Stupid Filter

“Because the internet needs prophylactics for memetically transmitted diseases.”

There’s a new open source project at to create filtering software that can detect “stupid” comments on the internet, such as comments on YouTube and similar sites. While this is an interesting project, the part that really caught me is that they’re going to release it as a Firefox extension. (They actually said plugin, but I’m guessing they meant extension.) While they mention other forms of delivery, all but the extension are aimed at the hosts of the content, not the consumer.

When I first read about the project on Slashdot, I thought “I hope they make it a Firefox extension”. It’s exciting that so many of the ideas and innovations people have these days are implemented through Firefox add-ons. Hopefully we’ll see even more of that in the future, as Mozilla is investing heavily in its add-ons community and I expect the results of that will be apparent in Firefox 3 and the upcoming changes to the add-ons website, as well as some much awaited new tools for add-on developers that I’ll be blogging about in the coming weeks on the WebDev blog.

  • Aaron

    Interesting. Reminds me of the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test, enticing idea, easy to implement, but not very accurate.

    Here are some results I got:

    * Likely to be stupid:

    I think therefore I am

    Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.

    It is right to give every man his due

    * Not likely to be stupid:

    My main goal is to shoot myself in the foot. Everyone should have such a lofty goal.