Painting The Medium / SCP Foundation

The "Meta" SCPs directly or indirectly influence the format or content of their documentation, with their articles being an Interface Screw, Unconventional Formatting, or a combination of them with the In-Universe explanation being that the SCP is affecting the manner in which people see or refer to them. If the article is well-received, expect the comments page to play along:
  • Many articles on the site, regardless of getting the Meta tag or not note , involve playing around with the usual site format, including things like animated images, hiding animated images in what appear to be static images, web scripting, having multiple versions of a page, tiny text, white text, using non-standard terminology in their articles, broken source code or using the source code to hide messages.
  • SCP-000 isn't even an SCP, it's just a glitch. Nope. If you highlight the entire page, you'll realize that the glitch is caused by something...
  • SCP-001 ("When Day Breaks"), instead of being written as a normal article with some Unconventional Formatting, is told as a story from the perspective of the last person on earth that hasn't succumbed to SCP-001's effects.
  • SCP-048 isn't an SCP, but the lack of an SCP in that number slot, because multiple attempts at writing an article for 048 failed.
  • SCP-055 isn't described in its article, because it can't be described or remembered.
  • SCP-233 averts listing a certain number given the object reacts badly to things such as [REDACTED]mm ammo, [REDACTED]-volt batteries, or baseball games that enter the [REDACTED]th inning.
  • SCP-245 cannot be described outside the context of a video game, and so the article has a downloadable game that the reader has to play through in order to see the description. SCP-245 appears as a character in the game.
  • I am a toaster which can only be referred to in the first person.
  • SCP-586 is a green pipe which causes anyone writhing about it to make at least one spelling mistake per sentence.note 
  • SCP-732 is an obnoxious entity which inhabits the Foundation's database and adds Stylistic Suck commentary to database entries.
  • SCP-931
    It's a rice bowl which,
    only by using haiku
    you can refer to.
  • SCP-1059 causes its victims to excessively redact things, with an example of itself as an addendum.
  • SCP-1159 is a wind harp which cannot be written about. Any attempt to write about the harp (or record any kind of non-verbal information, like photographs) will cause an accident or disaster which will prevent it from being written. This forces the Foundation to keep their documents on it in audio form.
  • SCP-1496 is a plate and set of utensils which not only causes anyone describing them (and anything placed on the plate) to do so in the style of a restaurant/food review, but also causes any written description to randomly switch back and forth between one which praises the SCP to the high heavens and a second one which says it's the worst dreck that ever existed. Any time the article is loaded or reloaded from the SCP wiki you have a 50% chance of getting one of two different versions of the article.
  • SCP-1665 is a Crossword Puzzle which transforms any written document about it into another crossword puzzle.
  • SPC-1764 (which is referred to as such in the notes) alters any documentation about it into the style of a "Supernatural Phenomenon Casefile" of the "Deviant Artifacts Research Division of the Unified Empire". Given the Foundation's previous encounters with Alternate Universes they're prepared if things go beyond re-editing documents:
    It is the conclusion of the DARD that Esoteric Warfare specialists prepare emergency response procedures in the case of a possible escalation by the alternative universe into our own, including the authorized use of Th-mól Level Esoterica: a "Scorched Earth" policy ensuring mutual destruction of our two universes should an intrusion occur.
  • SCP-1839 is a book that makes the reader think they are a fish. The documentation, like any attempt to describe the book, carries a lesser effect by simply trying to convince you of the fact that you are a fish. It's still classified as a Safe object, since whoever reads about it is most likely a fish, such as yourself.
  • SCP-1893 is an entity which will transform any digital document referring to it into a prose-style fictional narrative. Even it's not without its scariness. The discussion of the phenomenon makes up all dialogue, and it can't edit what is said.note  Keep this in mind when you learn that the story also protects itself, and when the writer gets to the point about a manner of stopping the phenomenon, the character is not able to get any information out, often by being Killed Mid-Sentence. Did it Retcon some horrible fate in reality to the researcher who would reveal a means of destroying it? Also, whatever bad thing is happening in the story gets worse when the line stating that its sentience is unknown is reached. You really have to read all (currently five) iterations of the story to fully appreciate it.
  • SCP-2413. If you open the page and wait for about ninety seconds, the audio hazard described within the document will begin speaking to you and critique the SCP it's in. The supplement also does this.
  • SCP-2439 is an SCP that only the D-Class are aware of, and the "document" is scratched on a wall in the containment chamber of an SCP the researchers aren't interested in any longer. It still follows the Item #, Object Class, Containment Procedures and Description, but doesn't fully follow the formatting.
  • SCP-2505 takes the form of an Entry Creation Wizard, making it seem as though you need to write it yourself. But enter some text, and it turns out it literally writes itself; it's presented the way it is because any information about it in any format deletes itself after 7.4 seconds, and therefore would always appears as a fresh new article after those 7.4 seconds.
  • SCP-2521 is a monster that steals anything which uses words to express information about itself, including kidnapping any humans speaking about it. As it can't understand pictorial information the entire document has to be written in pictograms.
  • Allison Eckhart: Throughout the article, Allison Eckhart is continually referred to as Allison Eckhart.
  • Former library SCP-2602, which used to be a library, compels anyone talking or writing about it repeatedly claim it was formerly a library. Furthermore, it used to be a library.
  • This one, the article Di Molte Voci, the object replaces the description with quotes from discussions that went into it. It also randomizes some data assigned to it, so the Foundation calls it Di Molte Voci (Italian for "out of many voices") instead of a numeral designation.- Troper
  • SCCP-2930 causes causes the doubling of most words starting with "c c" in digital documents containing containing quotes from meetings at Cross City City City City Hall.
  • SCP-2998 is an epic interface screw involving multiple versions of the article as well as playing with the source code to add hidden messages and links.
  • SCP-2999 isn't a Meta hazard, but if you take the Schmuck Bait of clicking to enlarge the main image, it links you to a supposed .jpg file. By using .jpg as part of the filename, it hides the fact the image is actually an animated .gif, creating a Jump Scare along with exposing more of the anomaly.
  • SCP-3999 is a document that is constantly being revised, edited, added to, cropped, messed with, etc. It turns out that the source of this is a Reality Warper who is using the article to force Talloran to undergo eternal suffering for eternity. The article itself also contains heavy symbolism towards writing and the author. The note from the author himself makes it clear - it's one giant metaphor for an idea that you keep coming back to, but can never finish. He originally planned to make several other SCPs that he couldn't perfect, and never did, but Talloran was always at the center of them. So after Talloran kills him in a dream, he takes Talloran and his struggles, and combines them to create SCP-3999.
  • Some of the joke articles as well, such as the rock that makes you procrastinate and the squirrel that causes you to keep talking when you're near it.


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