Last week I criticized the Canadian Blood Services for a stupid website called "What's Your Type?" The website associated certain personality traits and diet preferences with your blood type and also gave out false information about the origin of the various blood types [Shame on Canadian Blood Services].
Many people wrote letters to the Canadian Blood Services complaining about the obvious woo. They usually received a form letter saying that the site was not meant to be serious. It was for amusement only and whenever donors showed up for typing they would be told the real science behind blood types. In response to those form letters I wrote to explain that the actual science on the website was wrong—how were they going to explain that as a form of entertainment?
I'm pleased to report that the website is gone [What's Your Type?]. Now you just get a message explaining why you should know your blood type.
I never received a replay from Canadian Blood Services but PZ Myers posts a copy of a letter that some have received.
Dr. Sher has asked me to respond to your recent e-mail regarding our What's Your Type? new donor recruitment program. I understand that you have also sent an e-mail communicating your concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org and that others from our organization have provided you with specific details in response. I can confirm that the content you object to has been removed from our web site. The marketing materials for this program are being revised.Congratulations, Canadian Blood Services. You did the right thing.
Thanks again for sharing your views with us.
Chief Operating Officer
Canadian Blood Services