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Society For Nihilistic Intent And Disruptive Efforts
era group score: 17159
total group score: 37442
total players: 109

Tasks / One Letter Off

Find a sign, poster, advertisement or other publicly-displayed message that would be improved by (physically) changing a single letter. Make the necessary change.

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15 points
Level 1
In the zone of: Society For Nihilistic Intent And Disruptive Efforts
Created by teucer

Terms: lewl, vandalism, doktask

36 completed :: 145 in progress
Interested in collaborating on this: (no one yet!)


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posted by GYØ Ben on August 10th, 2008 2:35 PM

Inspired by this and this.

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posted by teucer on August 10th, 2008 2:38 PM

Indeed it was. But doing it in the real world is more SF0esque.

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posted by Lincøln on August 10th, 2008 5:37 PM

And those inspirations are a bit lame.

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posted by teucer on August 10th, 2008 6:08 PM

They're funny, but they are also a reminder that we can be way more awesome.

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posted by Lincøln on August 10th, 2008 6:52 PM

No, I think they might be TOO awesome.
I wanna see completions that use moxy rather than computer photoshopping skills. I want this task to be done guerilla style. The replacing of the images in those examples is weak. I think the whole meaning should be understood by just changing ONE letter. One letter and nothing else.

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posted by teucer on August 10th, 2008 8:44 PM

They're awesome for different reasons from what we'll do. They involved people having an awful lot more creative control than you're likely to actually get in the real world - so they produced some incredibly funny results we won't likely see duplicated here.

But they're still less awesome in that quintessentially sf0 way than doing a guerilla modification to urban signage. Action in the real world trumps action over the tubes any day.

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posted by Levitating Potato on August 10th, 2008 10:22 PM

You mean it wasn't inspired by this?

Florence, y'all.
posted by Myrna Minx on August 10th, 2008 11:13 PM

oh that's too much. løve it.

on the subject of water towers
posted by Mad Beth on October 4th, 2008 10:49 AM

the town of Agra, Kansas gained a fair amount of notoriety when someone added "VI" to their water tower... this was a couple years ago, and I can't find a picture, but a search for "agra kansas water tower" nets some results. (leave the "viagra" part out unless you want a million spammer sites.)

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posted by Bryce on August 10th, 2008 10:31 PM

The only really funny one was AFK JFK

However, this would be a fun task.

and it's really S.N.I.D.E.

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posted by teucer on August 10th, 2008 11:05 PM

You're right. SNIDE is a better fit.

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posted by SNORLAX on September 25th, 2008 1:12 PM

am i going to get flagged if i change two letters?

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posted by Dax Tran-Caffee on September 25th, 2008 1:19 PM

I will flag you myself. Stick to the letter of the task.

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posted by teucer on September 25th, 2008 7:04 PM

Combinatorically speaking, a second letter allows a great deal more options... and the point of the task is to do a good job despite the minimalist nature of what you can do.

So I figure if you change two letters you'd better make it well more than twice as impressive to compensate.

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posted by Dopey on September 26th, 2008 11:48 AM

or somehow change 2 letters so that only 1 letter is quoted somewhere, "Brilliant SFZero players will find a way to do your London task in Chicago"
anything is possible...if you figure it out.

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posted by Chuffy Minniken on January 3rd, 2011 4:06 PM

...or submit a new task that is 2 letters off...

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posted by Minch on September 25th, 2008 1:44 PM

A lot like this... which I loved.

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posted by Flea on September 26th, 2008 12:40 PM

Task 4!

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posted by Adam on September 28th, 2008 4:38 AM

Bugger King anyone?

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on September 28th, 2008 9:29 AM

I thank you.

Calling MNZeroers
posted by Jennifer Juniper on September 29th, 2008 9:12 AM

I have an idear. A wonderful, awful, B-I-G idear. I know I is a new player & I will gladly prove my guerilla tasking chops first. But oh oh oh I has an idear. Collaborators? How to start a private conversation about this? Yah, 15 points, BFD, but I don't think I care.

As Lincoln said, "I wanna see completions that use moxy rather than computer photoshopping skills. I want this task to be done guerilla style."

Are there Billboard Liberation Fronters among us?

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posted by JJason Recognition on September 30th, 2008 5:25 PM

One way to create a private conversation would be to make a private event. Just make an event and then uncheck the checkbox next to the word "Public." Invite anyone who you want to be a part of it. Seems like a better way to have a conversation than actually within a praxis to me.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 1st, 2008 2:57 PM

You can do the same thing within a team. Set it up so that it's not only invitation-only, but with private discourse as well.

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posted by teucer on October 1st, 2008 3:03 PM

Yeah. Hell, open-enrollment plus private discourse lets you keep people from noticing unless they choose to involve themselves at least long enough to spy; this works pretty well for some teams, such as 0UT, but isn't what most teams need and thus isn't how most are done.

But either way you all then carry a badge indicating involvement in the conversation, which is annoying if you want its existence or membership to be a surprise when unveiled.

Great task... +2
posted by Jagganath on October 14th, 2008 10:03 AM

but how can I top this?

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posted by Kid A on October 14th, 2008 11:59 AM

That is classic.

posted by Dopey on November 17th, 2008 1:33 PM

SF0 >>>> UF0

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posted by Cookie on April 4th, 2012 3:37 AM

The tradition goes far back on this one. Alas Cookie cannot take credit, but he wanted to share it with you all!


view all images for: One Letter Off


this task was a lot of fun. once we started we couldn't stop. there's still plenty more to come, but we've spent enough time on this. done for now. PAGE --> RAGE ONE WAY --> ONE LAY for some reason i had a one way sign lying arou...

15 + 256 points :: 13 comments :: 67 votes :: 4 collaborators
One Letter Off by Anaximander Holywell November 9th, 2008 1:38 PM

What I like about this is that it is almost a hidden message; the person in the cubicle won't be able to see it. It suggests that maybe there's more than one reason why toilets are private space. It is also my first task. So be nice. The doing was s...

15 + 78 points :: 5 comments :: 23 votes
One Letter Off by MonkeyBoy Dan June 17th, 2009 11:04 AM

All is not well in the picturesqe thoroughfare at the heart of Manchester's gay village, Canal Street. To quote the font of all knowledge. "Canal Street's portrayal on several popular television programmes, the opening of a number of chain bars, and ...

15 + 58 points :: 8 comments :: 14 votes
One Letter Off by Morte October 8th, 2008 3:58 PM

When this task went up I spent several days looking at signage and mentally changing letters to see if I could come up with something that both made sense and was amusing. I came up with a good one for a Dental Office, but I couldn't find a reachable...

15 + 54 points :: 9 comments :: 19 votes
One Letter Off by Mr. Hollywood January 13th, 2009 10:04 PM

Awww! LOL. I am not so sure about improving the message! My human minions newly bred sister would hang her if she knew I gave you too many cookies for this, but well done. You made Cookie laugh.

15 + 52 points :: 10 comments :: 14 votes
One Letter Off by Rin Brooker March 6th, 2010 5:15 AM

I did not use this task for good, but for evil. These changes will leave frustration, despair or at least sad confusion in their wake. It's just been that kinda week.

15 + 50 points :: 4 comments :: 14 votes
One Letter Off by Kattapa June 5th, 2011 4:26 PM

Project Hi :) This is the standard German bus stop sign. It is... somewhat boring. This is its new design: And this is how it's done: (had so much fun) The police station should of course not be excluded: And.. after doing quite a lot o...

15 + 45 points :: 7 comments :: 12 votes
One Letter Off by Leah The Red December 10th, 2008 5:55 PM

another victory for the FOEcakes!

15 + 40 points :: 4 comments :: 12 votes
One Letter Off by David MUCØ, Julia February 12th, 2009 12:30 PM

english text below the german one Erste Task für mich (David) und für das Team MUC0! Unser Ziel für diese Task sehe ich schon seit Jahren mindestens einmal in der Woche. Ich wollte es auch schon seit Ewigkeiten so verändern, wie wir es jetzt ge...

15 + 33 points :: 22 comments :: 12 votes :: 2 collaborators

I think the first letter to be dropped was one in the description of the task: "Find A sign"?! Screw that. We equiped ourselves with masking tape, eletric tape, scissors and warm clothes before we headed out on our bikes for some sign-vand...

15 + 33 points :: 11 comments :: 16 votes :: 2 collaborators
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