As any of you who have been active in the S&T forum for a few months will have noticed, the quality of posts has dropped rather disturbingly. There
seems to be more and more stupid, not to mention utterly incorrect information being posted here than ever before.
As a device to attempt to stop the rot, we are introducing a periodic 'award' known as the Abuv Top Sekrit Moron Award
. It will be rewarded
for posts of poor scientific accuracy.
Now, what we need is for people to nominate posts they think qualify for moron awards. This does not
include questions, theories or
. Reread that bold part again, unless the question is so stupid that even a 4th grader could answer it correctly, questions and theories
should never be nominated for awards. The moron award is more orientated towards the types of people who make absolute assertions, and attack others
posts, based on completely bogus science. Or really poor pseudoscience. As an example, on one of the old boards there was a discussion about
alternative energy sources, and one poster attacked another claiming 'an engine that could separate the hydrogen and oxygen in water would be the
most powerful engine in the world'. Obviously completely forgetting it can be done with a couple of test tubes, a few bits of wire and a battery.
People, the idea here is not
to attack posters who might not know as much about certain subjects as others, or to belittle them in any way. It
is directed entirely at raising the level of conversation in this forum. Baseless assertions and stupid comments belong in the R&S forum, not in here.
Now, to nominate someone, you need to u2u me with the address of the thread (you can copy and paste that from the address bar in your browser) and
quote the first few lines of their post, incase they have more than one post on that thread. Your nominations will be kept confidential (btw,
moderators are not exempt from this, if you see a post you think qualifies, send it in). The standout few will be selected and voted upon in cosmic
and the winners posted here. I can't say yet whether its going to be weekly/fortnightly/monthly, as we will have to wait and see how fast the
nominations come in.
For the most part, if your nomination doesnt really qualify for the award I will attempt to respond to your u2u and explain why. Just to make it
easier for everyone to work it out
So, let the moron hunting commence, anything you think qualifies as a stupid post, u2u me and get them in the running for this prestigious award.
Oh, and before I'm flooded with messages about old posts. This is enacted from now on
, and will not be given out for posts before today.
Morons, consider yourselves fairly warned
[Edited on 11-10-2002 by Kano]