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一個頗有些神奇的網站  

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http://www.freerice.com/index.php

經朋友推薦進入該網,看到的第一行字便是“For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger”雲雲

主要是一個猜英文單詞的小遊戲,每次被給出的題項詞,在四個給出的選項詞中找一個近義詞,答對了的話,網站便告訴我說:“You have now donated *** grains of rice.” 其中的***則是阿拉伯數字,每答對一次就多“donate”出去10 “grains of rice”。據稱,我已經捐出去130粒米了。

在網站的FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)支頁面上面大體談了一下這個“大米捐助機構”的基本運作,一些關鍵對話粘貼如下:

Who pays for the donated rice?

The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen. This is regular advertising for these companies, but it is also something more. Through their advertising at FreeRice, these companies support both learning (free vocabulary for everyone) and reducing hunger (free rice for the hungry). We commend these companies for their participation at FreeRice.

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 10 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.

Couldn’t I just write a computer program to play all day and give a lot of rice that way?

There are two problems with this. First, it overloads our servers so that real people can’t play and learn vocabulary. Second, without real people playing and eventually buying products, it is no longer cost-effective for companies to advertise. Without advertising, we cannot give any rice at all.

Does FreeRice make any money from this?

No, it does not. FreeRice runs the site at no profit.

Who distributes the donated rice?

The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The World Food Program is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, the World Food Program buys food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. We encourage you to visit the United Nations World Food Program to learn more about their successful approach to ending hunger.

 

最終以一句自言自語結尾:與其說是一個神奇的網站,不如說是這個神奇的“大米捐助”的想法吸引了我和我的朋友。祝天下的窮人們越來越少。

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