Discuss: IE User Hoax

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August 5, 2011 at 06:07:43
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about the news hoax that IE users were less intelligent than users of other browsers. Discuss here if you fell for this hoax, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
August 5, 2011 at 07:23:20
Hadn't heard about this particular bit of silliness but read the article you linked.

All I have to say is, you would actually have to be "not too smart" to believe balderdash like that. Had I read about this at the outset, I'd have laughed then just as I did now.

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#2
August 5, 2011 at 08:01:55
I heard of the survey, but never cared enough to follow up. I figured it was a real survey, but it was probably biased to the point of absurdity. "Strangely," I'm not seeing the confession's media coverage nearly as broad as the hoax itself. (9,610,000 hits vs 61,500,000 hits)

For those interested, here's the original article.

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#3
August 5, 2011 at 08:52:21
Most of my users (very educated and intelligent people) prefer using browsers other than IE. So, although I can't say I "fell for this hoax," my experience shows that more computer-savy users run browsers other than IE. :)

So, what's "YOUR" default browser? :) (Firefox here...)


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#4
August 5, 2011 at 09:44:33
I fell for it to the extent that I believed the company existed. Let's face it, this is exactly the sort of rubbish that you would expect from a phychometric consultant. But I didn't for one minute believe the results of the survey. I mean, an average IQ of 80 for IE users? Half of them wouldn't even be able to use a computer!

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#5
August 5, 2011 at 12:13:31
I use IE at home because I'm too lazy to install another browser (I also use Outlook Express as my email client at home.....same reason).

We use Mozilla Firefox at work and I honestly don't see any advantage of one over the other. One runs as well, and as quickly, as the other.

Maybe I'm just stoopid..........................

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
August 5, 2011 at 12:39:32
Curt, you're anything but stoopid....even if you can't spell the word. :)

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#7
August 5, 2011 at 14:08:47
If it wasn't a hoax, it would have been very stoopid.

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#8
August 5, 2011 at 14:56:17
I am cerruntly useeng IE9 so Ima gessin' my QI's down around 45.

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#9
August 5, 2011 at 21:02:50
Course its a hoax. I use the IE9 and I'm a jean-yus.

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#10
August 6, 2011 at 13:46:25
I mean, an average IQ of 80 for IE users? Half of them wouldn't even be able to use a computer!

That's the conclusion I came to. An IQ of 80 puts you into the special needs category with severe learning difficulties. Someone with an IQ of 80 would think it a major achievement just to be able to write there name.

BTW, I use Opera, right at the other end of the scale! :-)

Stuart


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#11
August 7, 2011 at 07:36:03
I don't know; maybe this theoretical test had a lot of Firefox and Chrome questions on it. That'd be one way to decrease the IQ sores of IE users.

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#12
August 9, 2011 at 00:56:23
I think the test was issued by a netscape navigator user.

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#13
August 18, 2011 at 15:15:19
Not sure about now because its a while since i used IE but a few years back i would say this was true as the cleaver people used firefox.
Now i don't think there is so much between them and chrome is up there as well.

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