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False Internet Claims Gullibility Test

Once a year, the Association For Internet Stuff releases their "Did you buy the story?" test.
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Inspired by the guy who put out the fake story that wife beater t-shirts were named after medieval "waif beater" chain mail garments just to see how many people would buy it.

The Association For Internet Stuff (tm) would put out stories every year and rank how often they're read. On New Year's day hung over fans of the site would log in and take the test. How many of the stories from the previous year were true, how many were planted by the AFIS?

You'd get your gullibility rating, points off for saying a false story was true, but also for saying a true story was false.

They'd have to be a lot better than the "waif beater" story which was ridiculous, so it would be a creative exercise in creating plausible farces. Could actually have a bonus of making people think more critically about what they read.

Might be kind of fun, I'd probably log in New Years day and take the test.

doctorremulac3, Sep 15 2023

Association For Internet Stuff https://ias.org/wp/
use the "archive" tag to see annual results back to 2008 [pocmloc, Sep 15 2023]

This is pretty similar. Fill out the form, get a score. I did pretty good. https://www.proprof...le=are-you-gullible
[doctorremulac3, Sep 15 2023, last modified Sep 19 2023]


       This has been a thing for the past decade or so at least. Don't you remember the year that the halfbakery featured on one of the stories? I usually score about 80% but I'm trying to improve. At the begining it was more like 60%.   

       They also offer cash prizes
pocmloc, Sep 15 2023

       Then we’d have to make a test to tell whether the participants in the poll fell for the story behind the Internet Claims Test itself. Without further corroboration the results of the FICG would be suspect. More than they are already, I mean. You are asking self-selected people to fess up to being a dolt and believing some cockamamie story, to their public embarrassment. Why would they do it? There’s probably a metric out there that would serve this purpose without asking people to call themselves gullible morons.
minoradjustments, Sep 15 2023


       If the last three years have taught us nothing else, it's taught us that gullibility is damn near universal and that nobody wants to admit it.   

       [doc] if that's the link you meant to post I don't get it.   

       Dumb joke, you're supposed to open in thinking it's some gullibility test but it's a jump scare, so it's kind of a gullibility test.   

       Sort of.   

       Like I said, dumb joke.
doctorremulac3, Sep 18 2023

       Maybe you pasted the link wrong [doc]? It seems to be some kind of financial graph.
pocmloc, Sep 18 2023

       Okay, I'm about to prove how clever I am, I know it's the link I put up, but I shall check just to make sure and then all shall know my cleverness for remembering my link history!   

       Ah ha!!! Gotcha! It's the link I put up!!   

       Ohhh.... wait...   

       But seriously, very good, I laughed.   

       I was thinking of saying What the heck? I checked and somebody DID change the link!" but naa, I think we've squeezed that for all it's worth.
doctorremulac3, Sep 18 2023

       There's always one more giggle down at the bottom of the barrel if you scrape hard enough.
pocmloc, Sep 19 2023

       True that. And besides, there's no such thing as a low quality laugh. Exhibit A: dad jokes.   

       Seriously though, recognize the gal doing the scream? That's Maureen Reagan, Ronald Reagan's daughter the actress in a scene from the 60s horror movie Eyes Without A Face.
doctorremulac3, Sep 19 2023

       When you walk into the store does the shop owner rub his hands in expectation and give a satisfied smile?
pashute, Sep 19 2023

doctorremulac3, Sep 20 2023

       I really believe in this idea.
DrBob, Sep 20 2023


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