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  Reply # 1526458 5-Apr-2016 18:01
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Noooo... please don't make me click the link frown


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  Reply # 1526460 5-Apr-2016 18:03
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It's a circle with a horse in it. Saw it on 9gag some time ago...


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  Reply # 1526478 5-Apr-2016 18:53
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"Possessed' baby spooks the internet"

How can anything haunt electricity? :P

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  Reply # 1526497 5-Apr-2016 19:55
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Actually, I wonder if they do response testing.

Ie; offering a number of different headlines for the same article and measuring the response.

For sure they update headlines but response testing is different.

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There was a Stuff headline a month or two back about a woman with four eyebrows (can't remember the wording) - headline read like it was some biological mutation or something but it turned out to be a woman in the UK with a make-up problem. I was furious they deceived me like that.





 

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TinyTim:

 

There was a Stuff headline a month or two back about a woman with four eyebrows (can't remember the wording) - headline read like it was some biological mutation or something but it turned out to be a woman in the UK with a make-up problem. I was furious they deceived me like that.

 

 

ROTFLMAO





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  Reply # 1526570 5-Apr-2016 21:53
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TinyTim:

There was a Stuff headline a month or two back about a woman with four eyebrows (can't remember the wording) - headline read like it was some biological mutation or something but it turned out to be a woman in the UK with a make-up problem. I was furious they deceived me like that.


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Deprived stuff of 20,000 clicks bwahahahahahaha

Edit: Hint: not because it looks like pimples apparently. Now you will have to go to stuff to find out and they get their 20,000 clicks back yay!

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  Reply # 1526701 6-Apr-2016 09:05
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joker97: Just took another look ...

How long do you hang toilet paper ... Hmm ... I am hoping for a validated formula in that article ...

 

Was it "How long do you hang toilet paper?" or just "How do you hang toilet paper?" as in, the endless debate as to whether over the roll or down the wall is correct, and what each option says about your worth as a human being, probably backed up by a pseudo-scientific survey performed by a group of university students who had no idea what to do with their grant money.

 

I hate headlines that ask a question. A selection from today's Stuff homepage:

 

Bill Clinton: Star or liability?
Has there been some analysis done that says one thing or another? If so just tell me the result. Or is this an opinion piece, in which case be brave and tell me your opinion, e.g.: Bill Clinton a liability to Hillary's campaign.

 

Wellington's cheapest coffee?
If it is, remove the question mark. If you don't know, spend some time looking at coffee prices all over town and come back to me when you have a story. Right now it feels like unsolicited advertising. 

 

Does your kitchen need a detox?
If research shows 90% of kitchens are germ-filled cesspits just write Dirty kitchens causing food poisoning. Or if I'm making poor food choices, write It's time to stop buying hormone-filled chicken.  
Note: a quick look reveals this is actually a worthwhile article about the dangers of BPAs and BPSs and why plastic containers in your fridge and pantry might be related to endocrine system issues, diabetes and weight gain - not something I got from the headline at all. So to me this is an example of a click-bait headline actually burying a good story.

 

Are we raising delicate children?
First, I don't know who the author is but I'm pretty sure I'm not raising any children with them. Second, I'm not - if the writer is, admit it. Third, the article is based on the work of "internationally renowned researched Carol Dweck". What does Dweck say? Make that the headline - unless you disagree, in which case say so.

 

Can you train your cats to love you?
If you can, say How to train your cat to love you. If you can't, say Your cat doesn't love you, and never will. Also, there's the assumption that I have more than one cat...




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Those are DUMB.

 

I detest the headlines that make a statement about what you do or don't know: "10 stars that you didn't know had died." Click bait again.


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  Reply # 1526762 6-Apr-2016 10:23
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anything that includes 'the answer may shock you' or 'you'll be shocked'.....please don't assume what does or does not surprise me....I've seen lemonparty.

 

And I have always agreed with Betteridges law of headlines





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"Sarah Palin went to Wisconsin to tout her preferred candidate - Donald Trump. What happened next will stun you."

 

That's honestly off Stuff at the moment. F*&king he-doublehockeysticks you idiots. You're not journalists anymore - you're clickbait writing hacks.

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1526817 6-Apr-2016 11:08
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News media in NZ and generally world wide has been in a serious IQ decline for the last 25y. People are just more interested in what the Kardashians do then what is happening in the Ukraine or what TPPA is. You need brains, time and commitment to understand complex world issues. Well, guess what, people arenot interested. There is nobody paying for descent journalism anymore. The media is controlled by a few that are all geared towards satisfying their shareholders, which in turn means advertising revenue (because you're not spending money on buying a newspaper anymore).

 

Never mind the poltical control of media today. Because of the IQ decline and lack of funds govt and party statememnts are printed as is. There is no critical dissection or debate over anything. If you're lucky you'll get an opinion piece on something because that doesn't need to stand up to scrutiny and is always completelty deniable.

 

So yes, don't complain. We have the news we're interested in and paying for. So we get Kardashians, snapper quota and cakes.

 

Luckily there are some exceptions/people that are bucking the trend but again it requires effort to find these people and understanding what they say.


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  Reply # 1526821 6-Apr-2016 11:14
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How about "Dirty Secrets Behind Popular Professions" that appears in this morning's NZ Herald (shabby little tabloid)? A mix of urban legend, hearsay and downright misrepresentation (since when is unemployment a profession?).
I note there is no mention of journalists in the article. I assume they are all lily white, or maybe their profession isn't popular. Or maybe it has become so much a case of opinion and social media trends masquerading as fact that it is no longer a profession at all?




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  Reply # 1526822 6-Apr-2016 11:16
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DarthKermit: Those are DUMB.

 

I detest the headlines that make a statement about what you do or don't know: "10 stars that you didn't know had died." Click bait again. 

 

Totally agree - and I especially hate misleading accompanying images, e.g. I read an article on the web last week and following it were a list of other articles I might like to ignore, no less than three with slightly differently worded titles like the one you quoted: Stars that you didn't know had died. All of them came with an image of Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who (amongst other things) played the middle son on Home Improvement, and is not dead. WTF?!

 

Talkiet: "Sarah Palin went to Wisconsin to tout her preferred candidate - Donald Trump. What happened next will stun you." 

 

That's honestly off Stuff at the moment. F*&king he-doublehockeysticks you idiots. You're not journalists anymore - you're clickbait writing hacks.

 

Clickbait copying hacks.


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