For the past few years www.snopes.com has positioned itself, or others have labeled it, as the 'tell all final word' on any comment, claim and email. But for several years people tried to find out who exactly was behind snopes.com. Only recently did Wikipedia get to the bottom of it - kinda makes you wonder what they were hiding. Well, finally we know. It is run by a husband and wife team - that's right, no big office of investigators and researchers, no team of lawyers. It's just a mom-and-pop operation that began as a hobby.
David and Barbara Mikkelson in the San Fernando Valley of California started the Website about 13 years ago - and they have no formal background or experience in investigative research. After a few years it gained popularity believing it to be unbiased and neutral, but over the past couple of years people started asking questions who was behind it and did they have a selfish motivation? The reason for the questions - or skepticisms - is a result of snopes.com claiming to have the bottom line facts to certain questions or issue when in fact they have been proven wrong. Also, there were criticisms the Mikkelsons were not really investigating and getting to the 'true' bottom of various issues. I can personally vouch for that complaint.
Very useful and authoritative site, just watch out for a LOT of popups, some of which install tracking functions on unsecured computers. As always, ad-blocking and popup-blocking are your friends online.
They have a section marked "TROLL"...it's all made up urban legends of their own..published to make the "buyer beware" always check other urban legnd sites,too. "Don't believe 100% of snopes because we make up stuff to make sure you are on the ball"...I was very disappointed that snopes would generate such nonsense on a website that prides itself on getting to the truth of the matter.
A great place to learn the truth behind those those emails that are circulating everywhere. Very good research is done on this site. Be warned that the Risque Business section of this site may not be suitable for children.
Have you ever gotten an email that states "NEW VIRUS WARNING!?!?!" from a friend that has been forwarded 10 million times? Well, usually you can confirm if that email is true at snopes. Has 3 scripts running on it, but I have not had any pop-ups here.