Morning Toolbox – October 8, 2012 – Empathy and Enhancements

Morning Toolbox is a daily digest of interesting tools and techniques that skeptics can use online.

Trolls and jerks have always been a problem online. Perhaps a CAPTCHA-like empathy test prior to posting could combat this.

Wikipedia wants new editors (including skeptics), so they are trying out a new easier-to-use sign-up page.

Bing is adding specific article authors to the social sidebar, but they are handpicked. Any Bing-using skeptics out there notice folks like Phil Plait or James Randi or other notable skeptics showing up here?

YouTube has added new features for teachers and Google announces 100 live Hangouts for teachers to learn new skills and techniques.

Speaking of Hangouts, our weekly Virtual Skeptics panel uses Google Hangouts on Air to discuss the latest skeptic news. Apparently we’re in good company, as The New York Times uses the same technology to cover breaking news.

Lanyrd has been of great use at TAM and other skeptic events. They’ve continued to add new features over the summer including profile links to other social media sites and integration with Foursquare.

Great ending to a science crowdfunding story: on Friday papers were signed to buy the property needed to create the Tesla Museum, using funds gathered online with the help of The Oatmeal.

Skeptics in the UK have obviously had a fun time using Photoshop to mock up spoof covers of other magazines along the lines of the quack magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You.

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