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Topic # 223408 28-Sep-2017 11:17
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Why do people post these silly little "challenges" on Facebook such as, "Name a fish that does not have the letter 'A' in it. Bet you can't"? I assume that when people post an answer they are giving all their Facebook data to the OP?  Is that how it works?  The "challenges' are so puerile and stupid that people can't possibly post them for any other reason but to harvest users data.  At least, that is my assumption. Any thoughts?  





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  Reply # 1874023 28-Sep-2017 11:22
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I agree. Please give me your email address is a scam, but these fun Facebook questions are so cool and fun, have a go!  Harvested.


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  Reply # 1874025 28-Sep-2017 11:24
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eel herring smelt ... scorpion fish swordfish flounder sole





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  Reply # 1874038 28-Sep-2017 11:33
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Goldfish. So what do I win? tongue-out


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  Reply # 1874040 28-Sep-2017 11:33
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  Reply # 1874043 28-Sep-2017 11:39
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Tinshed:

 

Why do people post these silly little "challenges" on Facebook such as, "Name a fish that does not have the letter 'A' in it. Bet you can't"? I assume that when people post an answer they are giving all their Facebook data to the OP?  Is that how it works?  The "challenges' are so puerile and stupid that people can't possibly post them for any other reason but to harvest users data.  At least, that is my assumption. Any thoughts?  

 

 

You got three customers so far lol


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  Reply # 1874046 28-Sep-2017 11:43
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Cod

These things are for retarded apes

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  Reply # 1874049 28-Sep-2017 11:49
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These things are for retarded apes

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And there's the thing. These quizzes are so tempting to quickly give an answer, in effect to disprove the dare "Bet you can't!".  Such a human impulse. And a surprising number of my Facebook friends, who should know better, answer these damn things. I want to post a comment on them, "Don't be such a damn fool. if you answer, you are giving away your email and other data." But of course, that is no different to answering, "trout".





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  Reply # 1874052 28-Sep-2017 11:52
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I have opened up hundreds of fish and I have never found an A in one.





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  Reply # 1874059 28-Sep-2017 12:03
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Ah yes, and the Facebook IQ tests...

 

My contention is that just clicking on that link automatically shows that you have a below-average IQ.

 

Click to see full size

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1874065 28-Sep-2017 12:20
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MikeB4:

 

I have opened up hundreds of fish and I have never found an A in one.

 

 

 

 

But what were their names, Mike? I bet you didn't even ask them before you opened them up!





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  Reply # 1874066 28-Sep-2017 12:23
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Commenting on a Facebook post does not provide the poster with any more information than that already publicly available on your profile by anyone. The only way your email address is visible to anyone is if it's (stupidly) set to public on your profile. These quizzes really are nothing more than a bit of fun (not for me personally), and a way for Facebook pages to increase engagement (and therefore hopefully gain more likes leading to more ad revenue).

 

 

 

See more about Facebook's privacy settings here: https://www.facebook.com/about/basics


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  Reply # 1874085 28-Sep-2017 12:59
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Came here to post answer to question in title... not only do I feel mislead but someone already beat me to my answer.

Double feels :sad face emoji:

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  Reply # 1874087 28-Sep-2017 13:05
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MikeB4:

 

I have opened up hundreds of fish and I have never found an A in one.

 

 

 

 

But what were their names, Mike? I bet you didn't even ask them before you opened them up!

 

 

Foul hook, gut hook and lip hook.

 

 





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  Reply # 1874088 28-Sep-2017 13:07
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Can't believe no-one has said Kingfish yet,

 

Oh...

 

 

 

I think it is just to get their 'likes' or replies count up - may make them more relevant in Facebook's algorithms for 'Thing You Might Be Interested In' etc.


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  Reply # 1874099 28-Sep-2017 13:41
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All the people I see on facebook that do this stuff are my parents or their friends, or parents of friends.  Anytime they do it I try send them a message telling them what it's really about, but they don't get it and never will.  It's up to Facebook and other platforms to phase out this type of crap.  Like I heard they were trying to phase out the "you'll never believe what happened next" type of click bait statuses and links.  Though I still see plenty of those.


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