The Wall Street Journal reports on one Gabriel Ortiz, who has a noble project under development.
[A]n open-source filter software that can detect rampant stupidity in written English.
Using a statistical approach similar to Bayesian analysis, Mr. Ortiz has created a filter that uses his library of baseline “stupid” and “smart” texts to evaluate the intelligence level of new comments.
The StupidFilter manifesto:
StupidFilter was conceived out of necessity. Too long have we suffered in silence under the tyranny of idiocy. In the beginning, the internet was a place where one could communicate intelligently with similarly erudite people. Then, Eternal September hit and we were lost in the noise. The advent of user-driven web content has compounded the matter yet further, straining our tolerance to the breaking point.
It’s time to fight back.
Visit the StupidFilter site here, and have a go on the online demo here, where you can type in your own or paste in someone else’s comment, and the filter will evaluate it for stupidity.
The StupidFilter Project: Because the internet needs prophylactics for memetically transmitted diseases.