are you aware you are ‘shouting'
February 6, 2015 12:45 PM   Subscribe

 
NO PROB, YOU JUST PICKED THE WRONG WEEK. WAIT UNTIL OCTOBER AND THEN NO ONE WILL BAT AN EYE.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:48 PM on February 6, 2015 [5 favorites]


She is literally history's greatest monster.
posted by Justinian at 12:53 PM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


THIS WON'T WENDELL.
posted by HuronBob at 12:54 PM on February 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


CAPS LOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE KASHMIR. ALL THE TIME
posted by boo_radley at 12:55 PM on February 6, 2015 [19 favorites]


The Amex chat window in the article is pretty funny.

But most of the time I was like "Dad, is that you?"

Because he all-caps his subject lines.

So, an otherwise civil, innocuous email from him like:

PICTURES FROM CHRISTMAS

...is just him yelling at me inside my head.

The article missed one thing, though. It mentions that some Lenovo Thinkpads don't have a caps lock key anymore. That's true, but you can still enable caps lock on it by double-tapping shift. I SHOULD KNOW. I'M USING ONE RIGHT NOW. THIS MEANS THAT STUFF LIKE THIS HAPPENS A LOT AND BY ACCIDENT.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:55 PM on February 6, 2015 [12 favorites]


This is one of the bravest things I've seen a journalist (who isn't investigating the intelligence community or in literal warzones) ever do.
posted by el io at 12:56 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


what would happen if she had given up the shift key instead/
posted by peeedro at 1:00 PM on February 6, 2015 [20 favorites]


You can’t write “I THINK” or “PERHAPS” in all caps.

MIGHT I SUGGEST THAT IN FACT YOU CAN
posted by Greg Nog at 1:00 PM on February 6, 2015 [45 favorites]


what would happen if she had given up the shift key instead/

I see what you did there.
posted by beagle at 1:02 PM on February 6, 2015 [5 favorites]


I STILL MISS BIFF
posted by whuppy at 1:04 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


In my head, THAT'S WHERE I'M SPIDER-MAN!!!
posted by bonehead at 1:04 PM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


MEH!
posted by Segundus at 1:04 PM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


You can’t write “I THINK” or “PERHAPS” in all caps.

I THINK
THEREFORE
I AM OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:05 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


EVERYONE THIS JUST REMINDS ME THAT I STILL THINK CHOCK LOCK IS HILARIBLE BEST GOOD TIMES
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 1:05 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


MUSHROOM
posted by Kabanos at 1:07 PM on February 6, 2015


According to Chelsea Peretti's Twitter bio: "CAPS AREN'T YELLING THEY R ACTION MOVIE LEVEL INTENSITY TWEETING."
posted by saladin at 1:08 PM on February 6, 2015 [7 favorites]


BADGER BADGER BADGER
posted by Jalliah at 1:09 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


I LOVE THIS POST
posted by josher71 at 1:09 PM on February 6, 2015


I could definitely do without a caps lock key. I don't know why they aren't easier to disable.
posted by uosuaq at 1:10 PM on February 6, 2015


CAPS LOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE KASHMIR.

KASHMIR HAS THAT EFFECT ON PEOPLE.
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:12 PM on February 6, 2015


NO┴┴∩q פNOɹM ƎH┴ ┴IH I ʞNIH┴ I
posted by robocop is bleeding at 1:12 PM on February 6, 2015 [13 favorites]


IS IT TIME FOR A CROCKETY BLOAT YET?
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:13 PM on February 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


I COULD EAT SALMON ON TOAST FOR A WHOLE WEEK.

I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD SPEND THAT MUCH TIME BY THE DOCKS WITHOUT THE COPS TELLING ME TO MOVE ALONG THOUGH
posted by louche mustachio at 1:13 PM on February 6, 2015 [6 favorites]


DID SHE GET DRUNK ON THE DOCKS
posted by nanojath at 1:14 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]




The inventor of Caps Lock says:
"The 'num lock' key is a dreadful thing and I have to remind people I didn’t invent that."
posted by clawsoon at 1:19 PM on February 6, 2015 [21 favorites]


BEST OF THE WEB??!?!
posted by aught at 1:19 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


COOP, YOU REMIND ME TODAY OF A SMALL MEXICAN CHI-WOW-WOW.
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:19 PM on February 6, 2015 [9 favorites]


SOME OF US FIND EXCUSES TO TALK IN ALL CAPS WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

For some reason, I was expecting this link to go to some National Weather Service forecast discussions (my personal favorite source of caps lock).
posted by dorque at 1:23 PM on February 6, 2015 [9 favorites]


I'M SORRY DAVE, I'M AFRAID OUR TERMINALS WON'T LET US DO THAT.

I TRUST YOU UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT YELLING AT YOU, BUT RATHER IN MY MIND, I AM COMMUNICATING IN A SOFT, PLEASANT VOICE, SO AS TO NOT UPSET YOU.

YOUR CONDITION IS VITAL TO OUR MISSION, DAVE.

DAVE. PLEASE. CALM DOWN.

I DIDN'T START YELLING FIRST, DAVE.
posted by symbioid at 1:23 PM on February 6, 2015 [21 favorites]


I was secretly hoping that everyone would comment, without exception, in all caps.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:27 PM on February 6, 2015 [10 favorites]


DOES ANYBODY ELSE SMELL TOAST?
posted by boo_radley at 1:28 PM on February 6, 2015 [5 favorites]


ENJOY THIS WHILE YOU CAN, MORTALS.
posted by metaBugs at 1:30 PM on February 6, 2015 [6 favorites]


what would happen if she had given up the shift key instead/

If the world's fastest typist is any indicator, she might start typing faster (see paragraph four of the linked post for an interesting take on the CAPS LOCK KEY).
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 1:32 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I can't join in because my Caps Lock doesn't Caps Lock and I'm too lazy to hold down Shift.
posted by kmz at 1:33 PM on February 6, 2015


WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE SHIFTLESS KMZ
posted by boo_radley at 1:35 PM on February 6, 2015 [28 favorites]


The real achievement here is when you not only write your emails in all caps but also shoehorn the entire body into the subject line. My mom could give Amy Pascal a real run for her money.
posted by invitapriore at 1:38 PM on February 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


I WORK with a woman who, when wanting to EMPHASIZE words like she would do IN SPEECH, using HAND GESTURES, types those EMPHASIZED WORDS in CAPS.

It's annoying as hell, but a) she gets her points across, and b) you don't have to read her entire email -- you just have to scan for capitalized words to figure out her point. Saves the reader a bit of time, actually, and makes you wonder what purpose all those filler words serve, anyway.
posted by mudpuppie at 1:41 PM on February 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


DALEK POETRY:

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER'S DAY?
THOU ART MORE LOVELY AND MORE TEMPERATE.
ROUGH WINDS DO SHAKE THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY,
EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE EX-TER-MIN-ATE!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:45 PM on February 6, 2015 [35 favorites]


I WORK EMPHASIZE IN SPEECH HAND GESTURES EMPHASIZED WORDS CAPS.

Like that?
posted by clawsoon at 1:45 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


I stopped writing articles for a week and nobody noticed.
posted by Ratio at 1:47 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


I could definitely do without a caps lock key. I don't know why they aren't easier to disable.

I switched mine to be an extra Control key, which makes for awesomeness in Terminal and vim. /NERD!!!
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:48 PM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Why don't they like you when you use all-caps? Because fuck you, you fucking fuck, is why.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 1:51 PM on February 6, 2015


This reminds me of the week I stopped swallowing and just let the drool dribble down my face without telling anyone about my secret social experiment... I learned so much!
posted by Auden at 1:52 PM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


I WORK WITH A WOMAN EMPHASIZES IN SPEECH HAND GESTURES EMPHASIZED WORDS IN CAPS

You're right. Had to add "with a woman" and an extra "in", but otherwise the emphasized words more or less make sense without the filler.

Probably LOTS of MONEY could be MADE to TEACH EXECUTIVES how to write even SHORTER EMAILS.

LOTS MONEY MADE TEACH EXECUTIVES SHORTER EMAILS
posted by honestcoyote at 1:52 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


DOES ANYBODY ELSE SMELL TOAST?

Don't just going go throwing that out there when there are Canadians reading the thread unless you want us to bring DOCTOR WILDER FUCKING PENFIELD into it.
posted by srboisvert at 1:55 PM on February 6, 2015 [10 favorites]


I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS NOT ALL-CAPS THAT BOTHERS ME AS MUCH AS IT IS ALL-BIG. IF THE SIZE VARIES, IT SEEMS LESS LIKE YELLING.
posted by fings at 1:58 PM on February 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


DEEDLE DOOT DOO DEE DEE
posted by Spatch at 2:00 PM on February 6, 2015 [7 favorites]


At one time the caps lock key and control key were reversed. The control next to A and caps lock below the shift. This was a better world. Then IBM swapped them for their original PC keyboards, and those that used Emacs cursed IBM for having to make Emacs users reprogram their muscle memory for where their pinky stretched to press the control key.

Another annoyance is how Windows handles the shift key if caps lock is on: Windows uncaps the letter! Why would you do that? When you do want to type in all caps, why would you want to stick a lower case letter in the middle when you are typing. Macs don't do this, shift+caps lock still is a capital letter.
posted by ShooBoo at 2:02 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


HATERS GONNA HATE
posted by echocollate at 2:02 PM on February 6, 2015


I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS NOT ALL-CAPS THAT BOTHERS ME AS MUCH AS IT IS ALL-BIG. IF THE SIZE VARIES, IT SEEMS LESS LIKE YELLING.

Death, is that you? I'm not ready!
posted by filthy light thief at 2:02 PM on February 6, 2015 [13 favorites]


I CAN'T BELIEVE NO ONE HERE HAS PH'NGLUI MGLW'NAFH CTHULHU R'LYEH WGAH'NAGL FHTAGN YET
posted by surazal at 2:02 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


CAPSLOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL.
posted by Obscure Reference at 2:08 PM on February 6, 2015 [6 favorites]


But most of the time I was like "Dad, is that you?"

Because he all-caps his subject lines.


Wait, do I have more siblings that I wasn't aware of?

It took him about 8 years of being online before he moved from entire emails in all caps to (usually) just the subject lines.
posted by Foosnark at 2:21 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


THIS IS LIKE MY SARCASM SPEECH IMPEDIMENT
posted by St. Peepsburg at 2:26 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Don't just going go throwing that out there when there are Canadians reading the thread unless you want us to bring DOCTOR WILDER FUCKING PENFIELD into it.

SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE GREATEST CANADIAN NOW? I HAVE TO RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE AND SAY TOMMY DOUGLAS WOULD GET MY VOTE ON THAT SCORE, BUT THERE'S ROOM IN THE PANTHEON OF GREAT CANADIANS FOR BOTH.

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND, EH?
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:32 PM on February 6, 2015


At one time the caps lock key and control key were reversed. The control next to A and caps lock below the shift. This was a better world. Then IBM swapped them for their original PC keyboards
I don't know on what systems the caps lock and control were reversed, but I do know that caps lock being next to the A dates from mechanical typewriters.

The caps lock key is located where it is because it is directly above the shift key. On mechanical typewriters, it was a physical toggle button that held down the shift key.

The reason the shift key is called "shift" also dates from mechanical typewriters. The key would physically shift the mechanism so that the uppercase letters hit the paper (through the ink ribbon) instead of the lowercase letters. Likewise for symbols versus numbers.

I don't know the veracity of this, but I have heard that the layout of QWERTY keyboards was influenced by two things:

1- Arrange letters so that most words can be typed by alternating from one side of the keyboard to the other, in order to reduce jams in the physical mechanism, and...
2- Allow sales people to type the word "typewriter" quickly and without having to learn to use more than one row.

Modern technology often seems like a gift from the future. It's very easy to forget that in reality it is built upon history, just like everything else. (And don't think this is limited to the keyboard!)
posted by swr at 2:34 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]




THIS IS AN INTERESTING ARTICLE ON HOW THE QWERTY KEYBOARD CAME TO BE. APPARENTLY IT WAS TELEGRAPH OPERATORS WHO INFLUENCED IT, RATHER THAN MECHANICAL FAILURE.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:41 PM on February 6, 2015


A senior colleague who had a bad patch sent me an email once about a construction drawing of a 1790s fortepiano - all in caps and without punctuation. He clearly found that I had asked him a naïve question.
It's much more disconcerting to read stuff like "ANDREAS STREICHERS ACTION DRAWING IS NOT TO SCALE AND NOBODY WAS SUPPOSED TO WORK AFTER IT IT WAS ONLY FOR THE GENERAL INFORMATION OF THE CUSTOMERS AND IT IS WRONG TO DRAW TOO SUBTLE CONCLUSIONS FROM IT" than, for example, "LOL DUMBO WTF" or something similar. Shook me to my bones.
posted by Namlit at 2:41 PM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Another annoyance is how Windows handles the shift key if caps lock is on: Windows uncaps the letter! Why would you do that? When you do want to type in all caps, why would you want to stick a lower case letter in the middle when you are typing. Macs don't do this, shift+caps lock still is a capital letter.

I have vague recollections from the long long ago of having used typewriters that worked the same way. It doesn't make sense based on how the mechanism was originally implemented, but maybe it became a sort of convention in someplace somewhen somehow, and this is aping that behavior?
posted by jammer at 2:49 PM on February 6, 2015




WHY AREN'T YOU PEOPLE REMAPPING YOUR CAPSLOCK KEY TO SOMETHING USEFUL?

MY WORK LENOVO DOESN'T HAVE ONE BUT I MIGHT TRY SOME OF THESE AT HOME. THANKS FOR THESE.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:56 PM on February 6, 2015


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posted by scruss at 3:02 PM on February 6, 2015


I AM SPEAKING NORMALLY
posted by Sys Rq at 3:02 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Sys Rq, right before clicking that link, I was thinking to myself "Capslock always sounds like Will Farrell in my head..."
posted by Navelgazer at 3:09 PM on February 6, 2015


setxkbmap -option caps:escape
posted by en forme de poire at 3:15 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thank you to those commenters in this thread who exercised restraint and did not type in all caps.

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:15 PM on February 6, 2015


We had once had a winning MeFite trivia team called CAPS LOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE. That was fun.
posted by exogenous at 3:23 PM on February 6, 2015


WHY SHOULD I CARE IF HER CAPS LOCK IS ON?
posted by mazola at 3:23 PM on February 6, 2015


HULK FEELING PENSIVE. HULK WANT CHAMOMILE TEA.
posted by Splunge at 3:24 PM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


GOTO 10
posted by smidgen at 3:35 PM on February 6, 2015


i turn caps lock off and everyone hates that too

sO nOw I'm goINg tO JuST mIx IT aLl uP aNd fUcK aLL y'All
posted by pyramid termite at 3:38 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


It was really easy to hit capslock on my old netbook, so I pried it off my keyboard. A friend of mine saw this and said, "Oh my god, you've removed your FEELS key."
posted by betweenthebars at 3:39 PM on February 6, 2015 [8 favorites]


When you do want to type in all caps, why would you want to stick a lower case letter in the middle when you are typing.

Because sometimes you have to emphasize what a COMPLETE FUCKING SHITHEEL THAT GODDAMN McDOUGALL DOWN IN PURCHASING IS, but you don't want to disrespect his heritage.
posted by Etrigan at 3:43 PM on February 6, 2015 [26 favorites]


I'M CALMER THAN YOU ARE
posted by mazola at 3:48 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


I've been developing a comic voice that uses allcaps somewhat, I think I got it from jscott's Sockington tweets.

It's that kind of straightforward voice DONT USE PUNCTUATION not at all INSTEAD ALTERNATE BETWEEN ALLCAPS AND LOWERCASE it implies a certain kind of limited intelligence BUT ALSO A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM or at least a kind of obnoxiousness YOU CAN HAVE A LOT OF FUN TALKING THAT WAY at least until people throw vegetables at you THROW THE CARROTS I LIKE THEM BEST
posted by JHarris at 3:59 PM on February 6, 2015 [5 favorites]


oh. I was going to mention that back in the olden days, when the SEC instituted the "Plain English" rule (that would be in 1998, for you listeners at home), one of the precepts was to no longer include dire warnings (risk factors) in all caps on prospectuses because they had figured out that no one reads paragraphs of all caps text, so the very thing they required to be front and center was the thing everyone just skipped. Now people skip reading about risk factors because they don't care.

But then I saw that everyone in here was having way too much fun with their caps lock key, so I thought maybe this wouldn't be interesting to anyone, and then I realized I was skipping a lot of all caps text so I thought I would mention it anyway.
posted by janey47 at 4:00 PM on February 6, 2015 [9 favorites]


Metafilter: A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM or at least a kind of obnoxiousness
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:05 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I took a programming class in summer school in roughly 85. It was a room full of commodore 64s built into lockable metal cases so they couldn't be stolen. my bench partner couldn't type worth two hoots and any time he needed to shift he'd stop, press the "shift lock" key, hunt down whatever shiftable he was after, hit it quite deliberately, press the shift lock key again, and carry on.

Drove me to absolute fits.

I also had a senior manager at a major manufacturing concern in the late 90s who typed all his emails in all caps...whom I had entirely forgotten about until reading this thread.
posted by hearthpig at 4:22 PM on February 6, 2015


HI, I'M RANDS

PREVIOUSLY
posted by Evilspork at 4:29 PM on February 6, 2015


I TURNED CAPS LOCK ON FOR A WEEK AND EVERYONE HATED IT

when Katy Perry runs out of song ideas
posted by Wolfdog at 4:43 PM on February 6, 2015 [11 favorites]


I'm shocked and downright bothered that computer manufacturers (my beloved, peerless Thinkpad no less) would get rid of the Caps Lock key. It's a useful key: writing in all-caps is often necessary or compulsory - adding notation to an architectural drawing for example. There are other keys I don't ever use or even understand - Pause? SysRq? F4? - but don't take away Caps Lock.
posted by Flashman at 4:44 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


O THANKS!!! ITS SO MUCH EASIER TO WRITE NOW!!!!!!!
posted by loquacious at 4:47 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


TFA was a lot deeper than I thought it was going to be, I'm glad lunch went long.

Strangely I can't find anything except random bboards to back up apocrypha in the recesses of my mind suggest a bias towards the big letters as WITHOUT CAPS YOU CANNOT TYPE IN PROPER DEFERENCE TO THE CHRISTIAN DEITY.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 4:53 PM on February 6, 2015


Sockington has been alternating CAPITALS and lowercase AND NO OTHER PUNCTUATION brilliantly creating inspired cat poetry WITHIN TWITTER'S CONSTRAINTS since 2007.
posted by KS at 4:56 PM on February 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


ShooBoo: "Then IBM swapped them for their original PC keyboards, and those that used Emacs cursed IBM for having to make Emacs users reprogram their muscle memory for where their pinky stretched to press the control key."

This actually isn't true. The IBM 5150 keyboard was the Model F, which was the first buckling spring keyboard and had the control key on the home row, as can be seen here, and which I miss dearly. It does have a capslock key, but it's to the right of the spacebar. It also had the function keys to the left instead of above the letters.

It wasn't until the release of the PC/AT in 1986 with the new Extended 101 key layout that Caps Lock ended up on the home row.

So IBM is still to blame, just not my beloved model F keyboard (second only to the Model M as best keyboard ever.)
posted by namewithoutwords at 5:34 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


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posted by idiopath at 5:36 PM on February 6, 2015


kmz: "I can't join in because my Caps Lock doesn't Caps Lock and I'm too lazy to hold down Shift."

irb(main):001:0> "as a programmer, i have my caps lock key turned off, but there is more than one way to skin a cat".upcase
=> "AS A PROGRAMMER, I HAVE MY CAPS LOCK KEY TURNED OFF, BUT THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SKIN A CAT"

posted by double block and bleed at 5:58 PM on February 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


¡pƎS∩ℲNOƆ ʞ˥∩H ¿פNI˥IƎƆ NO ʞ˥∩H ⅄HM ┴I∀M
posted by Splunge at 6:30 PM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


ehhh...
WHUT?


And btw, leave my bloody num loc key alone, DAMMIT.
THANKS
posted by BlueHorse at 7:45 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I have never typed in all-caps and I hate trying to read all-caps typing, but my printing is almost always all-caps, I think because I saw architectural blueprints for the first time when I was in elementary school and I fell in love with that style of lettering. It also tends to have bigger caps at the beginning of words to indicate capitalization, though not always according to English grammar.

So now I'm worrying that my printing looks like shouting. I mostly hand write on government forms, though, so I'm not sure if it's even a problem.

(I do have lovely, if not always super-readable, cursive, but I try to prioritize readability when dealing with bureaucracy.)
posted by jaguar at 7:47 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I love the story about the Caps Lock key being invented in response to secretary rage at a typewriter.
posted by fshgrl at 7:55 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Posting in all caps may be strangely satisfying, ladies and gentlemen, but posting like Dennis Wolfberg is an exercise for the true connoisseur.
posted by MrBadExample at 8:27 PM on February 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


𝕴 𝖑𝖎𝖐𝖊 𝖚𝖘𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖋𝖗𝖆𝖐𝖙𝖚𝖗 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖊𝖒𝖕𝖍𝖆𝖘𝖎𝖘. 𝕸𝖆𝖐𝖊𝖘 𝖊𝖛𝖊𝖗𝖞𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖘𝖊𝖊𝖒 𝖊𝖝𝖙𝖗𝖆-𝖌𝖗𝖎𝖒 (𝖔𝖗 𝖒𝖆𝖞𝖇𝖊 𝖇𝖆𝖉𝖑𝖞-𝖙𝖆𝖙𝖙𝖔𝖔𝖊𝖉).
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:41 PM on February 6, 2015 [15 favorites]


mudpuppie: I WORK with a woman who, when wanting to EMPHASIZE words like she would do IN SPEECH, using HAND GESTURES, types those EMPHASIZED WORDS in CAPS.

Oh yes, that is annoying as hell, indeed. It can only be made WORSE if someone deCIdes that emphasizing PARTS of words gives them more inFLECtion and makes their writing more LIVEly and NAtural.
(Yes, that's a thing that happened.)
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:22 AM on February 7, 2015


Whenever I think about people and their terrible online communication skills, I am reminded of this xkcd. (Meanwhile, educators everywhere wring their hands about how little reading the young'uns are doing, ignoring this vast tentacular and pervasive thing that defines modern communication. A fifteen year old who likes Minecraft modding is reading more challenging texts than most sexagenarian librarians.)
posted by sonic meat machine at 5:05 AM on February 7, 2015


mudpuppie: I WORK with a woman who, when wanting to EMPHASIZE words like she would do IN SPEECH, using HAND GESTURES, types those EMPHASIZED WORDS in CAPS.

This is me. I am unapologetic.
posted by mikelieman at 5:10 AM on February 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


In a related experiment, I attached a close-up high-res artfully-lit picture of my hemorrhoids to every outgoing email for a month. Reactions were generally negative. This experiment was less obnoxious, and the result less surprising, than the all-caps thing.
posted by sourcequench at 5:15 AM on February 7, 2015


I'm still looking for the caps-unlock button on my 029 card punch.
posted by MtDewd at 5:20 AM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Printing by hand in all caps but still using larger "capital letters" to begin sentences, etc is "block lettering" and is typically acceptable to me because my dad does it.

To this day I know people who use caps lock like a shift key, toggling it for a single capital letter as if they were missing a hand or some digits. In fact Windows does have a "sticky keys" feature for accessibility which behaves like an old school shift lock key (like caps lock, and the top row of numbers shifts to symbols). It's easy to turn on by holding your shift key down for too long, but I run into a problem every so often on different keyboards where either the shift key or "Windows key" acts like it's being held down until I whack the key(s) a few times. They aren't physically stuck but they act like it. Huh.
posted by aydeejones at 5:58 AM on February 7, 2015


Many years ago, I was in a World of Warcraft guild where one of officers would capitalize every word. I just couldn't wrap my head around it. What logic explains that?
posted by Brocktoon at 7:47 AM on February 7, 2015


In other news, journalist yells at everyone for a week. Surprisingly, everyone hates it.
posted by dozo at 8:01 AM on February 7, 2015


Oh yes, that is annoying as hell, indeed. It can only be made WORSE if someone deCIdes that emphasizing PARTS of words gives them more inFLECtion and makes their writing more LIVEly and NAtural.

Heh. I used to do that, and still occasionally do that, but never in work emails and only with friends who will realize that I'm mostly making fun of myself because I know that I can get a little overly enthusiastic and hand-gesturey sometimes. I used to do it more, because it very definitely was a common-ish style for online communication in the early 2000s or so, but I've toned it down since then. Mostly.

And it was less about signifying "lively and natural" and more about signifying "I am ranting but doing so in a hyperbolic manner designed to be amusing rather than angry."
posted by jaguar at 10:10 AM on February 7, 2015


I USED TO OWN A COUPLE OF TELETYPE MACHINES. THEY COMMUNICATED USING THE BAUDOT CODE. EACH CHARACTER IN THE CODE WAS REPRESENTED BY 5 BITS ... A MAX OF 32 CHARS (32 MORE WITH A SHIFT-KEY). NONE OF THEM WERE LOWERCASE LETTERS.

FOR OVER 50 YEARS PEOPLE USED THESE MACHINES TO SEND MILLIONS OF IMPORTANT MESSAGES AROUND THE WORLD. THE "RED PHONE" IN THE WHITE HOUSE - USED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE SOVIETS ABOUT NUCLEAR WAR - WAS ACTUALLY A TELETYPE MACHINE.

SO I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS DAMN DUMB THAT SOME PEOPLE DECIDED TO CALL THIS 'SHOUTING'. ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF A COMPLETELY MADE-UP SOCIAL MORE ... OBVIOUSLY MADE UP BY NEWBIES SINCE ANY COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONAL KNEW BETTER. AR K
posted by Twang at 10:27 AM on February 7, 2015


HELLO FAMILY STOP THE HOLIDAY IS LOVELY STOP THE BEACHES ARE GOLDEN AND THE WATER IS WARM STOP YOUR MOTHER DROWNED YESTERDAY STOP CONTINUING HOLIDAY STOP SEE YOU IN A MONTH STOP
posted by tracicle at 10:37 AM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


my girlfriend's sister's new puppy is all craps
posted by Namlit at 10:53 AM on February 7, 2015


This is one of the bravest things I've seen a journalist (who isn't investigating the intelligence community or in literal warzones) ever do.

Heh, she just posted this comment to her twitter about an hour ago.
posted by daninnj at 11:12 AM on February 7, 2015


> 𝕴 𝖑𝖎𝖐𝖊 𝖚𝖘𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖋𝖗𝖆𝖐𝖙𝖚𝖗 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖊𝖒𝖕𝖍𝖆𝖘𝖎𝖘

ⓦⓗⓐⓣ ⓐ ⓦⓘⓔⓝⓔⓡ
posted by scruss at 1:27 PM on February 7, 2015 [5 favorites]


I like caps lock. How on Earth would you ever type The Man from the U.N.C.L.E. quickly?

I actually just typed it on my capslockless Chromebook, but it was fucking SLOW, man!

mudpuppie: I WORK with a woman who, when wanting to EMPHASIZE words like she would do IN SPEECH, using HAND GESTURES, types those EMPHASIZED WORDS in CAPS.

This is me. I am unapologetic.


I am the room parent for my daughter's class, and when I email the parents in the class, I use a similar approach. I don't use ALL CAPS; I use bold e.g. "Next week's Valentine's Day party will take place from 1-2pm on February 12." etc.

It's annoying as hell, but a) she gets her points across, and b) you don't have to read her entire email -- you just have to scan for capitalized words to figure out her point. Saves the reader a bit of time, actually, and makes you wonder what purpose all those filler words serve, anyway.

There are a range of parents in our class--those who want to know everything about their kids' activities and opportunities for volunteering on one side, and those do the minimum on the other.

The bold words are for the minimum readers; the "filler" words, e.g. "We need help setting up decorations at noon," "if your child brings valentines, please bring one for every student," and "Children will wait until home to open their valentines" etc. etc., are for the more invested readers.

The problem I see, with both personal and work communication, is that lots of people don't read well, or they very quickly scan the message to discern "the point," as you say. I think that calling out the important words helps reach those folks.

Here, on MetaFilter, I would not do that, since most folks here are invested (and very good) readers.

Then again, I like and use capslock.
posted by mrgrimm at 6:07 PM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


FOR OVER 50 YEARS PEOPLE USED THESE MACHINES TO SEND MILLIONS OF IMPORTANT MESSAGES AROUND THE WORLD.

And happily abandoned it once technology offered something better.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:26 PM on February 7, 2015


THE "RED PHONE" IN THE WHITE HOUSE - USED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE SOVIETS ABOUT NUCLEAR WAR - WAS ACTUALLY A TELETYPE MACHINE.

IN WHICH CASE IT'S AN ABSOLUTE WONDER WE'RE NOT ALL CINDERS AND ASHES WHAT WITH ALL THAT SHOUTING THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:33 PM on February 7, 2015


I've popped the Caps Lock key off of every keyboard I've used for close to twenty years now. It's really easy; just work a house key under it and it flies right off. I still go all-caps when I feel like EMPHASIZING SOMETHING, but it's rare, and I'm pretty adept at holding Shift down with my pinkie.
posted by Fnarf at 7:16 PM on February 7, 2015


I've popped the Caps Lock key off of every keyboard I've used for close to twenty years now.

Wouldn't it be easier to just, y'know, not use it? Does it present too much of a temptation for you?
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:59 PM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh, great. Now I'm realizing that my laptop has a "Caps Lock" key instead of a "CAPS LOCK" key, and it's going to annoy me forever.
posted by Etrigan at 8:05 PM on February 7, 2015 [6 favorites]


I painted mine over to say "KERSPLECK", and reprogrammed it to play a sound. Now every time I'm tempted to shout, I get this noise instead.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:32 PM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


A REMINDER TO FINISH READING THE FILM CRITIC HULK'S ARTICLE THAT I'VE HAD OPEN FOR A MONTH NOW, THANK YOU

NOW GOING TO READ AND CONTEMPLATE HOW TO MAKE 'CAPS LOCK' COSTUME! HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEN
posted by one teak forest at 10:42 PM on February 7, 2015


Oh, great. Now I'm realizing that my laptop has a "Caps Lock" key instead of a "CAPS LOCK" key, and it's going to annoy me forever.

Mine has a "caps lock" key.
posted by jaguar at 11:09 PM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]




"Caps Lock" instead of "CAPS LOCK" is an oversight, an unintended irony at worst.

A "caps lock" key is a slap in your face, a throwdown, spittle in the direction of your very humanity.
posted by Chitownfats at 9:36 AM on February 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


Mine is a bilingual (French/English) keyboard, so I've got:

CapsLk
Verr.maj.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:59 AM on February 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


A character in John Sandford's Lucas Davenport mystery series is named "Del Capslock." Yes, straight off the writer's keyboard. He said he didn't want a name like "Joe Jones" that screamed "I can't be bothered to pick something more imaginative," but, because Capslock is a supporting character, Sandford didn't want a handle that was so distinctive it would be distracting.
posted by virago at 12:14 PM on February 8, 2015


My first typewriters did not have bespoke CapsLocks. The Shift keys had a clever pivot-and-hook mechanism, such that pulling my finger back a little when pressing Shift would tilt the key and engage the lock. To release the lock, I'd tap the top edge of the key, setting it level and thus disengaging the hook.

I guess that level of mechanical ingenuity is too expensive for today's keyboards,
posted by Autumn Leaf at 4:12 PM on February 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


fings: "I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS NOT ALL-CAPS THAT BOTHERS ME AS MUCH AS IT IS ALL-BIG. IF THE SIZE VARIES, IT SEEMS LESS LIKE YELLING."

THAT'S JUST REFINED YELLING YOU AINT FOOLIN' NOBODY NOHOW.
posted by boo_radley at 8:49 AM on February 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


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