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A coinage dating from Usenet days, Poe's Law states that without an explicit indication—such as say a winking smiley—that a parody of a given crackpottery is, in fact, a parody—that it is impossible to tell it from the real thing. This is a noted and general problem in fora discussing pseudosciences and religion.

In colloquial usage, a 'Poe' may also refer to both (i) such a deliberate parody, and, logically (due to the ramifications of a law) (ii) any material having the quality that it is difficult to determine if it is or is not such a parody.

See also RationalWiki's explanation.

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