Recent Indications of Dangerous Spread of the CAPS infection (involuntus fezhilitus)
The Center for Disease Control has received several indicators that a spread of the CAPS infection is likely. This alert presents the gross symptomology of this disorder as well as several identified vectors of infection.
Those affected by this malady begin to show the affliction in online conversations; advanced cases display their illness as well in general noding and nodeshelling. It has been found that in environments isolated from the general web such as Everything2, this disease can spread like WILDFIR-er, wildfire.
First signs of infection begin with isolated words appearing in all caps. Example: ‘Where are the UNDERPANTS gnomes???’ Further stages of the malady result in more and more of any chat sentence being placed in all caps: YOU JUST TRY THAT FEZZY.
It is believed that the malady reached the wild in two ways. One, ignorant newbies, unaware of the importance of punctuation hygiene, allowed their text to escape while their CAPSLOCK keys were depressed. Second, there appear to have been a couple of early sufferers whose propensity for hanging around in unsanitary environments such as the catbox caused a worsening of their condition and a spread of the disease:
By now, untreated cases have advanced to the point where even sheer gibberish is capitalized:
lawnjart: ELEVENTEEN AND COUNTING.
lawnjart: TWELVITYFIVE THIRDYTEEN FOURDEETEEN
kslawson: UNDERWEAR GNOMES!
Please help us contain this madness before aLL IS LOST! Er. Ahem. Before all chances of CONTAINING the INFECTION are-
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