After months of exhausting research upper level TheSpoof.com think tank experts have discovered why most readers of the world's third most accurate daily news machine (lagging shortly behind the National Enquirer and Viz magazine) do not rate the articles they read.
A suburban legend has grown around the wholly untrue belief that if one clicks on the rating button they will contract instant leprosy and their fingers will fall off. If there is anything that strikes fear into the heart of hard-core Internet abusers it is the thought of having any of their digits fall off, especially the ones on their hands as these are the most used parts of their bodies as it is.
The horror of losing their main contact with the world of cyberspace keeps most from voicing their opinion.
Scientists and medical experts have been hired on to study the phenomena to see if there is any truth to the story and the management at Spoof eagerly awaits their findings. The process has been slowed somewhat because the experts are finding it hard to type with their stumps.