Some people like to keep it low-key. Others are eager to spark some open-ended conversations. The remaining love diving deep into the burning zone where statements uttered are so controversial they get the discussion sizzling in no time.

And what for? Let’s say if you have a burning unpopular opinion, you’d know why. And there’s a safe corner of the internet known as the UnpopularOpinion subreddit that has had the most disputable points of view flowing since 2012. By disputable, I mean things like water with cereal is better, and clapping for healthcare workers who are only doing their job is cringy.

So let’s see what the community of a whopping 1.9M members is living for right below, and be sure to hit us in the comments in case you have an opinionated bomb to drop that will likely stir some reactions.

#1

Kids Who Succeed Academically Deserve Scholarships More Than Kids Who Are Good At Sports

Kids Who Succeed Academically Deserve Scholarships More Than Kids Who Are Good At Sports Like come on, people who work their assess off have to struggle more so than people who are good at a sport? It's just like how Doctors are paid less than NBA Players... one saves lives, the other plays basketball competitively.

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

Agreed. And football athletes shouldn’t have huge stipends compared to track athletes

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#2

Automakers Should Stop Replacing Buttons With Massive Touchscreens

Automakers Should Stop Replacing Buttons With Massive Touchscreens Yeah sure, it’s futuristic and all, but a lot of them are just becoming a hassle and a hazard. I shouldn’t have to spam tap a screen to change the climate controls, whereas a dial would be so much simpler and easy to use. The screens are basically impossible to use with gloves on if you live in a colder place. And frankly, most automakers just suck at making them. They are super laggy and hard to use. Cars can still look modern with a clean button and dial interior setup, and perhaps a smaller screen to display information. The infotainment system should not have to constantly take the drivers attention off the road.

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes! I could change the time on the clock in my "old" car by turning one button. On my new car I have to access two menus and press multiple screens. I don't see how that's an improvement.

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#3

If A Police Chief Coordinates A “No Knock House Raid” And They Go The Wrong House, They Should Be Charged With Whatever Happens

If A Police Chief Coordinates A “No Knock House Raid” And They Go The Wrong House, They Should Be Charged With Whatever Happens Like breaking and entering, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, first degree murder, terrorism, etc... the coordinating police chief in charge of the raid should be held responsible for whatever happens.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
3 months ago

And the department should pay for any property damages. Just to avoid spending money they would be more careful

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#4

I Hate Restaurants/Companies That Only Have Facebook Pages Rather Than A Website

I Hate Restaurants/Companies That Only Have Facebook Pages Rather Than A Website I deleted Facebook in 2011 and since, never looked back and if anything so glad that I did.

The issue now, FB is so integrated into day to day life people only use that for advertising.

I hate getting emails about "Win this product" then you read how to enter and they say, Like Us/Follow Us and re post Us on Facebook to be entered.

Or a restaurant which is FB only and clicking the link you are greeted with a million log in screens and limited information.

IMO this is a rubbish way to get to your target audience and I avoid companies who solely use FB.

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
3 months ago

Me too . Ugh

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#5

Telling A Guy To "Man Up" Is The Same As Telling A Woman To "Get Back In The Kitchen"

Telling A Guy To "Man Up" Is The Same As Telling A Woman To "Get Back In The Kitchen" I see a lot of posts on Reddit of people whom have gone through traumatic experiences in their lives; be it war, rape, suicide, depression, that sort of stuff.

Usually, 50% of a comment thread consists of 'man up' and 'X can't happen to men!'. It's annoying as all hell, and yeeah often those comments do get downvoted, but not enough to send them straight to the bottom of the list.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
3 months ago

100% true. It is pure sexism in both cases. And very harmful.

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#6

Screw You If You Record Yourself Giving Things To Homeless People

Screw You If You Record Yourself Giving Things To Homeless People You see it all over the internet these days, people recording themselves giving food or money or whatever to homeless people. All it is for these people is a personal boost, a way to get views on the internet and make themselves feel important. I think these actions should be shot down not praised and receive 10 million video views. If you’re really this good person you claim to be you would give to the homeless, give to shelters, help people and not tell anyone else about it, it’s that simple.

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River Webb
Community Member
3 months ago

its not a good deed if the reason you do it is to blurt it out on social media

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#7

It Should Be Illegal For A Company To List An Entry Level Job As Requiring 3-5 Years Experience, The Very Definition Of An Entry Level Job Is No Experience Needed

It Should Be Illegal For A Company To List An Entry Level Job As Requiring 3-5 Years Experience, The Very Definition Of An Entry Level Job Is No Experience Needed Graduates and school leavers already have an extremely hard time finding work in todays economy, most of which are forced to do jobs that had nothing to do with their fields because companies are too lazy to train and too cheap to offer training, they always want some other company to train them. Also if you require 3-5 years experience then the salary of those jobs should be considerably higher and NOT the basic entry level salary, they just want more for less. So long as your qualifications meet the required job they should be considered.

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
3 months ago

I will agree to that 100%. Entry level jobs should not require previous experience.

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#8

If I Catch A Baseball At A Major League Game And You Send Your Kid Over, You're The As**ole, Not Me

If I Catch A Baseball At A Major League Game And You Send Your Kid Over, You're The As**ole, Not Me I've been going to baseball games my entire life. I have well over 1,000 games attended. One of my life long dreams is to catch a baseball in the stands. To me that is a chosen from the baseball gods moment. Lately I've been seeing more and more when someone catches the ball a parent will send a kid over to collect their prize. Everyone boos the person who caught the ball for not giving it to the kid. The person who caught the ball has likely been waiting since they were that kid's age to catch one and now they have an entire section if not stadium bullying them to give it to some little kid that will have 0 appreciation for it because they just did what their parents told them and went and asked for it.

Obviously if I ever catch a ball I will break it to the kid that inevitably gets sent over gently that no, I will not give them the ball AND I will take my boos. But to the parents who send their sex trophy over to collect something that they aren't entitled to, you are horrible parents/people and I don't feel bad that your kid is sad now, it's your fault.

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Daria Z
Community Member
3 months ago

Parents should not expect other people to be their kids' providers. If they want their kid to have this ball, well, catch it yourself!

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#9

When I’m Old And Unable To Care For Myself, I Want To Be Taken Care Of By Professionals, Not Burden My Children Who Will Have Their Own Families To Care For

When I’m Old And Unable To Care For Myself, I Want To Be Taken Care Of By Professionals, Not Burden My Children Who Will Have Their Own Families To Care For Why on earth would ANY adult want to have their ass wiped by their children? I can think of nothing more humiliating or dehumanizing.

I never understood why nursing homes (pre pandemic) were always such an awful thing.

My bfs grandma would get up an wander around the neighborhood and forget where she was. She would trash the house. She would need to be bathed and fed by others because she couldn’t function. His aunt had to quit her job to look after her, all while having kids of her own. What mother would want that for their children?? What person would want their own health and safety in the hands of someone who is trying to juggle their own lives and children and work instead of a person who takes care of others as their chosen career?

There is a HUGE difference between changing a 6 month old’s diaper and an 80 year old’s. And imo there is a HUGE difference between having a medical professional see you naked and clean you than your grown kids seeing you naked and cleaning you.

I would not want my children to remember me as an invalid who needed s*it wiped away from their vagina because of diapers.

As soon as a person is unable to function alone, they should be put in professional care and NOT be shamed for that decision.

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Bored Batgirl
Community Member
3 months ago

I agree with this

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#10

Choosing To Terminate A Pregnancy Because The Child Would Be Handicapped Is Reasonable

Choosing To Terminate A Pregnancy Because The Child Would Be Handicapped Is Reasonable Firstly i want to mention that i have worked with both physically and mentally handicapped people and among them were the most lovable, loving and truly inspiring people I've met in my life. Albeit i don't think it's fair for parents to be required to sacrifice their chance of a normal life for their child. To those who do, whether by choice or not, give birth to handicapped children, you have my deepest respect and I don't doubt that parents will do anything in their power to provide the best life for their children and love them the way they are, but i don't think it's wrong to assume that such a life is more emotionally taxing than raising healthy children. As previously mentioned these people often exhibit a love for life most of us couldn't compare to. Still i don't think you should be required to give up your own life and sanity for someone else because of societies morals. Honestly i wouldn't be strong enough to handle such a situation.

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Dark Pearl
Community Member
3 months ago

Or because you didn't want to get pregnant.

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#11

Dear Parents Whose Adult Children Don't Talk To Them - It's Always Your Fault

Dear Parents Whose Adult Children Don't Talk To Them - It's Always Your Fault You were the adult when they were a child. If their first instinct, as soon as they get out from under your thumb, is to completely ignore you forever, you need to own the fact that you messed up as a parent at several, consistent, points along the road throughout your child's upbringing. They hate you for a good reason, and they're probably better off without you in their lives.

There are a number of forms of abuse that range from over-parenting, to neglect, over-discipline to straight up negative enabling behavior.

I have friends who don't talk to their parents because the strictness was so suffocating, and friends who don't talk to their parents because they were lazy bums who never took an interest in their child's life. There are tons of other reasons kids abandon relationships with their folks, but the one thing that stays true through all of these experiences for me is that it's always the parents fault.

This is mostly about relationships that end as soon as the kid leaves the house, not necessarily relationships that break down during adulthood, although the same reasoning could be applied in a lot of these cases too.

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Joonscrab
Community Member
3 months ago

Agreed! If kids feel the need to distance themselves completely after they grow up, something must have happened in their childhood that messed up their views towards them.

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#12

I'm Not Telling My Kids To Never Hit Girls

Got a call from the school saying my son punched a girl in his class. I was mad and ready to ground him when he got home when it occurred to me that I should ask why he hit her. The principal told me that the little girl pushed him and took his lunch money and continued to take her folder and smack him with it when he got fed up and punched her in the shoulder. Now, if they knew that the little girl had done all this and was continuing to do it, they should have intervened. They didn't so my son defended himself. Not in trouble.

When I told the principal that it seemed justified, she told me that I shouldn't make it seem okay to hit little girls. I let her know that my children know that it's not okay to hit anybody. But that it's also not okay to stand there and just be hit either. It's totally okay to defend yourself against anybody and everybody that is attacking you.

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River Webb
Community Member
3 months ago

tell kids to be kind to everyone, not only a specific gender

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#13

Sleeping In Your Car Should Be Completely Legal And Never Looked Down Upon

Sleeping In Your Car Should Be Completely Legal And Never Looked Down Upon I don’t understand why it’s illegal in some places and under many circumstances to sleep in your car. Your car is your property and you should have the right to sleep in it without question. For any reason whatsoever. It could be that you can’t afford an apartment or you just decided not to drive home drunk and sleep in your car. Or any other damn reason. I understand if you park your car on someone’s property illegally and try to sleep in it you should be forced to find another spot but sleeping in your car should be legal. It’s property and no one should be telling me that I can’t sleep in it.

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Amy S
Community Member
3 months ago

I never knew there were parts of the world where this is illegal! That seems so unfair.

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#14

It Doesn't Matter How Much You Like His Music, Tekashi 69 Slept With A 13 Year Old And By Listening To His Music You Are Lining The Pockets Of A Rapist

It Doesn't Matter How Much You Like His Music, Tekashi 69 Slept With A 13 Year Old And By Listening To His Music You Are Lining The Pockets Of A Rapist No music is worth actively giving a rapist money no matter how much you like his songs. I can't understand the logic of continuing to support an artist that did something so terrible. He admitted to it in a court of law, how people still support this man is beyond me.

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
3 months ago

Also Marilyn Manson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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#15

Hiring A Stripper Before The Day Of Your Supposed To Be Married To The Love Of Your Life Is Disgusting, And Extremely Weird

Hiring A Stripper Before The Day Of Your Supposed To Be Married To The Love Of Your Life Is Disgusting, And Extremely Weird Now if you plan on having an open relationship, I don’t care, and disregard my title, but so many monogamous couples see this an opportunity to get their d**k wet one last time or a hot nude man to strip for them. Just saying this is unpopular, because it was on the front page of a relationship. I always thought my Eastern (cannot bring up which one because Bot thinks I’m racist) Wedding Traditions were unnecessarily long and padded out, but it’s better then hiring an escort to pleasure you on the last day your “single”. Why get married if you’re going to miss the life of casual hookups that much?

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Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that an unpopular opinion? Ok.

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#16

I Am Sick To Death Of Hearing About The United States Of America, I Couldnt Care Any Less About That Country

I Am Sick To Death Of Hearing About The United States Of America, I Couldnt Care Any Less About That Country Every time I open my phone, look at a newspaper, watch TV, or go onto my computer, all I see is news about the United States of America. I don't give a single s*it about that country, its infuriating. I couldn't care less about who is running the USA any more than I care who is running Zimbabwe or Denmark.

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Micah Patchen
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Im an American and am sick to death of hearing about Americans. I hate that America is so uppity. America is like way down in the list Of wonderful places to live. For America to be such a developed country, we have a lot of undeveloped areas, forgotten people, poverty, homelessness. America is the wizard of Oz, don't Look behind the curtain because it's s**t

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#17

Making Fun Of Men Who Lose Their Hair Because Of Male Pattern Baldness Is Body Shaming

Making Fun Of Men Who Lose Their Hair Because Of Male Pattern Baldness Is Body Shaming Watching yourself lose all of your hair and not being able to do anything about it is an agonizing process and no one deserves to be made fun of for it. It is just as bad as any other form of body shaming and people who do it should be called out on it. If you think making fun of people who are fat, skinny, small, big etc etc is bad, but making fun of bald people is okay, then you are a hypocrite.

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BorPand8
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I've never heard people making fun of bald guys. Now comb-overs, that's another story... Y'know what though, I have heard something similar when he's hitting on a girl who's, like, 20 years younger than him. And in those cases, it's not about being bald, it's about being a pervy creep hitting on women young enough to be your daughter.

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#18

There Is Absolutely No Goddamn Reason Why You Should Have 10 Kids

Unless you’re adopting them, there’s no reason why you should have 10 kids. Especially if you’re struggling with your other kids.

Just absolutely no fu**ing reason why. Four kids(biological) should be the maximum and even that’s pushing it.

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Dark Pearl
Community Member
3 months ago

Upvote x Infinity

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#19

Caller Id Should Be Mandatory. No Person Or Organization Should Be Able To Hide Behind "Unknown Caller". If You Have Access To My Phone Number And Have Chosen To Contact Me, I Should Have A Right To Know Who You Are

Caller Id Should Be Mandatory. No Person Or Organization Should Be Able To Hide Behind "Unknown Caller". If You Have Access To My Phone Number And Have Chosen To Contact Me, I Should Have A Right To Know Who You Are I never answer my phone if its caller unknown and that could be a problem in an emergency. At the same time I can get up to 10 unknown calls a day from two separate numbers attached to a single device. If your calling me I should have a right to know who you are and yes that should influence if I will answer or not.

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Dark Pearl
Community Member
3 months ago

IKR. I keep getting a call from the most evil human being in the world, and she hides behind 'Private Number'. What a b***h!

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#20

Broccoli Is Freaking Delicious And I Don't Understand People Who Don't Like It

Broccoli Is Freaking Delicious And I Don't Understand People Who Don't Like It I am not American, but my country's tv channels play a lot of American shows and all these kids always complain about how utterly disgusting they find broccoli and how they would rather die than eat it.

Well if you're gonna salt and boil it, what else do you expect? Add some spices, red chilli powder, olive oil, turmeric or some sauces, and it tastes absolutely godly. Even without too much spice, it still tastes so good and I love gorging on them.

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Dark Pearl
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

You sound like CinemaSins sinning Inside Out XD! *Ding*

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#21

One Of The Biggest Failings Of Modern Education Is Managing To Convince A Whole Generation That Wikipedia Is An Unreliable Source

One Of The Biggest Failings Of Modern Education Is Managing To Convince A Whole Generation That Wikipedia Is An Unreliable Source Wikipedia is a practically unlimited source of free knowledge which is constantly being monitored by an army of nerds.

The fact that we do not have to pay for access is a miracle.

(Near enough) every article has a full and reliable list of references at the bottom.

I understand that students should be encouraged use the references at the bottom for true research but this is not taught. Students are simply told ‘Stay away from Wikipedia, anyone can change it, it’s completely unreliable’.

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
3 months ago

I do use it sometimes to get factual information that would generally be undisputed. However, I agree that everything should be double-checked if using the information for anything serious.

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
3 months ago

I think you'll agree that it does provide very comprehensive introduction into subjects which are new to you and you can then launch off using the references. I learned a lot about subjects like Eastern Prussia, manganese nodules or musical notation that way, while I'd probably not fork out for a book on those areas. I love it and like to contribute.

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Jessica Bertram
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

um, Educator here. Wikipedia is an unreliable source, but an EXCELLENT place to get TO real sources. Read the article to get an overview on the subject, the go to the source list for the real goods. Because literally anyone can write anything on any page, Wikipedia itself *can*, depending on the subject, be unreliable. The more controversial the subject, the more suspect it will be, and likely to bias and frequent modification the landing article will be. But it is an excellent RESOURCE, NOT SOURCE.

Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

Try to change it nowadays and see how fast your changes get reverted. I edited a few tiny mistakes I've seen and I've had to back up those edits with reliable source of information. It's not like in the early days.

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Whole Lotta' Baseball
Community Member
3 months ago

When I was 10, I tried to troll Wikipedia and I changed 5 things, they all got changed back within 3 minutes, and my account got blocked.

Commander Rex
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, clearly reliable

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로희
Community Member
3 months ago

Fortunately my graduate professors never discredit Wikipedia. I've been told over and over that we may use it for initial stage of research although we can't quote anything from it. They encourage us to refer to the original sources of reference used by the page and do cross-checking.

Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Wikipedia is not an unreliable source if you know how to use it indeed. It's a great starting point. The fact that anyone can change it, is its greatest merit. A basic skill should be to learn how to think critically. Our educational systems are very much failing a whole generation.

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

It is important to explain to students the proper way of citing sources, and the way of understanding sources. Wikipedia simply is a secondary source, not a primary one, and should therefore not generally be cited. It is perfect as a startng point for research, though.

M O'Connell
Community Member
3 months ago

Agreed! Citing Wikipedia is identical to citing the World Book Encyclopedia. You're assuming that the page writer's understanding of their cited material is correct, and that the information is complete. Wikipedia is an absolutely amazing resource for research but it is the starting point of that research, not the ending point.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
3 months ago

The best use for Wikipedia is the references. You can get a lot of reliable information just by reading them.

Col BatGuano
Community Member
3 months ago

Tell me any lie and I can point you to a reference that says it's the truth.

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
3 months ago

"Col BatGuano regularly penetrates dogs and their offspring take on the form of hollywood actors who secretly run the U.S. Also, China does not exist and is just a puppet-show of the Marshmallow children of Col BatGuano." Find me a source other than this sentence please.

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
3 months ago

Science/tech articles are generally reliable. Anything to do even slightly with politics IS unreliable in Wikipedia.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't know where you're getting this information because if something is in politics and related to actual events, it's likely sourced.

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
3 months ago

There are as many errors in Wikipedia as there are in print encyclopedia. However, the big difference is people with agendas can get into subjects and change them--for mischief or malice. Moreover, you have be aware of the bias and position of the people writing about the subjects. Readers just have to be aware of this.

Shelp
Community Member
3 months ago

If someone changes something into a Wikipedia article, everybody who's contributed to it gets a notification. In other words, nobody can just modify a Wikipedia entry unnoticed. It will most likely be there for a couple of minutes, before the modification is reversed. Plus, a lot of controversial Wikipedia pages don't allow users without a certain amount of editing experience to modify the articles.

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
3 months ago

Sorry a lot of the articles are written by people with zero specialization in the subject and it shows. I DESPISE pretty much everything there on Soviet history as it is either the result of cherry picking ( like when they cite the one sentence about repression in my book) or a rehash of outdated literature. Its ok for things like dates and basic facts, and good for starting to mine the bibliography, but for any serious research you need something way more specialized and better vetted than wikipedia. And a lot of books can be downloaded for free either through university subscriptions, your local library's subscriptions or sites like Z library and Libgen.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

And yet, if you look at a physical encyclopedia from 20 years ago, it would have been considered a perfectly acceptable source and likely had far less information and sources for that information.

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Edgar Rops
Community Member
3 months ago

Applies to English version mostly. E.g. Russian one is not as good - lot of reprints from outdated sources, has a noticeable political bend.

JimiB09
Community Member
3 months ago

Untrue. I tell my students to use the references at the bottom. I do, however, have them avoid Wikipedia articles for current politicians for obvious reasons.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
3 months ago

Two friends who are professors tell their students, NEVER cite Wikipedia, but always check the footnotes on the articles for hints on where to do their own research.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

This is the problem though, why isn't Wikipedia acceptable given that a physical encyclopedia from 20 years ago was far more limited in information and no guarantee to be lacking bias? It was acceptable to cite a physical encyclopedia and Wikipedia has required for at least a decade that edits be strictly monitored and controlled. It has to be more legit than some of the past sources we all considered okay to use.

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James
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3 months ago

I'm not in college any more but back when I was, we weren't told not to use Wikipedia, just don't quote it as the reference, quote the same reference as the wikipedia page. So, in the sense that anyone can post without corroboration, to quote Wikipedia as reference is unreliable.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

But no more unreliable than a physical encyclopedia from 20 years ago. They were limited and not immune to bias from the authors either. In fact, Wikipedia has better check systems and controls today than any older encyclopedia ever had. If those were acceptable sources, so should be wikipedia today.

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Easily Excitable Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

It IS an unreliable source, mainly because a single person has written or edited over a million entries, and it's his opinions that color and influence the information and the way it's presented.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

Because you think the old physical encyclopedias were not written by a handful of the same people with limited information?... Wikipedia today is far more controlled and checked than any encyclopedia from 20 years ago. Everyone who edits an article is notified of any future edits. Teams of people monitor all the topics and the core information like scientific information and such is even more strictly controlled.

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Viva Patata
Community Member
3 months ago

Specialists, researchers, librarians etc. contribute to Wikipedia, and it's reviewed.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep, this stigma from 20 years ago when it started and wasn't as strictly controlled just refuses to go away

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Bananic
Community Member
3 months ago

I thank wikipedia for teaching me when i couldnt afford my education.

Aubrey Oleandereie
Community Member
3 months ago

We used to had professor at our university who fight for Wikipedia as reliable source and made group who manage thousands of articles in my language. He sadly died this year in blessed age 90 years. ( Just like to point out he started at his 80's. Real visionare)

Shelp
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, he deserves a statue!

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Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
3 months ago

As a graduate engineer I had a senior engineer try to reference something from Wikipedia. I told him absolutely no way

K.Kobayashi
Community Member
3 months ago

Because?

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

Wikipedia is user-sourced, and whilst most of it is good with quoted references, there have been instances in the past of entries being sabotaged. The good entries have multiple sources and have been reviewed by many users. The bad ones can be one person's opinion and completely innacurate. Take everything on it with a pinch of salt and check the references to get a feel for the accuracy.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, in the past. They've upped their requirements and monitoring over the last 15 years. It's always good to double check everything, but let's be real, if I referenced an encyclopedia from 20+ years ago, it was no more guaranteed to be legit but was an acceptable reference. The point of the reference is so it can be check later and critiqued for its validity.

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Ian Taggart
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm told that false information on Wikipedia is destroyed within two minutes of it being uploaded.

Doc Thissen
Community Member
3 months ago

I use Wikipedia for research, and I follow the links that are cited, if I can't find at least two sources to back up the reference, I'll skip it.

Vuun
Community Member
3 months ago

My experience is very different. I've been taught to use Wikipedia references and now as a teacher I do the same. Wikipedia gives very nice summaries on most subjects, but you do have to check the sources, because it absolutely can be unreliable and sometimes flat out wrong.

Iusedtobecute
Community Member
3 months ago

I think it was less accurate in the early days so it got dissed by educators. It has gotten much better, but people used to put some screwed up, edited bs on there in the beginning.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

This is the issue and where the stigma comes from. It's time for that stigma to die out though because their controls and monitoring of edits has been excellent for the last 10+ years.

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C.S. E.
Community Member
3 months ago

As long as what you are referencing has a valid source link (always check it out), there is nothing wrong with WIki.

David Retsler
Community Member
3 months ago

Except it IS unreliable unless you limit your use of it to get the references. The "army of nerds" are not experts in everything and they don't patrol their areas of expertise 24/7.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

And yet people trusted physical encyclopedias 20 years ago as references even though they were still a limited number of people involved. I think it's a bit of a digital bias and simply a remnant of Wikipedia's origins before they had such strict controls that people keep harping on it. Wikipedia today is pretty sound in regards to the core of information. Fringe topics will always be suspect.

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Daenarys
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3 months ago

As a 6th grade English and Science teacher I 100% agree with this. I always teach my students that it is an excellent source for resources to reduce their research time. It's also a great source for pictures since it gives all the copyright information about how you can and can't use them.

Paul Mitchell
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3 months ago

It's generally reliable. Unlike the BBC or Fox News.

Abdurrahman Hammam
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3 months ago

This is mostly true. Well, mostly. I had been surfing Wikipedia for some time and I feel like some of the articles are biased. No, not unreliable by means of undependable citations. They were sometimes marred with logical fallacies, including only sources from one side or even written with agendas. This usually happen with articles with religious, sociological and political nature (just for your information, I caught biases from the other side too. Lots of them). How to use Wikipedia, then? Well, read it fully ALONG WITH THE CITATIONS and crosscheck it. If i has negative attitudes toward a certain viewpoint wit no balance, it is likely biased. This way, you can use Wikipedia mostly safe.

Hannah M
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3 months ago

I think Wikipedia can be a good starting place for research, or quick answers. But as well as the question of reliability, there is the reality that an encyclopedia entry isn't going to have the same level of explanation as a resource written by experts and dedicated to the topic.

Melvin Dragvelk
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3 months ago

Anyone can edit wiki, so it is not all true.

Commander Rex
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3 months ago

Except they fix problems VERY quickly.

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lara
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3 months ago

Sorry, I know everyone wants it easy and free. But I have found many things that were just out and out wrong. If any of my students used Wikicrap as a source without back up sources, it is an automatic F.

Kathryn Baylis
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3 months ago (edited)

I always went to the bibliography as a source for articles to use in my own work, if I was having a hard time finding sources to get started with. They’re especially useful if the source is a newspaper article—-some research is on subject matter so recent, there hasn’t been enough time for scholarly sources to be available yet. If the articles were useful, great. If not, I didn’t use them.

May
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3 months ago

I teach college, and I tell my students to go ahead and use Wikipedia to learn, but to use the cited references if they're writing a paper. Wikipedia is great for looking up science terms

Chelaine Hoffer
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3 months ago

I work in education, and I, along with every other educator I know, tell our students that wikipedia is a great starting place to find reference links. I don't know what school the OP is talking about, but from my experience, this is not a true statement about "modern education."

Barry Parker
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3 months ago

Because most places still won't accept Wikipedia itself as a reference which to me is a bit silly in 2021 given that they now have strict controls on editing and its definitely more thorough and reliable than most of the physical encyclopedias of my youth.

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Aurelia!
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3 months ago

I mostly agree with this - in my opinion, Wikipedia is super great for starting out your research and getting a preliminary understanding of a topic, and also for looking at the references, but I do think that you shouldn't actually cite/footnote it in a formal paper or assignment.

Norah
Community Member
3 months ago

It IS taught though! I teach research methods at university, a required course for M.Sc. students. My colleagues and I all explicitly teach students how to use Wikipedia: read it, digest it, and if you want to cite it, go find the source at the bottom and double check whether the information was relayed from there accurately.

KiwiBubbles
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3 months ago

Haha, so in one particular class I was in once, the teacher was going on and on about how we weren't allowed to use Wikipedia because "anyone can edit it and it's totally unreliable". She then proceeded to direct us to use this other website. I got onto the website, read an article on it. Big as life at the bottom of the article... an "edit" button. Not sure her logic checks out...

Bill
Community Member
3 months ago

One of the founders thinks Wiki should be burned to the ground because WikiP has become too liberal and pro communist in their articles.

Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
3 months ago

Because I think they are important and worth it, I do donate to Wikipedia from time to time

Rukkia
Community Member
3 months ago

I was taught to not use it as a source for school, but I do find it terribly helpful in finding a starting point for information. Like with anything else, double check your information. Regardless of where you get it. Even the most reputable sources can be wrong.

Tim Haight
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to teach at ITT Tech, which was one of the for profit colleges that were closed for their predatory loan practices (like 20K for an associate degree). One class I tought regularly was an intro to computer class. I would have the snowflakes literally cut and paste articles from wikipedia and turn it in. Of course giving them an F for plagiarism was a no no, even though they deserved. As a source, the information needs to be scrutinized since anyone can edit the content. Other sources need to be used , not just the wiki articles I would constantly be bombarded with.

David Brannigan
Community Member
3 months ago

Agreed. I use it all the time. Usually to confirm something I already know. I have never found it to be wrong. I was told when doing my Medics training that we couldn't use Google to research as it was not real research and that the information on there was made up. No idea where that twat got his ideas, but that was in 2001.

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty early on objective studies showed that Wikipedia is about as accurate as Brittanica or World Book encyclopedias but because it allows the public to add or correct information that was seen as an 'error' instead of a 'feature.'

Autumn
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3 months ago

I was told that wikipedia was unreliable but I still used it. I'd say that overall it's a great source. I'd still double check things if it's for something important. I've actually edited a few things myself although they were about book series......

Wilson Pickett
Community Member
3 months ago

it is

Parker Kinsey
Community Member
3 months ago

It wasn’t always that way! Wikipedia used to be much less reliable.

Marigen Beltran
Community Member
3 months ago

True, you can change it but other people will notice it and fix it.

Rannveig Ess
Community Member
3 months ago

it IS an unreliable source. When it started it was much better because people were excited to share their experiences and knowledge and contribute. Now just like a lot of places online it's full of trolls who edit false info into people's biographies that they don't like, remove things that make people they don't like look better than they want them to, insert veiled ads for their products, businesses and selves into it. I've seen many people's bios get hammered with horrible, sick, false things that turn the whole page into rubbish. the "list of references" means nothing if the "reference" is biased media in the first place or another online rubbish pile that just quotes slanted opinions. I used to edit tons of scientific and "odd" topics and I finally quit. There's people out there who just play games so they can be listed as editing the most, like kids trying to play "I WIN!" over things that can really be left. They get into whole personality and ego wars over it.

Gary French
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3 months ago

The failure is to not teaching people to cross check their facts.

Grady'sRaider
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3 months ago

This is one lf the few sites I have visited that has no trackers. Support them folks.

Phil Seiden
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3 months ago

I've used it so much over the years that I've taught myself how to add it to the Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Exploder context (right-click) menus at various times.

Simon Cataudo
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3 months ago

I thought the message was more not to rely on just one source of information...

Bacony Cakes
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3 months ago

I added "and it is stinky" to the article on A. Titanum and it got reverted in under 30 seconds.

Kira Okah
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

You need to combine it with education about source bias. For the love of everything - teach students about source bias! Everything is biased, and that includes wikipedia, but we don't teach enough about source bias - to the extent that those who cannot recognise the bias in a source have cited crazy racist stuff as credible and neutral sources in papers and on wikipedia.

margie rheaume
Community Member
3 months ago

Amen!!!!!!

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my gosh! So true!!!

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 months ago

If I just want the armchair explanation of something or who someone is I use Wikipedia preferably. If I want legit research then I stay away. It’s good for those straight to the point explanation of things

Margie Kelley
Community Member
3 months ago

I use it often and I appreciate that it exists everyday...it is one of the rare things that makes a smart phone smart.

MarcAngelina Alcober
Community Member
3 months ago

LOL!!!! I can go onto any wiki page right now- and edit the information that is on ANY page. I can also create any type of wiki page I want- like if I wanted to invent an new animal species called "Wacky-ding-dong" I could, right now- and then I could put random sources at the bottom to make it look legit... oy vey

Bama Belle
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah? Tell that to the American teenager who butchered the Wiki page on Scots. The story is actually pretty funny.

Carol Emory
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to use it, but found incorrect information and outright false information in it. I will scan information in it, but I look up specifics from other reliable sources before I believe it.

Martha Murphy
Community Member
3 months ago

Wikipedia has its place.

Thomas Register
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm constantly impressed by the breadth and depth of information in Wiki. That's why I contribute each year.

markthomasc
Community Member
3 months ago

The biggest failing of education is teaching to pass tests and not learning critical thinking and how to research from reliable sources.

EQXL
Community Member
3 months ago

Seeing how the Internet is overly filled with misinformation, Wikipedia truelly is a good source most of the time to start off and help you on your way if you want to deepen into subjects.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

Amen to this! I've had to point out to so many people that it isn't 2005 anymore. Wikipedia has citations at the bottom and for the most common information you'd find in any other encyclopedia, it has extremely reliable sources and strict guidelines on edits. It is definitely a more thorough and trustworthy source than the physical encyclopedias that were considered acceptable sources 20+ years ago.

Isidien Gudmundsdottir
Community Member
3 months ago

There's a reason why some people say that: "They can't read!" /just kidding...

Tory Mary
Community Member
3 months ago

Got told that on a recent assignment - thing is, I only referenced it to avoid plagiarism. I hadn't put a super important piece of info - it was some intro text. Really wish I hadn't bothered.

Sid Watson
Community Member
3 months ago

true and fun if your creative. just saying.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol, I alwaysed used it and used the reference at the bottom as my citation

K.Kobayashi
Community Member
3 months ago

It's probably more important to teach kids that books are unreliable sources. Anyone can write a book. Books don't have to go through any type of peer review or fact checking.

Pieter K
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3 months ago

If they're academic publications (by well-established publishers) , you can bet your ass they went through peer reviews and fact checking.

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#22

Nobody Should Have To Work 1/3rd Of Their Lives, For Over 40 Years, To Retire At ~60 Just To Finish Off Whatever Is Left Of Their Lives

Nobody Should Have To Work 1/3rd Of Their Lives, For Over 40 Years, To Retire At ~60 Just To Finish Off Whatever Is Left Of Their Lives As of right now I am 18 years old and looking into the future is depressing. I figure I’m gonna have to work 8 hours a day, sleep 8 hours a day and then have 8 hours a day to myself. This does not include things like getting ready for work, commute or shopping/cooking. At the end of the day I’m only going to have a few hours to do what I want... for over 40 years. It seems like my entire life is just preparing me to follow directions and then putting me into a factory where I’m a brick in a wall (reference intended). When I tell other people this, I get a response along the lines of: “That’s what everyone has to do,” or “That’s how its always been.” Why? Even if it is how life works. How it has to be to maintain quality for everyone. What is the point in living? This is existential crisis material. Thanks for reading.

tl;dr - People think I’m crazy for thinking working 1/3rd of your life is crazy.

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KKpp
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3 months ago

Find something you like to do and you won't consider it work

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#23

Most Soldiers Do Not “Fight For Our Rights” But Rather Fight For Money, A Career, Or By Compulsion From A Draft

Most Soldiers Do Not “Fight For Our Rights” But Rather Fight For Money, A Career, Or By Compulsion From A Draft The last war that was really about “our rights” was the civil war. Vietnam, WWI, II, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan were really about global power dynamics. The soldiers that fought in these wars were not defending our rights, because our rights were not really being threatened.

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Not Proud British
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3 months ago

They are usually fighting against an army that were once financed and backed by their government anyway. And if that war is won, the side the soldiers fought for, risked their lives for, could easily become the new enemy and they end up going back and fighting them again. It's pointless.

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#24

Racism Is Not Getting Worse... It's Getting Caught On Camera

Even with all this stuff going on. I don't believe that Racism is as bad as the early 1900s.

With the way technology is advancing today, we're able to see people for who they really are and called them out. Say what you want but atleast people from other races are fighting together. It isn't perfect, but I can say, atleast we're trying.

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I'm lay sheep in China
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3 months ago

Racism back in time was more worse since they slave u, Lynch u etc

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#25

If You Don't Want To Donate Your Organs After You Die; You Shouldn't Be Allowed To Receive Donated Organs

If You Don't Want To Donate Your Organs After You Die; You Shouldn't Be Allowed To Receive Donated Organs The only exception is if you cannot donate an organ for medical reasons, I've heard people say that they would accept a donated organ (but they wouldn't be happy to donate one) which is the height of selfishness in my opinion, letting people die so that a dead religious person can keep their organs (which will be cremated or buried) is insane.

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Wyn Williams
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Fully agree, where I live in Finland it's 'presumed consent' so you have to opt out, relatives may be consulted in certain circumstances but can't object because they don't like the idea. 90/95% of those needing transplants get them

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#26

I Would Rather Date Someone With No Social Media Presence Than Someone Who Posts Several Selfies A Day Across Multiple Social Media Platforms

I've found people with less social media presence tend to be less narcissistic and worlds more interesting. It seems like everyone wants to be an influencer nowadays or needs to feel validated for whatever reason. Don't even get me started on influencing. You can be a catch and not put yourself out there so much. Idk, maybe I just enjoy my privacy. I don't like having selfies of my spouse and I posted every day and to have my personal life plastered across the internet. I doubt I'm alone with this opinion.

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ch
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3 months ago

You are not alone in your opinion. It's true.

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#27

The Night Before A Day Off Work Is Way Better Then The Actual Day Off

The Night Before A Day Off Work Is Way Better Then The Actual Day Off Staying up late feeling like you got all the time in the world the night before a day off is 10x better than the actual day off where you need to be asleep by a certain time to get up for work the next day

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Bill Evs
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3 months ago

I've always felt like that too. Nothing better on a Sunday evening knowing you're off on the Monday.

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#28

Elon Musk Isn't A Good Person

Elon Musk Isn't A Good Person Now i know that this is a REALLY unpopular opinion because Elon Musk is a poster boy for zoomers because he posts and likes memes on twitter. Right at the start of the world pandemic he was posting on twitter how the panic is stupid and that people are panicking without a reason, even though people were falling and dying like flies into thousands of numbers, he belittled the virus and said how it was not that bad, and even compared it to a common flu, now he posts tweets to free the country and that people have lost their freedom, other than that he is praizing Texas on twitter for openning up stores and businesses, this is a great example of a billionaire that doesn't care about people and only cares about his money, i don't know how i feel about him at the moment, i am sad because he was one of the billionaires that were doing good for earth.. but this is just a big disappointment, i wonder where will he take this. What are your thoughts on this?

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ch
Community Member
3 months ago

He's an idiot.

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#29

True Gender Equality Will Be Marked By Nonchalance Towards, Not Celebration Of Gender

If true gender equality comes to fruition, then what it will mean is that people will stop giving a f*ck about one another's gender. Everyone would have equal opportunity, treatment, respect and appreciation, while being judged based on character, ability, personality and other proper grounds based on the situation. There would be no need for gender-based celebrations, since all related hurdles would have already been crossed.

What will be celebrated though, is mankind coming one step closer to overall human equality.

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Daria Z
Community Member
3 months ago

This! Finally.

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#30

Math Is Awesome And The Only Reason People Don't Like It Is That Schools Are Bad At Teaching It

Math Is Awesome And The Only Reason People Don't Like It Is That Schools Are Bad At Teaching It In my opinion, math is the most beautiful of any "traditional school subject," but the thing is schools are set up in a way that encourages teaching math as a bunch of formulas to memorize. And real math is seldom about memorization. I heard a friend describe math as "the most useful game humanity has ever created" and I have to say I agree with that. Math is like a game, it's a playground where you try to extrapolate truths from a set of rules. I will now spend the rest of this post explaining parts of math that are ignored in schools but are super interesting to me. My explanations don't use any technical math terms, but some of the videos linked will require some thinking.

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Dark Pearl
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3 months ago

My teachers are good at teaching it, actually.

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#31

Once Someone Agrees With You And Acknowledges Their Mistake, That's Your Cue To Shut Up

This one makes me rage sometimes. So there you are, having made some sort of mistake.

For hypotheticals lets pretend you forgot to put your mask on before going into Walmart. (This isn't about masks dont make it about masks, just using an example).

"Sir you need to have a mask on." (Acceptable)

"Why yes here it is, I'm so sorry I forgot. You're right." (Puts on mask)

We are officially done here.

"Well you see theres a pandemic going on....." (wrong. The conversation is over)

"Yeah, you're right I'm sorry man." (Acknowledged twice now, problem corrected! We are done now.)

"When you dont have a mask on you can infect other people...." (why the hell are you still talking)

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Combine Elite Soldier
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3 months ago

This is waht i need!

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#32

Men’s Mental Health Is A Joke To Everyone And It’s Really Disheartening As A Mom To Two Boys

Men’s Mental Health Is A Joke To Everyone And It’s Really Disheartening As A Mom To Two Boys My words might be all over the place, just trying to gather my thoughts.

It’s crazy to me how in this day and age we advocate for women’s mental health, we advocate for people to be understanding of women’s needs. But i noticed with the whole Will smith debacle (His wife jada was sleeping with someone while they were still married but taking a break) anyways in the video he looks really sad and like he’d been crying - might’ve just been tired but nevertheless, the internet wouldn’t stop with the jokes. If the shoe were on the other foot it would be people banding together calling others insensitive. I know that it’s popular right now to say “men are trash” and i just think if people went around saying “women are trash” everyone would be up in arms. We should be advocating for good mental health for ALL people. I know statistically speaking men commit more crimes and stuff like that, and it’s more of a reason to lift men up and advocate for their mental health.

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Isolde Leeuwen
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3 months ago

Double standards due to sexism are a loss for all sexes, no matter who seems to profit at first glance

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#33

It's So F**ked Up That Talking To Kids Is Now Taboo

This is something I seriously want people's opinions on. I saw a post of Leo DiCaprio taking a selfie with a young fangirl (looked like 12yo or something) at the US Open and just sitting there chatting to her. The first comment I see is "Idk this makes me uncomfortable"

I can't tell you how much it pissed me off. Someone in my eyes doing something so fu**ing cool as giving a fan the time of day and chatting to them can INSTANTLY be associated with pedophilia. It makes me sick. And then we call out celebrities when they don't want to take a selfie with us?

I love kids. I love listening to them, I love escaping reality with them, I love teaching them, I love watching them grow. How does someone see that and think "Well then you must love having sex with them too"

How fu**ing disturbed are you as a person for your mind to take that route? In this picture Leo isn't touching the girl, he's not sniffing the girl or doing some other creepy ass s*it. How is talking to a young person instantly associated with pedophilia?

We desperately need to change this attitude, because the people protecting and making young kids feel comfortable are being shamed and wrongfully accused of pedophilia.

By all means, at all times be wary. But don't just jump to pedophilia. That is f**ked up and we need to change that mindset.

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Cynner
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3 months ago (edited)

I agree! I have a soccer play field in front of my house and sometimes i see old men watching the kids (all ages) play soccer. I always melt, thinking of my father who loved soccer when he was Young and played in the street he grew up in. He also loves to watch the kids play and make a chat. I know the men that are watching the kids are remeniscing their fond memories, but i can't help to think that i hope the kids know that too and that it's not a Creep watching them.. hate it that it always Comes to mind.

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#34

Backstories Should Not Be Allowed On America's Got Talent And Other Similar Shows

I think backstories influences the judges' decision unfairly. Who would you rather choose, a kid who got cancer or an actually talented person but has had a good life. It's called America's Got Talent for a reason. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not some sympathy-less person. I certainly feel bad for them and do hope they have a better life in the future. I just feel like talent shows should be judged on actual talent.

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Zoe
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3 months ago

Agree. They're totally irrelevant

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#35

News Should Be A Dry Recitation Of Facts. If It Isn't, Then It's An Opinion Intended To Stir Your Emotions Into Clouding Your Judgement

News Should Be A Dry Recitation Of Facts. If It Isn't, Then It's An Opinion Intended To Stir Your Emotions Into Clouding Your Judgement It's so hard to find a news outlet that will just present the information without spin. Without trying to push you one way or another. I just want to know what happened so I can decide whether I like it or not. Why is that so hard to find? Quit telling me what to think.

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Margot Piasecka
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3 months ago (edited)

Especially visible in the US. In most European countries we don't have this problem - at least not to the same dramatic extent. At least there are some strict regulations and guidelines. Luckily. Also the more parties in a country the bigger the spectrum of information. Checking international media also helps to get a broader understanding.

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#36

You Don’t Need To Love Your Career. You Just Need To Be Able To Tolerate It So You Can Finance Doing What You Love

You Don’t Need To Love Your Career. You Just Need To Be Able To Tolerate It So You Can Finance Doing What You Love Don’t find fulfillment in your career. Find fulfillment in the hobbies you have, adventures you go on, and people you help because you have the financial freedom to do so. If you love your job that’s awesome, but this isn’t realistic for many people.

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Wyn Williams
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3 months ago

Pretty much, I had a well paid career I was not particularly happy in but it paid the bills and allowed me to support family and friends

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#37

I’m So Freaking Tired Of Being Forced To Care About Everything All At Once

I’m So Freaking Tired Of Being Forced To Care About Everything All At Once I’m just one guy. I try to be a good person; I try to treat everyone equally; I try to be kind and compassionate; I try to be a force of good.

But I’m just one guy. I have problems of my own. I have a life of my own. I shouldn’t be expected to constantly wade through the s*it that is the political and societal hellscape of 2020. I’m not a racist because you don’t think I’m angry enough. I’m not uneducated because I don’t pour through hours of toxic political commentary. I’m not privileged for wanting to distance myself from hatred.

I’m so sick of being alternatively mocked and hated for not living up to other people’s freedom fighter fantasy. I’m trying my best but I’m just one guy.

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Dark Pearl
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3 months ago

IKR. It is so annoying when people expect you to give a flying duck about their nonsense.

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#38

Amazon Could Really Use A "Filter Out Chinese Sellers" Option

Amazon Could Really Use A "Filter Out Chinese Sellers" Option It is so frustrating to shop on Amazon with the Chinese sellers and manufacturers on the site.

The fake reviews are overwhelming (think 50-90% fake reviews on FakeSpot or ReviewMeta), plus the products are cheap and break and when you go back to the manufacturer, most of them don't exist after 1-2 years. I would assume it's the same group of people making crappy merchandise and cycling their names over and over again and buying the same fake reviews.

Beyond this, I'm always worried that they've put some pollutant or carcinogen into the manufacturing process because their regulations are so lax. The examples in the media are countless--toothpaste with diethylene glycol, pet food that kills our dogs and cats, toys with lead paint, make up with lead, beryllium, bacterial contamination, cheap hardware that self destructs after a year.

And it can be so hard to tell because they often manufacture for companies like Mattel and Nestle so you think you're getting American or European.

This has been going on for decades and we just turn a blind eye to it because they're cheaper. Business ethics wise, they're about where the US was in the 1920s. This is an example of how capitalism can result in deadly consequences without strong governmental regulation.

Please feel free to downvote me into oblivion, whatever, I don't care, I'm just sick of the nonsense.

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ch
Community Member
3 months ago

Everything is from China and yes the fake reviews are horrible. It shouldn't be allowed. I reported some fake reviews and nothing was done. You get to where you don't trust any of them.

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#39

Not Learning (Or Worse, Not Teaching Your Kids) To Swim Is One Of The Absolute Stupidest Things You Could Do

Swimming is like walking, but for water. It's part of the few basic means of movement we, humans, have at our disposal, along with running, crawling and climbing. Not knowing how to swim puts you at a HUGE disadvantage, as you pretty much can't avoid water. Any mildly interesting / fun activity might turn into a potentially lethal one, should you not know how to swim. Going fishing? Better not fall into the water... It's like permadeath for video games: instead of ending up wet, and maybe slightly (or very) cold, you just friggin' die if you fall into deep water. I know, swimmers can drown too, but if you can't swim, you're guaranteed to have to be rescued.

On another note, it's so weird to see healthy people being incapable of performing the most basic human activities: I've seen grown men injure themselves trying to climb over a 3 feet fence (not drunk), women twisting their ankles and tearing tendons when running towards a bus stop, etc. Now, I'm not saying that everybody needs to be a world-class climber like Adam Ondra or swimmer, like Michael Phelps. But learning how to... I don't know, not die when navigating anything but flat terrain seems like it should be part of being a grown human.

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Aroace tiger
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3 months ago

I used to go to swimming lessons for years. Still can't swim

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#40

Digital Copies Of Games Should Be Far Cheaper Than Physical Copies

Digital Copies Of Games Should Be Far Cheaper Than Physical Copies The company is avoiding the following costs by selling digitally:

Sourcing materials

Manufacturing

Shipping

Shelf space

Employee wages

YET IT STILL costs the same price as a digital copy. Anyone who buys digital is absolutely being scammed.

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Hannah Edwards
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3 months ago

How is this an unpopular opinion?

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#41

If Will Smith Had Cheated On Jada The Internet Would Crucify Him, But Since It Was The Other Way Around People Are Making Fun Of Him

If Will Smith Had Cheated On Jada The Internet Would Crucify Him, But Since It Was The Other Way Around People Are Making Fun Of Him It is disgusting. If Will had cheated on Jada the entire internet would turn on him and crucify him. Except because he is a man he is the one being mocked and memed.

Firstly, we don't have a reason to be involved in their relationship, and if they choose to make it work then good on them.

However, that doesn't mean Jada should be proud of her actions. She abused the trust of a great man. I'm kinda surprised the internet isn't backing Will on this to be honest.

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Ozacoter
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3 months ago

Cheating is always bad no matter who does it. Mocking a heartbroken person is really terrible.

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#42

Vanilla Is Not “Plain.” It Is A Flavor, And It’s A Damn Good One Too

Vanilla Is Not “Plain.” It Is A Flavor, And It’s A Damn Good One Too I hate always being teased for ordering vanilla ice cream or buying a vanilla cake. No, vanilla is not plain. It is a flavor, and there is such thing as plain ice cream (nasty btw). If anything, chocolate is more plain than vanilla since literally everything can be chocolate.

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Ozacoter
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3 months ago

A good vanilla icecream (with real eggs and so) it probably the best flavour that I ever tried. I usually ask chocolate, nugat or coffee but if there is homemade vanilla it is really better.

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#43

I'm 100% Ok With Homeless People Using My Money For Booze And Cigarettes

Most people I've talked to say they avoid giving money to homeless folks because they think they will use it for beer, cigarettes, and/or drugs. They would rather give them food or some other tangible item to help them out. While I understand the thinking behind it I'm also not naive enough to think that my $5 is going to magically get this person off the streets and back on their feet. These people are already down on their luck and have enough to worry about. If my $5 helps get them a pack of cigarettes or a beer and that's what they need to get through another day with the sh**ty hand they've been dealt then i'm OK with that.

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Luther von Wolfen
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3 months ago

Thank you. I am, at his moment, doing an overnight shift at a homeless shelter. Most of our guests are alcoholics or addicts. Right now, it is 25 F outside. Maybe some of our guests will get clean/sober someday; maybe they won't. Either way, they aren't freezing on the street tonight.

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#44

As A Healthcare Worker, I Find Clapping Extremely Cringy. This Is Literally Our Job. Stop Glorifying Us

As A Healthcare Worker, I Find Clapping Extremely Cringy. This Is Literally Our Job. Stop Glorifying Us As the title says. I’m so sick of this virtue signaling on social media and cities where everyone is clapping and praising us. When you apply to medical school you apply to these terms and it’a just our job. Sure, it’s tiresome and the situation isn’t really great but still. A lot of my coworkers are pumping their ego with this and enjoy the attention. I don’t

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Pamela24
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3 months ago

I can understand why you don't want it but I think in this case, the pumped-up egos might help your coworkers with the motivation and strength that they need for working (especially nowadays with the pandemic) and I don't see anything wrong with that. If they enjoy the attention and it gives them more energy...? What's the harm.

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#45

The Buff Teenagers Played By Twenty Year Olds Are Incredibly Detrimental To Teenager’s Self Esteem

It’s impossible to watch something nowadays that’s aimed towards teens without these portrayals. This is creating massive delusions for young teenagers in terms of what they think they will look like or should look like and it’s terrible. It should be banned. They are designed to be idolised or even sexualised and displayed as desired so what do think it does to a person who doesn’t look like that.

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Suzanne Clark
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3 months ago

Very irritating. The worst example I've seen of that was in "The Birdcage" (one of my favorite movies) where Robin Williams son was supposed to be 19 and he looked 30.

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#46

People Are Always Concerned About The Planet We're Leaving For Our Kids, But Nobody Cares About What Kind Of Kids We're Leaving For The Planet

Every single day we are getting away from being human, what we've learned in thousands of years..... We are getting more and more just materialistic beings........ I don't see a bright future here ....... Well, not too optimistic.

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Dark Pearl
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3 months ago

I didn't realise my mum had Bored Panda (joke).

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#47

The Way Americans Talk About "The Founding Fathers" As If They're Some Sacred Gods Who Had It All Figured Out 200 Years Ago Is Very Weird And Cringey

The Way Americans Talk About "The Founding Fathers" As If They're Some Sacred Gods Who Had It All Figured Out 200 Years Ago Is Very Weird And Cringey I get that they are historically important, but some people think these guys from 200 years ago were incredible at predicting the future. As a non American, this always seems weird to me.

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Víctor Alfonso García Olmo
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3 months ago

And, the today-us-citizens don´t remember don Bernardo de Galvez. Check the Wikipedia ;-D

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#48

It’s Totally Ok To Play Video Games On The Easiest Setting To Enjoy The Story Line.

I have been getting so much grief from my gamer friends for playing games on easy mode. They are calling me “not a true gamer” because I don’t play on hard mode. I just want to enjoy a game for the story line and not get frustrated dying endless times not being able to defeat a boss or making a simple mistake. Does that make me less of a gamer?

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Dark Pearl
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3 months ago

It doesn't make you less of a gamer, my friend.

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#49

Pedophiles Who Are Trying To Get Help Are Brave

It takes a lot of balls to admit that you're attracted to children. If they are trying to get help, they shouldn't be attacked by people for being a bad person. A pedophile is not a bad person until they actually commit an offence.

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
3 months ago

This is spot on. People experience attraction before they act on it. It is possible for a person to experience attraction to children and seek treatment. Shame and stigma prevent people from getting help.

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#50

Restaurants That Have Pictures Of Their Dishes On The Menu Are Awesome And Should Be Totally Normalized

Restaurants That Have Pictures Of Their Dishes On The Menu Are Awesome And Should Be Totally Normalized Whenever I hear someone talk about a restaurant where the menus have pictures of the food on them, they talk about it as if it’s a red flag. Bullsh*t!! I want to see pictures of what the food I am going to order looks like!! It’s so much easier to decide what you want to eat that way. Oh and I don’t understand how people can think it’s tacky then look at the food at the table next to them and be like “oh that looks good”, then ask the other table what they ordered so they can order the same thing. I don’t care if it makes me seem like a dumb small minded person. I wanna see more pictures of food. It rules!!

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Hannah Edwards
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3 months ago

But crushing disappointment follows when your meal looks nothing like the picture.

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