The basic concept is simple, here is the outline
- Every few days the Evening Post will print a fictional letter or article pretending to be an ill-informed rant against bicycles. They are clearly spoofs, but some people, motorists and tax-dodgers alike, fall for them and try to argue the details with each other in the comments.
- This week, for example, we have made one up called "they should pay road tax!".
- Evening Post Bingo! players look in the article for the key phrases on their bingo sheets, then the comments
- If all of them are found -either in the article or comments, enter your own comment, "Bingo!", and the list of phrases you were looking for.
- Do not attempt to engage in any form of debate in the comments itself, as this is like trying to explain Quantitive Easing to a chimpanzee -or what a Pasty is to a member of the cabinet.
- In our weekly round-up of the evening post articles, we will credit the first Bingo winner of every article.
For now, here are some example cards, each of which can be used by anyone. These have all been machine generated, and are free from any human bias.
mandatory insurance lycra-lout abusive unlit criminals
against the law selfish council conspiracy pavement cyclist injure pedestrians
pavement cause congestion selfish persecuted motorists spoiled by the council
government money wasted free-loaders mandatory insurance tax-dodgers lawless
20mph smug gloucester road these cyclists cause congestion
stay in the cycle lane danger to others persecuted motorists time someone stood up to them some of my best friends are cyclists
We'll be publishing the source and keyword list later -the keyword list is where we'd like some extra contributions.
We are also considering fully automating our Evening Post article writing process. This would be based on that work by our strategic partner, Google, as discussed in The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data [Norvig 2009]. The idea is that with enough of a collection of evening post, daily mail and other articles on cycling, it will be possible to generate valid sentences based purely on statistical knowledge of past sentences. The bingo cards are merely a first step in this process.