Tweet your Quack Web Pages to @quackometer

17th July, 2009 7

In my continuing quest to make The Quackometer the Internet’s premier resource for all your quackbusting needs, I have now taken it to Twitter. If you don’t understand the title of this blog post, then you had better go and do something else now. Where have you been? Do you use the web? Did you know Michael Jackson is dead? So, if you are still here then I have now [read more…]

Quackometer Upgrade

11th April, 2009 5

Some of the quackometer functionality has not been working too well over the past few months. The Am I a Quack or Not? function was very poorly and only working for a few searches per day. The reason being that the operation depended on some very old and unsupported Google technology that was about to be unplugged. So, I have now done the work to convert over to Yahoo search. [read more…]

The Black Duck and its Phoenix like Powers

21st February, 2008 16

Please bear with me as the new quackometer goes through its re-birthing pangs. Transfering to a new, better, more helpful and cuddlier hosting provider is taking time. The Quackometer Engine and other facilities may well be out of action for a short while. Features will come on line over the next few days. Expect bugs and wierd behaviour. Repsek goes out to the Positive Internet crew who have been amazingly [read more…]

The Quackometer: Banned!

5th October, 2007 9

At last, the Quackometer has been banned by the Net Authority. I feel justified and vindicated. This website has been investigated by Net Authority, and has been found to be in violation of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy by posting the following kinds of content: Hateful material Blasphemy Offensive political material Bestiality and/or interracial relationships Be cautioned! This website contains strongly offensive material and is not suitable for young children. [read more…]

Preview Quackery Web Sites

21st June, 2007 0

I have just installed a new tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site. There is no need to leave the quackometer to see the web sites I am talking about. You can see excerpts of Wikipedia articles, if I can’t find real references for what I am talking about, and quickly see any videos I link too. Sometimes Snap Shots [read more…]

Announcement: Subscribe to the blog via email

14th June, 2007 0

As promised, the first of a number of small improvements to the site. If you are one of those few people that actually read my musings in the blog, you can now subscribe to an email alert. You will receive an email when something is updated on the blog. Better than watching girls squabble on Big Brother. Just about. To subscribe, just type your email address into the box on [read more…]

Welcome to the New Look Quackometer

11th June, 2007 3

As you can see, the Quackometer has had a makeover. This is the first in a series of improvements I hope to make in the next few months. Please bear with me as I iron out the problems. I do not have access to hoards of testing monkeys to get this site right. Don’t hesitate to get in contact if you spot a problem or can think of a way [read more…]

More Quackometer Products…

6th June, 2007 12

Le Canard Noir is currently working on a site revamp and this will now include a shopping area for all your favourite quackometer products. You have already had a sneak preview of the t-shirt range. Now, I can give you a teaser for the range of compulsory site mugs….

The First Annual Quackometer Awards and Year Review

8th December, 2006 0

The Quackometer has been up and running for just about a year and has seen some serious traffic increases over the past six months. Starting off with just a few hits per day, the daily unique visits now stand in the many hundreds, with a peak recently of several thousand. Cripes! What started off as a bit of a bored joke has now grown into a proper web site. So, [read more…]

A Pantomime of Science

7th December, 2006 4

A criticism often levied at the quackometer is that it is very broad brush. Fair enough. It is often quite general in what it says, but it is only a bit a web script after all. The quackometer is intended to be a spring board into the exploration of health claims. Improvements in the new year should make this easier. However, the central premise behind the quackometer is that when [read more…]

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