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(Snopes.Com Is a Scam???-)------READ & DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!!


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Joycey B. (750)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 2:18 pm
Wow. It's good to hear the truth about this. Thanks for this information Brenda.
 

Pat B. (354)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 2:21 pm
Gosh, whodathunk this? Yes, always 'proceed w/caution' is a good adage. Thanks! Brenda.
 

Kathy W. (299)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 2:22 pm
I will have to send this to a friend of mine. She swears by Snopes.com! Like it said on the page, "Who da thunkit?!
Thank you Brenda.
 

ELGIN LEE BAKER (51)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 5:07 pm
WOW WHAT A LOAD OF SMACK!!!!!!!!!!! THE PERSON WHO IS USING THE EMAIL WHO POSTED THIS STATEMENT HAS ONLY POSTED 3 TIMES TO THE INTERNET USING IT AND GIVES NO NAME SO THEY CAN BE RESEARCHED ...........I STILL WILL TRUST SNOOPS OVER THIS DIMWIT ANY DAY ...........

heads up people who state that others are jews as some sort of reasoning why not to trust or that these jews might be slanting things for their own agenda ARE NOT BY ANY MEANS TO BE TRUSTED ......

 

Angela Rhodes (127)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 6:25 pm
THE THING WHAT PEOPLE ARE MISSING ALSO IS THAT WIKIPEDIA ARE NOT RELIABLE EITHER.....SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS WHO DO YOU TRUST???? I'VE PERSONALLY FOUND SNOPES QUITE RELIABLE.........WE WILL NEVER GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT!!
 

. (0)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 7:46 pm
Please, save the liofe of these two wonderful lions! Me humany!
 

Pam F. (234)
Sunday December 7, 2008, 12:55 am
Hmm, must admit - this sentence did set the alarm bells ringing -

"Then it has been learned the Mikkelson's are jewish - very Democratic (party) and extremely liberal."

I reckon this says more about the poster's prejudices than the trustworthiness or otherwise of the Mikkelsons!
 

Fred Hoekstra (6424)
Sunday December 7, 2008, 6:30 am
I certainly wouldn't say that Snopes.com is a SCAM. Far from it. It is a highly respected site. For instance, I am a Member of project-wombat.org, also known as Stumpers. It is a Network of Librarians and Researchers of which Snopes.com is a part. Project-Wombat is a great place to go when you have questions, in many different fields. There are other groups and sites around the world who also respect the work that Snopes does. Keep in mind, that there are several Research Organizations that have only one or two full-time Researchers.

Wikipedia, on the other hand is not as reliable as one would think. True, there is a lot of great information there, but when people can edit articles, that information is soon altered and may in fact no longer be true.....See what I mean?
 

June Rice (125)
Sunday December 7, 2008, 8:14 am
The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for might have been removed or had its name changed.

looks like the guy himself was a hoax...pointing out someone's "Jewish"ness? THAT sounds like a real NUTJOB!

Snopes ALWAYS provides reference pages-how phoney can that be? and if you look at wikepedia's page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snopes

they seem to be positive about Snopes, too! I have to agree with PISSED OFF, Pam, and Fred. Well said.

I do agree with ONE thing he says...you can always google a subject and do the research yourself.

 

Amy B. (39)
Sunday December 7, 2008, 10:06 am
bunch of BS, if you ask me...
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 7, 2008, 10:44 am
To be very honest with you, I tend to ignore most internet rumors.

Most have been recycled or reformulated from old internet rumors of years ago.

I've used Snopes.com a few times and have found them to be helpful.

Wikipedia can be helpful too if you are just looking for very basic information. There are some very thoroughly researched articles that are properly referenced on there too. If I don't see any references (which should include sources other than internet articles) then I'll continue my research elsewhere.

Like anything else rumor based, you have to take it on a case by case basis. No website is absolutely correct in it's information regardless if it's Snopes.com or Wikipedia.

Use your common sense and judgment; if it looks to good to be true, then it probably is.
 

Tom M. (819)
Monday December 8, 2008, 2:50 am
Okay Brenda, I did my own research and have decided for myself. This article is full of crap and has become an urban legend itself.

For the truth, as usual, go to the Snopes story about Bud Gregg and his stupid sign. They provide a link to the letter from State Farm Insurance confirming that Snopes is telling the truth:

"I would like to respond to the article that appeared in the Teche News regarding the political sign displayed at the Bud Gregg insurance agency.
Mr. Gregg is an independent contractor to State Farm®, and his views do not reflect those of State Farm Insurance Companies. Management requested the sign be removed as soon as its presence became known. It was taken down on July 3. Mr. Gregg’s sign was not endorsed by, nor consistent with State Farm’s corporate practices. The company does not endorse candidates, nor take sides in political campaigns.
At State Farm® we take great pride in providing the best service possible to all of our customers, regardless of their political preferences, and take seriously our responsibility to do so. We appreciate your allowing us the opportunity to respond to this circumstance, and clarify our position. We would also appreciate you allowing your readers to know our side of the issue.
Please feel free to contact me if you should have any additional questions or concerns."

[Signed]
Molly Quirk-Kirby
Public Affairs Specialist
State Farm Insurance
Companies

Any questions? Good. Snopes Rules!
 

Tom M. (819)
Monday December 8, 2008, 3:10 am
Oh, if you want to contact State Farm yourself about Bud Gregg's sign, here's how:

Your main contact is Louisiana Government Affairs Liaison, Molly Quirk-Kirby. Molly can be contacted at her office (225-237-2872) or on her cell (225-235-7277). Her e-mail address is molly.quirk-kirby.prkl@statefarm.com. You are also welcome to call me directly.
Sincerely,
Rob Stewart
Vice President Agency - Louisiana
State Farm Insurance
Office: 225-237-2600
E-mail: rob.stewart.ckf7@statefarm.com
 

Judy Adams (2)
Monday December 8, 2008, 7:25 am
Joycey and Fred, Snopes is neither a scam nor a first-class research site. If you read their own info, they were founded for the purpose of examining urban folklore and popular misinformation. In their own words, Barbara and David Mikkelson "don't expect anybody to accept us as the ultimate authority on any topic". I have caught them making errors myself, and have e-mailed them on it with disappointing results, but I still consider them to be a helpful resource.
Like Michael C, I use a number of different resources when confronted by internet rumors, and realize that not every source of information will be perfect.
I also like to use Truthminers.com and Truthorfiction.com, to name just two--although it does look like Truthminers has gone offline while the owner of the site is involved in writing her book.
Also try http://wintersteel.homestead.com/Urban_Legends.html, or google for more sites.
 

Amalthea Lalaith (11)
Monday December 8, 2008, 2:01 pm
Kinda makes me think when I've been chewed out before for posting something without checking snopes first. *sigh*
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 8, 2008, 9:22 pm
Thanks for the news.
 

Gregory H. (0)
Thursday July 23, 2009, 3:49 pm
This is garbage. Check the REAL FACTS @ http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/is_snopescom_run_by_very_democratic_proprietors.html
 

Daniel Silliman (0)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 7:19 pm
I find as much mis-information, on this site and sometimes a lot more than I find on other sites...most DO NOT check out postings at all...

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/internet/a/snopes_exposed.htm
 

. (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:08 am
To check whether a site is legit usually, I do follow a simple checklist

1) Use WhoisXY.com to check the whois information and check whether the contact information matches with the one in the website.
2) In the domain contact details, is there a valid email address.
3) Is there a valid phone number visible, and does it work ?
4) Go through review about them using http://www.webutation.net/go/review/snopes.com and check whether they are scam free.

I followed the above steps for Snopes.com and found that they are very safe and scam free.
 
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