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"I can't believe the crap I read on this website..."

From RationalWiki:

Poe's Law was originally formulated by Nathan Poe. The law emerged at the creationism versus evolution forum on the website Like most such places, it had seen a large number of creationist parody postings and these parody posts were usually followed by at least one user starting a flame war (a series of angry and offensive personal attacks) thinking it was a real post. Nathan Poe summarized this pattern in his original formulation of the law:

"Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article."

The law caught on and has since slowly leaked out as an internet meme. Over time it has been reformulated to include more than just creationist parody but rather any parody of fundamentalism, whether religious, secular, or totally bonkers.

And courtesy of the esteemed Irreverent Mr. Black -

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Political Poe? I don't think so, but one can hope.

Started by Michelle. Last reply by Фелч Гроган Jul 14, 2010. 2 Replies


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I think Poe's Law should be streamlined

Started by Jason Spicer. Last reply by Jaume Apr 17, 2010. 4 Replies

As stated in this group, Poe's Law reads, "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for…Continue

Tags: parody, Colbert, satire, irony, Poe

Rap Poe

Started by Michelle. Last reply by Michelle Apr 5, 2010. 2 Replies

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In Honor of TrueChristian :-)

Started by Trance Gemini Mar 3, 2010. 0 Replies

TrueChristian has been trolling alt.atheism and Atheism vs Christianity for years and is hilarious.Everybody falls for it no matter how many times I identify him as a POE.The final clues to me where…Continue

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Unintentional POEs? (UPOE)

Started by Skraeling. Last reply by Jared Lardo Feb 26, 2010. 5 Replies

I suspect there may be many of these to be found around the net, but as a starter, here's one I stumbled across on another forum by someone that I'm sure is a genuine fully brainwashed…Continue

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Comment by JayBarti on September 21, 2010 at 10:51am

I am fairly certain that this is poe, not just poe, but Edgar Allan Poe apparently.
Comment by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ on September 12, 2010 at 4:53pm
I just saw this on Atheist Humour and I thought this is good here. Do you think this guy is joking?
Comment by Jaume on April 18, 2010 at 3:40am least they're honest about it.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on February 26, 2010 at 9:36am
Love the group icon!
Comment by Michelle on February 19, 2010 at 9:33pm
Sacha - and then there was the white face paint. Wow, that has to be real.
Comment by sacha on February 19, 2010 at 5:20pm
Comment by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ on February 18, 2010 at 9:39pm
God bless you all !

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