Log in

No account? Create an account
22 January 2013 @ 12:31 pm
Someone gets a text message from you, and for whatever reason they’re not sure it’s actually you. They’re worried that someone may have stolen your phone. What could they ask to make sure it’s really you?*

*Yes, after this post, you'll have to update it.
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
blkblk on January 22nd, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, cell phone shibboleth. I keep thinking up possibilities, but they all vary depending on who the person is and where they know me from!
Sandrosandhawke on January 22nd, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
I do not think that word means what you think it means.

( and now I just wasted 20 minutes reading parts of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shibboleths )
blk: computerblk on January 23rd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
I admit I was using it very loosely, but I thought I was still staying within the general spirit of using a code, custom, or cultural knowledge that would authenticate me as me instead of an imposter. How do you feel that I am using it incorrectly?
Sandrosandhawke on January 23rd, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that it's very much about the tell-tale signs of your group of people, contrasted with a different group of people. A shibboleth is something that's perfectly normal among your people while being utterly and remarkably foreign/weird among some other group of people.

The clearest examples in my mind are the key scene in Inglorious Basterds and the pronunciation of place names, like Berlin MA. Also, "y'all" and I think maybe double negatives for emphasis ("aint nobody....").
blkblk on January 23rd, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
S'true, the typical historical usage is for groups rather than individuals. But cultural knowledge and shared experience is recognized as an expansion of it for modern usage, and other instances take it even further than that.
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on January 22nd, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
They could ask how Alice is.
Bad Rabbitzzbottom on January 22nd, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Is this [real name]? What state were you born in? There aren't a lot of us.
jordanwillow: bert's nosejordanwillow on January 22nd, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Bert or Ernie?
Mizarchivist: Dorkmizarchivist on January 22nd, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know, but...
Possibly to see if I verbally shudder if they say "Liberry" or "Sammich."

OR to ask me if I'd arrange that alphabetically OR chronologically... alphanumeric? Anyway. Those are all running jokes in my house.
porpurina: firewhipbloodstones on January 22nd, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
This isn't a specific question, but I pretty much always use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation even in text (as do most of the people I text with regularly) so anything that requires a lengthy response would at least be indicative - 'u' or 'ur' would be a dead giveaway that it's not me.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on January 22nd, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Sandrosandhawke on January 22nd, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
"What login and password should I use to log in as you on lj/facebook/twitter/your-bank/etc." :-)
Stable Strangeletcuthalion on January 22nd, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
A boring but pretty reliable and general answer that works for most everyone is to ask the subject to send you a picture of themselves in a specific pose (e.g., touching their nose with their thumb).
Chris Xnminusone on January 22nd, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
They could just call me back, to hear my voice. When I don't answer they'll know it's me.
BOB!!: Cruiser'scruiser on January 22nd, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
Unless they just sent me a text & the text purporting to be from me is a reply, it's not me.
blk: spicyblk on January 23rd, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Ooh, I think I figured it out.

"Would you like to braid my hair?"
metagnatmetagnat on January 23rd, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
Are we assuming, here, that the person who stole my phone may be well acquainted with my habits and mannerisms?
Kcatkcatalyst on January 23rd, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
If it's you, ask me to complete the phrase "stop bogarting the ______".
harimad on January 23rd, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
No question necessary - my phone doesn't text.
David Policardpolicar on January 25th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
"How do I know it's really you?"

Anyone who knows me will recognize me from the characteristic style of my answer.
Ninja Monkey (aka. Noah): Ninja Monkeywanderyng1 on January 26th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
For me that's easy: "Quote a line from Ghostbusters, you have three seconds to comply before I know you're not Noah."