Vowel Movement


#1

After he bought the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos suggested a premium feature for readers to remove all the vowels from stories they didn’t like. Other readers would have to pay to restore the missing letters.

Bezos called the feature, “disemvoweling.”


#2

Won’t they be sued by that other “I’d like to buy a vowel” intellectual property?


#3

Not sure if that show has that phrase trademarked or even if it’s trademarkable because of how generic it is.


#4

I’d like to buy a vowel, tax free.


#5

EVERYTHING is trademarkable, and does get trademarked after they come into common use. “Let’s roll.” “Nothing but net.” “Stealth.” Everything.

Like patents on common ideas, it’s a matter of whether someone is willing to spend a fortune fighting you when you sue them. The trick is to sue those with little resources, at least until you’ve built up a war chest and a few wins.


#6

that used to be a mod tactic here before BB switched to Wordpress. comments didn’t get removed, just disemvoweled. I don’t know if this was before or after Bezos bought the WP.


#7

Yep, Teresa Nielsen Hayden brought it to BB.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden used the vowel-deletion technique in 2002 for internet forum moderation on her blog Making Light.[5] This was termed disemvoweling by Arthur D. Hlavaty later in the same thread.[6]

Nielsen Hayden joined the group blog Boing Boing as community manager in August 2007[citation needed] , when it re-enabled comments on its posts,[7] and implemented disemvoweling.

Antinous was still using it when I started as a moderator (2011-ish?), but it was phased out soon after that. I think that’s because we started using Disqus, which allowed people to edit their comments. It didn’t work as well if people could just add the vowels back.


#8

right, that’s right. I remember now.

one of y’all got me a few times :P


#9

I thought this would be a thread of linguistic puns.

/stomps out, disappointed


#10

Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his vowel is.


#11

Not even 10 posts and you’re throwing in the vowel?


#12

I can dig it. Vowel puns are a consonant disappointment.


#13


#14

Forget it, funruly, @chgoliz is consonantly doing that.


#15

I thought it was a reference to the great vowel shift or some modern equivalent.

/Flounces off


#16

Maybe she made a solemn promise?

From what I gather, she does vow well.


#17

Wait, you mean Sarah?


#18

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