Alright, this morning, one of my friends (Who shall remain nameless) sent out a forward to everyone he/she knows regarding a missing child report. Now I’m a nice person, and so are they, so I feel these kinds of emails are valid to be sent – assuming that the information is real. The email in question was the “Ashley Flores” forward that Snopes.Com (An awesome site) debunked a few weeks back. So I found the page on Snopes, and did a “Reply to All” (Something I’m always leary to do, since it can be abused so much) hoping to stop others before they sent out this dribble by accident. I wrote a nice reply stating the following:
Ugh… unfortunately (or fortunately) this is a hoax: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/ashleyflores.asp .
Which I thought was straight, to the point, and didn’t put the sender down for not checking (After all, they might not know about snopes.com, or google, or anything like that). A few seconds after I sent my reply, I got the following from another person on the list:
I thought you might find the following article from snopes.com interesting: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/ashleyflores.asp
Now I don’t mind someone else posting the same link I did, what I do mind is this: That reply has absolutely no information to offer to the people reading it. It simply states “Read This”, which everyone knows nobody does. I’m willing to bet that most of the recipients would read that line and figure “Gee, must be more info on this missing girl”, not “Gee, must be a hoax”. My reply stated it was a hoax up front, and tried to be a bit comforting to those taken in by it.
So the 3 things I hate:
1. The F****** AS*H**** that create these crap hoaxes trying to be funny, witty, or malicious. You’re cluttering up the internet with junk worse than my blog is cluttering up the internet.
2. People who do not check on the facts of messages they receieve, they simply forward it out to everyone. To be honest, some might not know how to check, but perhaps messages like mine will inspire them to check in the future.
3. People who reply to ANY email with nothing to offer. A certain radio show I like often uses the quote of one of their staffers that simply states “I bring nothing to the table” EM>, which certainly describes replies like this. Everyone hates a “Me Too”-er, we should all hate messages that boil down to “uh… here’s a link” without atleast a brief description of the link in question.
Ok, I’m done ranting for the day!