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October 14th, 2003
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Hee hee...or perhaps "argh."
I must not have done the secret crush meme..I thought I did, but if I had there would be at least one "public crush" result for prettypammie...I think I know who the secret crush and ex-crush are. * grin *

But who could my "1.5" secret crushers be...hmmm....well, one of them apparently was secret and went public, since there are "4.5" public crushes...so there's just one "still secret" crush out there...

Hmmm...And the ex-crush...well, there's a couple of possibilities...oh well, what can you do? Is it worth the $4 to find out--plus, it's somewhat an invasion of privacy. Okay, maybe we were dumb to give some random dude on the Internet data on our secret crushes. You want to know what I bet--I bet he makes a lot of money...Heck, if only 2% of the 28,000 people who gave him crush data actually decide to pay to see who has a {public,secret,ex} crush on them he'll make over $2,000...

Not bad for a little friends-list scraper work and some PHP scripting and HTML.

I can't bring myself to hate this guy...people willingly gave him very personal information, with at most an implied expectation of privacy...I guess it's a lesson in divulging private information to unknown people on the Internet. When you're just filling out some cute little meme, it can be easy to forget that there's a person out there who coded it...and that person could be a scoundrel or opportunist...

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From:dindin
Date:October 14th, 2003 08:12 am (UTC)
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How do you have .5 crushes?

My crush is secret. If s/he wishes it to be otherwise they can say so, they've clearly chosen not to. I choose to respect that.
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From:happypete
Date:October 14th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC)

He explains...

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The .5's, etc., are from people who answered the meme more than once and changed answers...

I.e. if someone was public and changed there mind and becomes secret, it gets recorded as .5 for each..
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From:dindin
Date:October 14th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC)

Re: He explains...

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Ahh...who knew?
From:ex_takenbutt517
Date:October 14th, 2003 11:04 am (UTC)
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I ahve one crush and two ex crushes and I am not paying 4$ to find out who they are. Let 'em come to me I say, ha ha. I didn't even know about this until yesterday...
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From:happypete
Date:October 14th, 2003 11:08 am (UTC)

pretty funny, eh?

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oh well, guy saw an opportunity to have fun and make money..

In his FAQ to people who don't like it, he says (and I quote: "Boo Fucking Hoo.")
From:ex_takenbutt517
Date:October 14th, 2003 11:39 am (UTC)

Re: pretty funny, eh?

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Oh I don't care, I think it's funny and a good way to come up with some extra cash (he's prolly in college). I am concerned with why my ex crushes are now ex crushes...
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From:nosebeepbear
Date:October 14th, 2003 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Okay, maybe we were dumb to give some random dude on the Internet data on our secret crushes.

When I took it today, there was a very clear disclaimer, stating that submitting the answers was equivalent to granting express permission for the data to be traded or sold. Is this disclaimer new?
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From:happypete
Date:October 15th, 2003 12:26 am (UTC)

I don't remember...

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but I don't believe there was...
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From:angelovernh
Date:October 15th, 2003 02:27 am (UTC)
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No, that disclaimer was not there before. I believe it had said that the info was confidential, but perhaps not. I KNOW that current disclaimer wasn't there before.
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From:happypete
Date:October 15th, 2003 04:46 am (UTC)

yeah...

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I guess he changed his mind.
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From:angelovernh
Date:October 15th, 2003 02:28 am (UTC)
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My memory is pretty weak on this, but I THINK I may have listed you as a secret crush. ::blush::
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From:happypete
Date:October 15th, 2003 04:45 am (UTC)

* awwww *

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hugs!
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