Earlier this month, a senior Korean missionary forwarded me a copy of an email sent from the director of the UBF Internet Committee. This person had found a negative article about UBF on the Urban Dictionary website. I checked out the article right away and found it to indeed be negative and full of emotion, but also containing some facts.
The article was posted on the internet sometime in 2008, so I don’t know why the email was just sent with such urgency this month, 2011. The article is gone the last time I checked. But it is interesting to see how fearful and defensive UBF leaders are of negative words. Here is the email, with the email addresses and names dashed out.
It is also interesting to see this leader sending out “mass emails”. I was rebuked for sending out “mass emails” as I left UBF.
———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:29 AM
Subject: removing anti-UBF articles from the Internet
Greetings, servants of God,
Generally I don’t like to create mass emails, but in this case I would really like your help urgently.
It has recently come to my attention that there is a popular website among young people called “Urban Dictionary.” According to a Wikipedia article, the site gets about 15 million unique visitors per month, and 80% of the users under the age of 25. It is a very important website that many American college students are accessing every day.
This “Urban Dictionary” contains lots of “street slang” terms that young people currently use. Much of it has dirty language, but it is nonetheless very popular. There is an article in it on “UBF” and on “University Bible Fellowship.” These articles are extremely negative. They would definitely drive curious young people away from our ministry if they use this resource to try to find out about us. I think it is a very important issue right at the start of our new school year college student outreach ministry.
The only way to remove these articles is if enough people mark them as “Dislike” by clicking on the “thumbs down” icon on the upper right hand corner of the article. This can be done only once on each computer. Once an article is very unpopular with a strong majority of “Dislike” votes, the editors remove it from the “Urban Dictionary” website.
Would you please go to these articles “UBF” and “University Bible Fellowship” and mark them as “Dislike”? It will help us to remove their poisonous attacks on our ministry.
Also, please use discernment in circulating this email. (In my opinion it is not good for many of our young people to be exposed to the negative attacks of these “Urban Dictionary” articles about our ministry.)
Perhaps if many of our UBF co-workers in Korea were to also go to this “Urban Dictionary” website and vote “Dislike,” it would make the articles even more unpopular.
Thank you for your help.