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#1

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#2

No

That’s not how this works.


#3

Ads like this one make me think that StackSocial uses Mechanical Turk for all of its ad copy… Or maybe someone who writes bail bond TV commercials…


#4

There’s got to be a better way!!


#5

Couldn’t that be done by Markov chains? Doesn’t sound like too complex task.


#6

Hmm…I think you are on to something there, and @codinghorror just “happens” to have a post on them:

https://blog.codinghorror.com/markov-and-you/

Coincidence? Or secret programmer for StackSocial :smiley:


#7

Is this post a paid advert?

I am not criticizing or attacking you for that, but I do want to remind you that the FTC requires that you disclose this detail:


BB BBS Comment BINGO
#8


#9

It says “BOING BOING’S STORE” when I look at it, which I think covers disclosure pretty well. Not that this justifies the bizarre collection of words inside the page that seem like the output of like a markov chain of the scripts of bad 90s hacker movies and infomercials.


#10

Depends how you get to the post. I came across from the BBS and clicked “Show Full Post”. “Boing Boing’s Store” never shows up on the page. Granted, I could tell by previous experience with BB’s comically villainous Stack Social store that it was a BB store post, but it was never stated.


#11

True, if you click the “Show Full Post” thing instead of going to the full link then all of the sudden - boom! - you’re hacked (unless you use a VPN).


#12

Getting hacked while drinking coffee and livi g the dream? Buy this banana bottle to keep you safe!

(I think my product pitch made more sense)


#13

Call it user failure if you like, but I did not notice that detail.

It might need to be more obvious.


#14

Nice post.
@codinghorror
The online Markov generator link is busted.


#15

Oh, I don’t think it’s user failure at all. The BB powers that be should add a disclosure inside that text.


#16

Shouldn’t that be ‘the powers that BB’?


#17

I don’t think I’ve “browsed the world wide web” since around 1998.


#18

BRO, DO YOU EVEN VPN?


#19

Was that when you joined us radical netizens “surfing the web”?


#20

I Saunter the Graph, thank you very much.