greenpeace : Good, FT
Employment Survey: Top 10).
A couple of addenda
i) the idea is to parse each word in the text for whitelisted or blacklisted organisations
i) I reckon you'd only need to refresh each list (max) every week or so, there needn't be any real time activity.
case in point
I *might* trust these guys to give me a list of companies it thinks I should avoid. [neilp, Oct 19 2004]
||thanks [Brau], this idea is more about
the mechanism than the source, as
there are some people (say my bro) who
I would trust without question, this idea
pre-assumes that your own personal
lists exist, or can be assembled.
||would then a group of societies/organisations have to rate websites prior to you viewing them and make this information available to this plugin?
||Seems a good idea as it would allow for the information that you see on the intranet to be qualified.
||[also - v pleased that you trust your brother. Delighted for him ;)]
||[jtg] nah, all sites would have to do is
publish a list of companies somewhere,
this plugin takes care of the rest.
||The majority of goods sold on the internet are sold by SME's which go unnoticed by all the ethcial ratings agencies. That doesn't really make this idea unworkable, though. Croissant.
||SME? Subject Matter Expert? Single Male Entrepreuner? Simply Mad Economist?
||Small Medium Enterprise (a short person who talks with the dead. For money.)
||<off topic> There are a series of "honest ads" doing the rounds at the moment. My favourite is for a well known swiss company that rhymes with mestle.
||"Go on. Try and boycott our products. Bet you can't. We make just about everything. Hahahaha, who's your daddy? We own you. La la la, we're not listening!"
||This is great, can you filter out other crap too, like right-wing fundamentalist idealougue propaganda?
||Although this won't help you to 'know your enemy'
||[egbert] - I saw a T-Shirt along similar lines
"World domination tastes better with Coca Cola".