Rumours can have a peice of evidence as the root. If a blizzard trademarks the phrase "Canyon of unspeakable peril", it could be the basis of a rumour that WoW will have a "Canyon of unspeakable peril" area. Rumours about a certain celebrities virtue may start because a maid witnessed someone leaving their room late at night. The thread about boulders has the evidence that Notch added boulders to his ludum dare game. The silverfish.png has started rumours of silverfish as bosses. Rumours start somewhere, have some evidence, however tenuous, that they might mean something. Without such a basis, the entire discussion is pointless, and there is no reason to bring it up. If I simply said "Notch is going to add monkeys to the jungle biome", without any evidence or explanation, there would be no point in repeating it. Stating a rumour without any evidence is an idiotic activity that should be chastised. Calling it a rumour does not exempt someone from backing their assertions.
A rumour does not have proof or factual backing. Rumor (noun)- A currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth. Uncertain or doubtful, not unfounded. There is no proof one way or the other, all evidence is circumstantial and could mean something else. But there must be a basis, some grain of truth that the rumour is based on. Otherwise it is people making things up. I can do that. I can say that lady gaga will make her next stage entrance by crashing a Ferrari through the wall. Of course, the basis of hte rumor does not have to actually have happened, someone just has to have claimed it. "Oh, I talked to notch on IRC, and he said there would be tides". This could never have happened, but still form the basis of the rumour.
So, again, what is the basis of this rumour?
Gotta agree here. One person saying there will be tides does not equal a rumor. YES, technically it ****ing does, but, no.
Notch is adding big foot's ****. Should I make a thread talking about the rumor I just created?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!!!?
Rumours this past week have been flying around, one of the rumours been said is that there will be Tides in 1.8. No pictures have been shown! But the rumour still lives! Hopefully Notch will clear the air about the Tides weather or not there will be them in the next update.
I can back this up. During Notch's Ludum Dare live broadcast, when he was coding the water to simulate the splash for "Prelude of the Chambered" he said "uhhmm this would be good in another game", its ambiguous but its something. The link is here http://www.twitch.tv/realnotch/b/293132744, skip to about 1:10:00.