just a guy made of dots and lines (crs) wrote,
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"crush meme"

Anyone know anyone under 18 who took the LJ crush meme quiz? If even one such minor took it, I suspect that the guy who's perpetrating this thing is breaking federal law...

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm still not sure where I sit on this whole privacy issue. There was no privacy policy in the original quiz, and they're under no obligations to keep the information I fed to them secret, I guess. It's incredibly slimy that he won't take people's info out of his database... but.

No, it's just wrong. Don't care how impossible it would be to get people to answer these things truthfully... Don't care if it's one way to do the social engineering to make this kind of thing work. The results he put together were the wrong ones. The right ones would have been little notifications that say "You have a mutual public crush with 2 people, and mutual secret crushes with 3. Pay $4 to automatically inform both you and your mutual crushes." If people answered the quiz without worrying about this other kind of evil being perpetrated... it might have been a useful service.

On the other hand, it would be possible to put together that service wholly in the open... Though then, some people, knowing the schtick, would put crushes on all the people they thought might conceivably crush on them, and then sit back and watch the fireworks. The thing that makes that service not work is people going "Oh, I just said I crushed on everyone."

Hmm. This... doesn't work at all. But if someone were to do something like this in the future, I'd expect people to avoid it unless it has an explicitly-stated privacy policy. Which I suppose might make it ok.

All in all, it was a bad abuse of trust. The crush thing has ruined many types of quizzes for the future now, making people step back and say "hmm, how can this be abused?" And think about it, even image tags in an LJ can be used to track who's reading your lj, and from where...

Click here if you want to see me lying down in an orchard. I'll take a look at who looked at this image in my logs later on, though. :) It really is me in that pic, though. *shrug* Experiment number one.

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