Secret Code in Straight Dope Archives

I was going through the SD Archives when I noticed something strange. On the bottom of every page, there is a square, and when you highlight the square, you see a 6 letter code before the square. Here’s the codes that I got so far…


Don’t believe me? Well, check it out here, here, here, and here. Click on any of the topics, then check out the bottom of the page and see for yourself.

Anyone else know about this?

Do we kill him or bribe him?

Been eating them olives again, Louie? :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

There is a very simple explanation.


Well, I’m not in the know, but they pretty clearly seem to be categories. Perhaps they are planning to use that to facilitate a search/browse by category function.

sdwild = topic deals with animals

sdcons = Contestant #3 posts

Contestant #3

They use the same technique at so they don’t spiol the movie for people who haven’t seen SW1 yet. kinda kewl.

sdorgi: so THATS what moderators do.
sdmyst: first time I played that I thought my computer was busted nothing would happen.

sdlang: KD’s sister

sdorgi - where we all meet on Friday after work to… well you get the idea

To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion.


It’s from the Illuminatus books. It is supposedly written within things but we’ve all been trained not to see it (or something close to that).