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10/22/2013 6:35:52 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
rbutr http://rbutr.com... is a browser plug-in for Chrome, with Firefox coming soon we're told. The idea is that when you go a page on the web that's making a claim, the plug-in will automatically alert you to a page that rebuts the claim. There may be rebuttals to the rebuttal, and so forth.
In principle, for every page on answersingenesis.org there would be a pointer to the refutation on talkorigins.org.
There is no algorithm accomplishing the trick. It's all crowd sourced, which means that a volunteer has to set up the pointers for each web page and rebuttal. The rebuttals are not moderated. That's left to crowd sourcing as well, with rebuttals voted up or down on a list. Recently an enterprising volunteer found a hundred web pages referencing a bogus cancer cure and set up the pointers from each page to the scientific rebuttal article.
The rbutr site has been around for about a year and a half and they seem to be getting some traction, but there is a long, long way to go in plowing the fields of internet garbage. This seems like a natural for DDOers, both using the plug-in as a debate aid and helping build the links. It could also help feed traffic to DDO if a good debate can be cited refuting a bogus claim.
I just discovered rbutr, so I can't say how well it works. Maybe DDO tech types would like to try it out.