Comment Stupidity Filter On Its Way: Interesting site pointed out by WebProNews about a comment stupidity filter that could differentiate between sarcasm and stupidity (and I presume spam is stupid). Apparently, stupid comments (as opposed to stupid people) tend to use more consonants and more clever comments use more vowels. This can get pretty offensive! CNN Money, where this was originally noticed, must have been having a slow day.
The solution we’re creating is simple: an open-source filter software that can detect rampant stupidity in written English…. we’re collecting a ranked corpus of stupid text, gleaned from user comments on public websites and ranked on a five-point scale.
Interesting. I hope the StupidFilter folks have spent some time thinking about internationalization of comments and encoding standards in their upcoming WordPress plugin. I can see spam comments in the form of a bunch of vowels and/or commenters being really self-conscious about what they write. It would however, be cool if someone could come up with a plugin that uses the information from StupidFilter to test various posts and comments. I sure would like to know how stupid I am!
[EDIT] Enjoy some random stupidity, courtesy of StupidFilter.