StupidFilter :: Main / FAQ

A project called StupidFilter is trying to weed out stupid internet comments. Hoax? At any rate, it’s amusing.

Do you really expect to be able to detect and filter anything that’s conceivably stupid?

No, of course not. You’d need real AI for that, and beyond a certain point it’s simply subjective; after all, a sufficiently advanced AI would probably filter out the whole of human discourse, which isn’t the idea.

So what do you plan to filter?

The idea is that the most egregiously stupid comments will also be the easiest to detect while remaining ignorant of context; comments with too much or too little capitalization, too many text-message abbreviations, excessive use of “LOL,” exclamation points, and so on.

How do you rate stupidity?

Since we’re trying to build a detailed database that serves as a very verbose example of What Not To Do, we look for comments whose prose style we can point to and say, “I don’t even have to understand the content of this comment to know that it’s stupid,” — based on the gross prose style alone, its stupidity is self-evident. It is then useful as an example for our parser to integrate into its database of stupidity.