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Homeopathy Poll in need of a dose of reality

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on May 1, 2009

Via Pharyngula we get word of this poll by a homeopathic website which needs a serious dose of non-homeopathic serving of reality.

Do you think homeopathy can help in the current swine flu pandemic?



Can’t say

Yes, but won’t be allowed to!

So obviously I went and voted No. It turns out the homeopaths are trying to be cute. Look at the message I got after voting no (I don’t know if you get the same message if you vote differently, I would guess not!):

Thank you to all the skeptics for coming to our website, reading the articles and voting in our poll. The links of that you post on your websites and the traffic that you bring, all help us increase our back-links, search engine positions and advertisement revenue. Please keep coming back and while you are here do take our elementary course. It’s absolutely free! Once you have completed the course, you will still keep coming back to but most likely as a convert. We respect your skepticism and we will continue our effort to enlighten you and bring you out of your ignorance. This is no battle. It is our duty to help you become better human beings! Thank you once again!

Oooh how cute the little clueless homeopaths can be sometimes. Well, in my ongoing initiative to educate the uneducated I will let them into a little wide known secret, the rel=”nofollow” secret. According to the mighty Google itself:

How does Google handle nofollowed links?

We don’t follow them. This means that Google does not transfer PageRank or anchor text across these links. Essentially, using nofollow causes us to drop the target links from our overall graph of the web. However, the target pages may still appear in our index if other sites link to them without using nofollow, or if the URLs are submitted to Google in a Sitemap. Also, it’s important to note that other search engines may handle nofollow in slightly different ways.

Ah that’s too bad, my links won’t be of any help to you, so no improvement on search engine and no increase on ad revenue for you. And I relnofollowed your “elementary course” link too so you get nothing at all from this skeptic. Now go take a homeopathic embarrassment remedy! I think I just made PZ proud!

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