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Telemarketer Torture

A funny thing happened today. Fred Posner posted an article about telemarketer torture (here). He has some examples that his script created.

It was funny because today I worked on almost the exact same thing. My implementation was a bit different, but I really like the approach he took too. We both ended up using the WaitForSilence() application.

Mine should be available via ISN 666*460 if you wanna try it out.

More to follow!


Written by Leif Madsen

2009/07/17 at 8:41 pm

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  1. I really like the idea of doing the random short phrases a lot. I tried a bunch of them for a while… including random “Hey, hold on a second.”, “Just a few more, I’m sorry.”, etc. but something about the high school in Wisconsin keeps people on for the 2 minute mark (or more). But… it could be a lot of fun to combine the short phrases… I really like that idea a lot.

    Fred Posner

    2009/07/17 at 9:07 pm

  2. Ya, perhaps there is something that can be done with a combination of them. I think the high school in Wisconsin story is genius. I didn’t even think of putting together a script like that.

    Perhaps a combination of random clips, but somewhat scheduled (with step one having a random clip from prompts 1-3, the 2nd step being a random prompt between 4-6, etc…)

    You’d end up with different stories each time. Kinda like a choose your own adventure, or one of those MadLib things we did as kids πŸ™‚

    Leif Madsen

    2009/07/17 at 9:39 pm

  3. The real danger here is you are going to start getting calls because they are entertained 😐


    2009/07/17 at 11:22 pm

  4. Be careful about phrases that say “yes”, “no”, “ok”, “I’d like that” or other things the Telemarketer could interpret as you accepting to buy some stuff (a “no” can be a “yes” if the question is phrased as a negative). Freds Wisconsin high school story was good at avoiding that trap.


    2010/06/30 at 4:25 pm

    • That’s some great advice. I lost my previous script in a system crash several months ago, but that is certainly something to keep in mind for future versions of the system. Thanks for the tip!

      Leif Madsen

      2010/06/30 at 4:26 pm

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