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Post  Paulio on Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:09 am

The forum is pretty much as dead as the Python's parrot but I'm going to post this anyway.

Extend your vocabulary and end world hunger at http://www.freerice.com/.

I find it strangely addictive and I feel good for donating a full 2000 grains of rice.

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Post  Grainy on Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:04 am

I've been on this a few times in the past and think I've got to about 1000, but then boredom kicked in, and I was fed up of googling each word.

It passed time anyway.

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Post  Paulio on Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:32 am

I wasn't expecting a reply so yay. If I'd thought anyone would respond I would have posted something more interesting.

I enjoy it I love learning new words to use. I think the point is though if you don't know the answer it tells you what it means when you get it wrong and adjusts the level of difficulty accordingly.

Do you think we should send a mass email out to remind people about the forum or should we just let it die?

For now I've added some orc flavoured emoticons for my own enjoyment:

Orc Pursuit Orc Kiss Sleeping Orc Orc Whip Drinking Orcs Orc Hug Orc Gift

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Post  Grainy on Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:44 pm

Yay! They're enjoyable.

I can see my 1 and a half week absence has killed the forum, so I shall pledge never to break my computer again.

Yes we need a funny email sent out to everyone......

and we need more Chris.

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Post  Christophe on Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:30 am

Interesting idea this. Also makes me feel intelligent Cool

One thing, though. I was reading the FAQ, and says this:
If FreeRice has the rice to give, why not give it all away right now?

FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice―you are earning it 20 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, advertisements appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these advertisements is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.

So presumably, they make the same amount of money regardless of whether you get the answer right. Which makes not donating it when your wrong just plain mean. But hey, they're indulging in a lot more benevolence than I am, so hush up Chris.
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Post  Paulio on Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:20 pm

Maybe the people who run the website keep it? If so this is a clever trick and we should try it. Imagine how much they would make due to the sheer difficulty of the words when you reach your vocab limit (very low for many people).

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Post  Christophe on Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:49 am

They claim to be an non-profit organisation, though.

We, however, wouldn't be so silly, so yes - let's do it. You make the website, I'll prod my dictionary on random pages.
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