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06-08-2013, 04:34 AM
Charity Woo
I've been asked to help build a charity website, pro bono, and said yes although I don't have much free time.

Turns out it's to do with crystal healing, not quite sure how it's a charity but the woo element is definitely present.

I have to be nice, it's a friend of mrs daylight, just figuring out a polite way of saying, 'I'm not going to waste my time on this'.

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06-08-2013, 05:09 AM
RE: Charity Woo
I think you should do it...

Consider

... and embed disclaimers all over the pages such as...

Please note that the builder of the site is not personally responsible for, nor sees no evidence for, any claims made by these charlatans.
Have a nice day.

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06-08-2013, 06:31 AM
RE: Charity Woo
do it, and add a virus or leave some obvious vulnerability... Smile

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06-08-2013, 06:43 AM
RE: Charity Woo
(06-08-2013 04:34 AM)daylightisabadthing Wrote:  I've been asked to help build a charity website, pro bono, and said yes although I don't have much free time.

Turns out it's to do with crystal healing, not quite sure how it's a charity but the woo element is definitely present.

I have to be nice, it's a friend of mrs daylight, just figuring out a polite way of saying, 'I'm not going to waste my time on this'.

You can back out politely by claiming not enough time.

I would tell her that I can't help support anti-scientific ideas.

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06-08-2013, 07:01 AM
RE: Charity Woo
Hmm... tough call. Consider Does the charity support any kind of science like a Childrens Hospital? I've seen a few of those typed that sell guardian spirits and the like. It might be one of those types. You can ask directly without tipping anyone off what type of a charity you're not wanting to support.

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06-08-2013, 08:17 AM (This post was last modified: 06-08-2013 08:59 AM by ridethespiral.)
RE: Charity Woo
(06-08-2013 04:34 AM)daylightisabadthing Wrote:  I've been asked to help build a charity website, pro bono, and said yes although I don't have much free time.

Turns out it's to do with crystal healing, not quite sure how it's a charity but the woo element is definitely present.

I have to be nice, it's a friend of mrs daylight, just figuring out a polite way of saying, 'I'm not going to waste my time on this'.

I feel your pain man...I get sucked into making people websites all the time...and then the projects just drag and I make no money and wind up busting my ass.

I certainly wouldn't do e-comm woo without getting at least a sizable cut or better yet $ up front.

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06-08-2013, 08:39 AM
RE: Charity Woo
Write her a quick "over view" of your vision for the website.

Make it a site that raises money by selling Healing Crystals. All money raised is to support those who have been taken advantage of by woo science.

Either she won't even see the irony, in which case....fuck it.....build the site! Or, she'll fire you. Either way, at least you're not supporting bullshit like healing crystals.

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06-08-2013, 09:26 AM
RE: Charity Woo
What I don't understand is...

How did the crystals get hurt in the first place?
Undecided

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06-08-2013, 09:30 AM
RE: Charity Woo
(06-08-2013 09:26 AM)DLJ Wrote:  What I don't understand is...

How did the crystals get hurt in the first place?
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It was their own fault. They had imperfections.

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06-08-2013, 09:45 AM
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(06-08-2013 09:30 AM)Chas Wrote:  It was their own fault. They had imperfections.

But deliberately introduced imperfections are what make electronic crystals useful...

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