Comment: Hello! Your site provides a much-needed breath of air to counter
much of the garbage floating around the internet.
My inbox is usually stuffed with messages from well-meaning friends
exhorting me to "send 10 messages right away" or to immediately stop
bleaching my clothes or some other kind of nonsense.
I'm something of a skeptic myself and it irritates me that people just
mindlessly forward this dreck. I usually come to Snopes and do a quick
scan, then reply. But there's so much crap, and I have so little time to
spare to raise the level of critical thinking skills, that I've just begin
to sigh, knowing I can't do it alone. My Delete key is busy these days.
Thanks for this site!
So I just reply to all (and there's literally hundreds of recipients) and
attach your website.
Keep it coming! Your efforts are much appreciated.
Comment: I am so grateful to you for maintaining this site! I just
checked on an e-mail I received (about the "proposed 28th Ammendment") and
checked it out on Snopes before passing it on. Boy, am I glad I did.
In fact, the only time in recent memory I've had to send a Big Apology to
my e-mail list was when I DIDN'T check something out on Snopes before
having an emotional reaction to an e-mail that was going around.
I don't know how you do it, but, again, thank you for being a reliable
source of fact!
Comment: OK, "Comment on the site as a whole" will do, although what I was
REALLY inspired to comment on was you, Barbara -- first, how much I
appreciate the excellent grammar and punctuation you use -- that makes all
you write come across so beautifully and so clearly... people don't
realize how vital and energizing punctuation can be!
And second, there's how much I appreciate your excellent writing -- you
always inject such a wonderful perspective into your "essays" and fill
them with color and a light that make them ever informative, entertaining,
thought-provoking, and fun.
And third, I just really enjoy "visiting" you now and again... your energy
is warm and generous, and coming to your site is like stopping to visit a
very fun and very knowledgeable, savvy friend. I want you to know how much
I appreciate the dedication and hard work you consistently contribute to
this wonderful service you provide for us out here. You are unsung heroes
in my book, and so I smilingly sing now, in thanking you, both of you, all
of you, for what you do.
Comment: I just want to give you a HUGE thankyou! Your site has become a
"Bible" to many people -- there's so much disinformation out there, and
stuff just plain wrong, that frequently I receive an e-mail with the
addendum "checked with snopes.com". You do such a good job, and many
times no one says "thanks", so this is just a small pat on the back for
doing such a good -- and dependable-- job.
Comment: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.. I get so many e mails that try to
say this is happening or that and how you should believe it.. I so
recomend that pepole come to this website in get the truth on the subject
or at least look it up frm another soucre. Knowledge is Power.. Most
recent one was the Bad Deal, so glad I found out more about it then just
to believe what was sent to me. KEEP UP the Awesome WORK!!! O and yes told
everyone to come to this website and read up on the 64,000$ Question. :)
Have a gr8 Day
Comment: I read a newspaper column recently in the Fort Worth Star
Telegram that suggested that you might not think you have a big influence
with this website. I just want you to know that I'm glad you're here.
There is SO MUCH mis-information flying around in the ether, it's nice to
be able to have a place to go where you can check things out.
Everyone I know is familiar with your website and uses it to get the real
Thank you for what you do.
Comment: I am so grateful for your website and the work you are doing to
help sort fact from fiction in this crazy world.
I appreciate that your reporting is done in such a level headed, even
handed, rational way. You don't color your reporting with degrogative
comments so common on the internet these days. The work is also
educational, informing the reader of related details. I know it takes
some amount of effort to collect all this information and sort it out.
Thank you for the good work you are doing!!
Comment: You folks are awesome! I consider myself an informed pc user
Without being able to check in with you when these multiple doomsday mails
arrive, even I would have to go thru all sorts of gyrations and worry. The
latest was the Hallmark Greeting disaster scenario. Checked you site and
you said that Windows has it covered, the msg is a mutation of something
old, and that just don't click on enclosed links. Three for three.
Thanks. Ever think of publishing the Snopes Bible? :)
Comment: Hey,i LUV ur site it rly is helpful to all the pees who get
creeped out by those chain emails
glad i told ya keep up the good work
Comment: Just want you to know.....I have been using your site to verify
information sent via email for years. I have recommended to many people
to verify the information they pass on with your site first. I appreciate
your fairness, your research and yes, your sense of humor in signing off.
Comment: Hi- Thanks for providing such a great resource to check out the
validity of stories that travel around, especially through e-mail. I have
referred many people to review your information, so that they can be fully
informed and not make incorrect assumptions. Thanks again. You are prompt
Comment: I USED to pass on information from well-meaning friends and
family. Then my son questioned my 'integrity.' At first I was offended.
THEN, it became a motivator to be educated for the 'truth' I always
believed was best. Snopes.com has been one of my educators. Connecting
with Snopes, I find there are very few sensational journalism pieces to
pass on. Now, I pass on the key words and reference to Snopes where the
truth can be accessed; where integrity of the issues is resourced.
There is no promise/threat of "pass it on to 10 of your best friends for a
blessing" that is worth the lies that are rampantly saturating our
uneducated minds. In the end, it makes me question what the real issues
are that are flying under the radar of all the smoke screen rumors from
well-intentioned conservatives, friends, relatives and patriotic
Americans. I really hurt for our nation and want the best. But most of
all, I want the truth...for "the truth will set us free."
Thank you, thank you, thank you for pushing for the truth.
I apologize this letter had not been sent sooner. But know that my
appreciation is sent with integrity;and will continue as long as the truth
is needed in our world...that would be forever?
Comment: I have for years tried to get friends to verify info before
forwarding to the world (after having been corrected myself) but one
particular friend has continued to send erroneous emails. I would check
with your site and send him the link. He just recently sent me the Bud
Gregg email, which I knew had inaccuracies. I checked your site and sent
him the link for factcheck. To make a long story... even longer - thank
you for what you do. I appreciate the fact that you do research and you
list references and, as far as a I have seen, have done so in an unbiased
way. You are appreciated.
Comment: Just a note to say this site has been my favorite for years!!
Whenever I receive an email with suggestions of what not to do anymore, or
what to look out for . . . I come here and check it out first. It would be
cool if you came up with a funny, small commercial for tv. Start each one
with a funny urban legend then show the victim quickly checking Snopes
with their mobile phone, only to find out their situation is a hoax, so it
disappears with a puff of smoke. something like that lol!
Anyway keep up the good work.
I'm a system administrator, and have been in the biz for over 15 years so
I've seen my share of email bombs!
Comment: You ARE having an inpact! I rely on your site for every piece of
spam my friends forward to me. Otherwise, I would never have the time to
figure out what is truth and what is bullsh*&. Thank you and don't give
up! We truth-seekers need you!
Comment: Just a simple e-mail of appreciation. Love your website and now
am a fan on Facebook. I never, ever reply or forward e-mails that appear
phony and always check Snopes. When I find an e-mail/story in question
from Snopes - I forward the Snopes article to the person who sent me the
Great job and keep up all the good work you do!!
Comment: Having just sent what must be the 500th or 1000th response to my
friends using your site as a reference to explain why their forwarded
email wasn't true, I just wanted to say thank you for spending the time to
research all of this and provide sources and data for your comments. I
would never have the time to do this on my own, but I hate letting
forwarded nonsense emails go by without commenting. So, thanks very much
for your time and effort
Comment: Thanks again!
Whenever I get paranoid email, I check your site, then I send the
appropriate link to your site to the person who emailed me.
I really appreciate all your hard work!
Comment: I just wanted to say that I just LOVE Snopes. I hope your
information is accurate, and not a farce as so many emails that come
across my screen are. Even when an email says it's been verified by
Snopes, I check it anyway. Most of the time they are lying. Thank you for
what you do. I teach 3rd grade, and have ingrained in my students that
they cannot believe everything that is on the internet, emails, pictures,
etc. and there a a lot of untruths floating about. I'm going to show them
your site and how to use it to verify information.
Comment: I just wanted to let you know this is one of the most
well-designed websites out there. Extremely easy to navigate and excellent
organization of content. The articles are professionally written, and
everything on the site has a very "polished" feel to it.
I'm a professional web developer, so I understand the amount of time and
work you have surely put into this website. I'm very impressed - keep up
the great work!
Comment: Barbara & David ( & staff?),
I just wanted to say that I appreciate your objectivity in the comments
and reporting you offer for the stories to which you respond. I've visited
your site on a number of occasions, and always appreciate the references
and detailed information you offer to support or dispell a potential urban
legend. Your elaboration on many of the articles illustrates the often
multifaceted nature of the problems from which the legends have sprouted.
Even in the face of an obvious and ridiculous urban legend, you often add
commentary that illuminates the "social feelings" that may have incubated
the legend in the first place. Nevertheless, you report it fairly.
We need more folks like you in the news media: objective, sane, fair and
Thanks for the site!
I love snopes! Its nice to be able to check out rumors
Comment: Just wanted to say thank you once again for being a great source
for debunking what enters my inbox. I haven't got all my email
correspondents trained yet. Some still hit "forward" without checking the
info first...but we're getting there!
Comment: Your site is great. I have been using it for some time now and I
had never taken the time to tell you. I believe you provide a great
Comment: Keep up the good work! Snopes is the FIRST place I go to check
the validity of any email I question the authenticity of. I'm also
impressed that you keep your responses non-partisan.
Again, thank you!
Comment: I think you two are the best... this site has helped me from
sending out some untrue things that sounded so good. I had 4 of them
yesterday, and 1 today already and it's just 7am... Thank you for all your
hard work keeping up this site and keeping it current. I admire you two,
and wish only the best for you. God bless you both...
Comment: I received another idiotic email yesterday re: the UK banning
discussion of the Holocaust in schools. Of course, I immediately thought
of snopes.com and learned this was a myth.
Your site is so important. Keep up the great work.
Comment: I appreciate your help in clearing up rumors about emails sent to
me recently. Keep up the good work Snopes.com.
Comment: Thank you so much for providing this site. It is wonderful to be
able to debunk some of the foolishness that goes around on the internet
that so many people are willing to believe.
Comment: Terrific article on Mr. 880. Never heard that before. Keep up the
awesome work! Thanks for the site too!
Comment: Just wanted to thank you both for doing what you do. I had saw
you on a news report and what you both do with the little you have is
outstanding:) You rock and just wanted to let you know that your
appreciated in this day and age:) Your my go to site:) Thank you!
Comment: Your articles are, as always, a joy to read, and I appreciate
your efforts to spread some rationality in an increasingly irrational
Comment: Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all you do to keep us (at
least some of us) clear on what is fact and what is fiction. It never
ceases to amaze me that people (who would never admit to being a gossip)
have NO TROUBLE AT ALL sending the "use *112 on your cell phone" or
"people will steal your kidneys" or whatever else . . . despite my
repeated attempts at educating them to look it up on Snopes.com FIRST! My
rant today is due to an acquaintance sending me the *112 cell phone email,
with a note at the top "I don't know if this is true or not,I have not
verified it." I sent him a snarky email (with the Snopes.com link) back
and suggested that he check these things out before he circulates them.
MAYBE, just MAYBE, I will hack him off enough that he will take my name
off his mass email list. Thanks for allowing me to rant. I feel much
better now. Keep up the good work.
Comment: I so admire the work you do to provide answers to the question of
authenticity of online stories that crop up daily and I wonder how you can
possibly do this. Do you have a large staff of investigators or do you
just never sleep? How are you compensated for your excetional efforts?
Your write-up about the story of Reggie, the soldier's dog who was put up
for adotion when the soldier was killed in action is an especially
pertinent example of why I admire you and your work. Although you debunked
the story with flawless logic, your treatment of the subject was
absolutely marvelous. You told us how the issue of pets of our military
people deploying overseas can be handled and showed the deepest respect
most (all?) Americans and most non-Americans I have talked with (I live in
Spain) feel for those American military people who must make the sacrifice
the fictitious soldier made in the story.
In a couple of words then, Thank You!
A US Air Force retired career officer.
Comment: I would like to thank you so very much for the invaluable service
you perform. There is so much hatred in this world that is spread around
by people who won't take the time to verify the truth of the rumors they
forward. I appreciate that I have a place to go to find out what is true
and what isn't. I'm trying to educate my friends to check first and
Comment: I just want to tell you that I think your site is wonderful.
It's so nice to validate my suspiciions about those annoying forwards
that prey on your conscience and anxieties. Thank you! What a great idea
for a site
Comment: Hi Snopes!
You provide such a vital service. Have you ever thought of putting Snopes
on TV? TV needs a good fact-checking news program to compete with Fox.
Rachel Maddow, John Stewart, and Steven Colbert could use some help
getting the facts out there.
Just an idea.
Thanks again for all you do!
Comment: I think this site is the best thing since sliced bread! Thank
you for all the good that you do!
Comment: Thanks so much for your service to people. God bless you all.
Comment: just want to thank you so much for helping us either stop rumors
or find out that something is true so we can do something to help eg
leBlue fire I check your website EVERY time someone posts something and
report back and encourage everyone to do the same.
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