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I love you.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 15, 2008 5:20 PM

I must say, response 'A typographical device nonpareil' had me rolling. Even though it's losing the vote, I think it's the only response that captures the correct combination of snark, self-awareness, sneering hipsterism and the semi-highly-literate nature that keeps me reading the Stranger even though I've moved to a different state.

Posted by rococo | October 15, 2008 5:29 PM

Bethany Jean Clement is a goddess.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 15, 2008 5:34 PM

The real problem with The Stranger, in my humble opinion, is that there isn't enough random bolding of words. What the hell is the matter with you people anyway? Are the long-running rumors about you all being a bunch of pot-addled incompetents true?

Get with the program, Stranger-niks!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 15, 2008 5:45 PM

Not all random bolding -- supposedly random -- is equal.

When you randomly bold most of the Stranger, you get nothing. "Randomly" (or is it?) bold Bar Exam, and you get poetry.

Posted by elenchos | October 15, 2008 5:49 PM

+25 bolding points for proper usage of the epithet "TWAT WAFFLE".

Posted by kid icarus | October 15, 2008 5:51 PM

I always thought random bolding was the best part of Rex Morgan, M.D.

Posted by Ben | October 15, 2008 5:52 PM

Actually, I'm on the attractive young man's side. I mean, really, what do you have against italics?

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | October 15, 2008 5:53 PM

It's funny when does it.

Posted by Dougsf | October 15, 2008 5:54 PM

I like bolded bits. I imagine the author to be raising his or her voice at those parts. I imagine Lindy West banging the table with her fist. I think they're funny.

Posted by Ariel | October 15, 2008 5:56 PM

Bolding works well for the names of people, and perhaps places and events, but other than that, not so much.

Posted by nightlifejitters | October 15, 2008 6:00 PM

Alas, the creativity displayed in the epithet "twat waffle" does not outweigh its offensiveness.

Posted by greendyke | October 15, 2008 6:46 PM

Ugh. Our academic adviser for my high school newspaper insisted that we use bolded highlights--it was written into our official stylebook.

So when you're using random boldfaced highlights, that's the level of sophistication you're working at--That of a crappy high school student newspaper in the Midwest in 1992-1994.

If you're not Rolling Stone magazine, then knock it off.

Posted by Hoyt Clagwell | October 15, 2008 8:10 PM

@ 12
Yes it does.

Posted by blue barberpole | October 15, 2008 9:14 PM

Add random Capitalization of nouns.

Posted by tomasyalba | October 15, 2008 9:16 PM

"Fortune favors the bold." - Virgil

Posted by Rob Lightner | October 15, 2008 9:40 PM

Alright...let's have young Kavan Phalon step forward & show himself.

We can decide if he is attractive or even hot.

Posted by blackhook | October 16, 2008 12:10 AM

I'm in the habit of referring to this bolding pattern as Slogbolding when I encounter its use in other publications/blogs. As in, "He wrote a really rambling essay and then tried to enforce non-existent coherency by adding Slogbolding."

As a non-Seattle reader of the Slog but not the Stranger, this accounts for my not calling it simply Strangerbolding. What do you editors call it?

Posted by Christin | October 16, 2008 6:29 AM

I've always hated the redundant bolding, but never took the time to write in. It's stupid. You make us all look and feel like stupid children. Please stop doing it.

Posted by Matthew | October 16, 2008 6:53 AM

"people bedded down in run-down campers under part of the West Seattle Bridge, a community in the shadows with grit sifting down on it”

Hm. Maybe if y'all hadn't been so busy pissing with the bold tags, you'd have noticed the missing comma, and the place where "on" was incorrectly used in place of "upon".

Posted by A Non Imus | October 16, 2008 9:28 AM

maybe you could make some sort of secret code or puzzle out of all the bold text--the election issue bold text could be a puzzle invitation to a secret party or cult meeting...

that way, you might actually have to use your brains a little bit, and the rest of us wouldn't be so bored stupid.

Posted by brian | October 16, 2008 10:30 AM

It's kind of like throwing up the "quote fingers" all the time. Which I only do when I'm on my way to being wasted. So, you be the judge.

Posted by Nay | October 16, 2008 11:14 AM

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