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It says on the page that Homsar's "50 Cent" quote was previously mentioned on the [[Email]] contact page. But on the Email contact page, it said "Fitty Cent". {{User:That'sBupkis/sig}} 21:00, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
It says on the page that Homsar's "50 Cent" quote was previously mentioned on the [[Email]] contact page. But on the Email contact page, it said "Fitty Cent". {{User:That'sBupkis/sig}} 21:00, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
:"Fitty Cent" is a common way of pronouncing artist 50 Cent's name. --[[User:DorianGray|DorianGray]] 21:02, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
:"Fitty Cent" is a common way of pronouncing artist 50 Cent's name. --[[User:DorianGray|DorianGray]] 21:02, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
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Could someone mention on this article that this is the only old game to have a Back button linking to the [[Handheld Games Menu]] instead of the [[Scrolling Shooter Games Menu]]? {{User:Shine Sprite/sig}} 00:53, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

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Butt's twelve by pies! Note: This game used to have a different name and a different shape. We're aware of that. Due to circumstances outside our control, we're not going into further detail at this time. Until we are able to discuss it further, please do not ask about it or worry about it too much. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

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Fan music video

Does anyone know where I can find that fan music video for Strong Sad's line? I always liked it. --VolatileChemical 04:20, 1 May 2005 (UTC)

I know where you can find it. It's called "Strong Bad Rocks Out" by The Skate Party. You can listen to it (or download it) using a link on my forum. Here's the URL: [1] Enjoy! —THE PAPER PREEEOW 14:43, 25 May 2005 (UTC)
Or go here- http://newgrounds.com/portal/view/187036. Ookelaylay 20:59, 12 Aug 2005 (UTC)

The tab

the tab has 3-type-D animation, ie, when you pull it, it comes up horizontal, when its at rest its at a diagonal angle. csours 09:07, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

Is That A Cold One?

i always thought that the "dink" heard during strong bads say was a cold one bottle cap coming off. and i still think it is. should i put this up in stuff? -Image:Homsar-in-motion.gifHomsar7(Hom · Sar)Image:Homsar-in-motion.gif

I think it's pretty hard to say what it is, as there's no visual to match it to. Anything at all is pretty much speculation. --DorianGray

Name Change

This game is now called "Who said what?" I think it's because of the copyright issue thing. - link_icon.gifThe Joe(Talk) 21:42, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

Noted and moved. Thanks for the update! --DorianGray 21:44, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
Is it worth noting somewhere in the article the reason for the name change? — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 00:21, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
Doubtful. That's not really part of the encyclopedic significance. — Lapper (talk) 00:24, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
I think it's an important part of the game's history. But we should wait how everything turns out before we add it. Loafing 00:29, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
Yeah. When did it change? Boy, this is getting to be an interesting week. --Jnelson09 22:40, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
Um, why won't we note the name change? If we aren't sure of the reason why the name was changed, we don't have to jump to conclusions, we could just say something like "This game's title was '(crud, I forgot the original title!)' when it was first released. It was changed to 'Who Said What Now?' in early 2007." And moreover, why is the page protected now? — SamSF%20sig.jpgFisher (Come in, Lambert.) 17:27, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
It's highly likely Mattel, who made the toy the old game made fun of, tried to sue them. That's why the page is locked with no mention of the original name. Bad Bad Guy 17:30, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
but why are -we- legally liable for talking about it, and why would THEY be liable for what WE say when there's no affiliation? Companies don't have this kind of control over regular people.

Picture

Now that the game has been changed, is it permissible to put a picture of the new game up? גשמלדרברגן (Geshmalder) 22:04, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

I should think so, yes. --DorianGray 22:11, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

Locked?

Somehow I ended up logged out, and when I noticed this page on RecentChanges, I noticed it was locked. The only explanation given is that it was "at the request of Karen Wagner"... I suppose, looking at the above comments, I might have a guess why it was locked (copyright issues?), but that said, how accurate is my guess? And does it still need to be locked? --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 23:49, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

Also, the image was removed per KW (according to the history) and now has been restored. a) are we allowed to do this and b) can someone please explain what's going on? --Stux 05:07, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
Well, it's a new image. Different image. But I should probably check first... *sweatdrop* I've commented it out for now, until I get an okay... --DorianGray 05:13, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Is it still appropriate for this page to be locked?BryanCTC 16:06, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

It probably doesn't need to be locked for too much longer, but we're trying to tread through this issue carefully, so hold on a little longer... Trey56 16:19, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Is there a particular reason long-time members are locked as well? I've seen quite a few Wikipedia pages, such as Wikipedia:High School Musical, which were locked only to nonmembers and newbies. If we can lock it for those people only I have an idea for a picture to use in the template. (I know this should go in its own talk page but I didn't know what to call the template) Bad Bad Guy 03:27, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

We don't need a semi-protected template, thanks. — It's dot com 03:32, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

i need to add a "view the old version" link (to spin and say) User:slipknot6477

No, we're not going to do that. — It's dot com 23:17, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

why not?

For reasons that are already listed on this page in various threads. — It's dot com 23:26, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
In other words, legal reasons not to be discussed at the current time. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 23:28, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

Since this is locked could someone with the privileges replace the External Links section with this standardized code?

*[[HR:whosaidwhat.html|play the game]]
*[[HR:whosaidwhat.swf|play game (Flash file)]]

Please and Thanks. --71.157.173.166 22:11, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

Done and done. You're welcome. --DorianGray 22:17, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

Request for article link change

The line The game is a parody of Mattel's "See 'n Say." should, I think, instead of linking to Mattel's wiki entry, should more appropriately link to the See 'n Say page. --Stux 11:41, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Done. --phlip TC 12:17, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
Cool, thanks! Also, I don't mean to be knit picker, but I was hoping that the Mattel link would go away or look a bit better, since having the word be half link/half text doesn't look as pleasing as if it looked like: Mattel's. --Stux 05:24, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
That is odd. Isn't the appended bit normally swallowed into the link, or is that only for inside links? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 10:06, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
Mine swallows both internal and external links, except any with an "'s". Then it just goes Blue Words Here's. Dunno why. *shrugs* --DorianGray 18:42, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
My guess is that extra characters are automatically apparended to the link when they are only letters. My guess is that the apostrophe breaks that "autolink". I personally don't like that feature and opt to link it myself. --Stux 03:11, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
But don't. The link is to the noun, not the possessive, and shouldn't be linked as though it were. Also, we should avoid piped links when possible. — It's dot com 00:10, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
True. The link is a noun and not the possessive, but it just looks soooo much prettier! Lol. And we rename things all the time! Oh is that what you mean by avoiding piped links when possible? But I like piped links! They're my frieeend! ... *awkward silence* Right. Anyway, I just think form over function might be a nice idea in this very... isolated... case. Yeah. Isolated. --Stux 02:22, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Add some links

Would it be appropiate to add links to the original version? I couldn't add them myself because the edit buttons appear to be hidden.

I don't think we should. --DorianGray 00:23, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
If anything, we should put it on Secret Pages, but only after this page and the other pages involving the toy are unprotected, and the copyright issue is resolved Dr. Clash 00:27, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
I think we should pretend "Sp*n 'N S*y" never existed and it has always been Who Said What?. --DorianGray 00:29, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
I concur. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 00:31, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
NO, DON'T! It would be like saying the Mattel product never existed. You wouldn't want that, would you?

Well, there are places where the forbidden name is used, such as the Third Games Menu and Why Come Only One Girl?. Also the old Handheld Games Menu mirrors. I say that we don't do anything more until we get the Chapmans' ok. - Dr. Clash 00:42, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

That is likely for the best. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:43, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

How can Secret Pages and Astro-Lite 2600 include links to Lite Brite if it is a registered trademark of Hasbro? Bad Bad Guy 15:30, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

That issue hasn't yet surfaced as a problem (and hopefully never will). Trey56 15:59, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Is it possible for us to pretend this game was always this state without creating the impression Kidelectrix predates Videlectrix? Bad Bad Guy 19:59, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Well, you're doing a damn good job of erasing The Game That Apparently Must Not Be Named from history, let me say. I came across this page and thought, "Ah, it's been changed", but then found no reference to [that game]. I know how obsessive you fanboys are at documenting every little thing about Homestar Runner, so I frantically searched for any reference at all to [that game] on the wiki, but found none, and thought to myself, "Have I gone mad? Did I just imagine [that game]? Why on earth isn't there a reference to it?" Nothing made sense until I found this talk page, from which the situation can be inferred.

Pandering to the dictates of the Chaps aside, I don't see why there shouldn't be a reference to it on this site. It isn't affiliated to homestarrunner.com, so there can't be any ramifications, can there? Well, there's my bit. Thanks for causing so much confusion. --84.67.250.92 22:16, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Hey, no problem. Unfortunately, it's not going to change anytime soon, at least not until the dust finally settles. You may think we're pandering fanboys—and that's fine, you can think that if you want—but really we're being respectful of them and their request. Also, I think it shows poor discretion if one's bottom line in making decisions is "Meh, what's the worst that can happen?". In cases like that, it's almost always better not to find out. — It's dot com 22:58, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
Wait, why is this an issue? Is it because of the copyright on the original errm... thing by mattel? I got lost. Suddenly everyone's acting like we need to clean up after a murder. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 23:07, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
The nature of the issue is such that we won't be discussing it at present; however, in due time we will explain the full reasoning behind everything. I know it's frustrating, but we are asking for your patience for a while longer. Thanks for your cooperation. — It's dot com 23:49, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
I understand. When a legal issue comes up like this, the best thing to do is exactly what you and all the other sysops and admins are doing. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 03:44, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
If I may chip in my thoughts on this, to avoid confusion (i.e. the aformentioned "Kidelectrix predates Videlectrix!?!" thing), whenever it is deemed we can edit this again, we could simply say "This game is an edited version of an older game, with Homsar's quote and the Kidelectrix name added" or something--we can be ambiguous and not say anything about the older game's content, just say that this one is a new version of an older game. Evan 00:05, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
Here's my two cents: Evan's plan is a good one for now, but in the future, should there ever be a resolution, we can give a full explanation as to what happened to the (BLEEEEEEEEP). --Jnelson09 04:17, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
Are you referring to something like, "Homsar's quote and the Kidelectrix label were added later," because that sounds good to me. Bad Bad Guy 21:47, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
Maybe we could also treat the Kidelectrix label the way we treat the changes of the secret phrases from Homestar Talker and the music from Dancin' Bubs. Bad Bad Guy 17:09, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

About a Fun Fact

I don't like the word "parody". Please change the text "This game is a parody of Mattel's See 'n' Say" to something else. Thank you. Remember: YOU made me hate this word. — 76.184.188.124 (Talk | contribs) 17:32, 8 March 2007 (UTC) (left unsigned)

Look for a second at the definition of the word, the relevant part of which I will highlight here: "An artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of another work for comic effect." That is exactly what this game is. But never mind that. TBC, via their representative, specifically asked us to use that word. It stays. — It's dot com 18:00, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

They're s'posed to what?

Where can I find out more about the copyright issue? Did Mattel try to sue them or something? Bad Bad Guy 23:40, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

We don't know. All we know is this was always "Who Said What", and the rest doesn't need to be elaborated on. --TotalSpaceshipGirl3 23:59, 14 March 2007 (UTC)
I don't know if we can pull that off since the original name is still used in Secret Pages and Old Flash Stuff. Bad Bad Guy 22:03, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Homsar

Hey, Homsar has a line but it's not translated to text!

HOMSAR:AaAaAh, My cheese is 50 cent!

-Ben from the fanstuff wiki

You can just put it on the page you know :) This must be an addition to the original because I've noticed that all of the timings for the subtitles are out of sync now.BryanCTC 23:45, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
Nevermind, I didn't realize the page was locked from editing.BryanCTC 23:54, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
An administrator will need to add this.BryanCTC 02:07, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

why is it quieter? Slipknot6477 16:59, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

I don't think it's quieter. It sounds different because it was added later. By the time TBC added his line, what they recorded had a better sound quality than the other buttons. Homestar-Winner (talk) 17:08, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Just something I'd thought I'd say, the cowbell at the end of Strong Bad's line is muted.

Stuff To Add

The first one would fit better on Handheld Games Menu than on this page, I think. As for the second one, we usually don't link characters' speech in transcripts. I tried figuring out a different way to work it in, but nothing came to me. Any suggestions? Trey56 05:53, 28 April 2007 (UTC)
I'd say add is as a fun fact:
Feel free to reword to make it sound better. --Stux 13:17, 28 April 2007 (UTC)
I think that sounds prooty grood — I added it. Trey56 15:55, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
Another thing to mention is that Homestar doesn't have a mouth on his picture. I'm still cheesed off that this page is protected in the first place (I'm not going to ask why). Can we just ban it from annonies? Or is it that bad? --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 00:55, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Please see [2]. Sorry about this, and thanks for understanding. Loafing 00:58, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Should headers for Remarks, Inside References, Real-World References, and Fast Forward be added? Everything Else, Volume 2 has less Fun Facts but still uses headers. Bad Bad Guy 17:17, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

Here's some facts I couldn't find on the page:

If you guys don't find those facts notable or headers necessary at least tell me why. Bad Bad Guy 02:55, 7 September 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, I think your suggestions were merely overlooked, not purposefully ignored. I thought they were good ideas, and I added them. Best, Trey56 05:26, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

Noticed something. The page says: Coach Z's "more than 2 problems" are later referenced on Main Page 11. Let's get "prablems" misspelled the way it should be (as in the transcript), shall we? OptimisticFool 22:05, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Like I've said below a while ago, should we mention that this is the only old game to link to the old games menu instead of the current one? Homestar-Winner (talk) 21:34, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

New Fun Fact

I noticed that the characters on the buttons resemble the character designs from the back page of the FAQ. Just puttin' this up here, in case you want to STUFF it. 76.184.199.4 02:07, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

What part of the FAQ? Homestar-Winner (talk) 02:12, 12 May 2007 (UTC)
Oh, you mean the static characters on the last page — they're very close, but I can find subtle differences in all of them except Pom Pom... Trey56 03:59, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

For kids?

Anyone else notice that Homsar's picture in this resembles the one used in For Kids in Whaddaya Know, Haddi-Man?'s theme song? -Free Bagels 01:20, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Fact/Goof

Is it a fact or a goof that the narrator refers to every character with a "the" infront of their name except for The Cheat? It should be "the The Cheat says..." -JamesDean 19:35, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

you forgot the KOT and the poopsmith, both of whom have integral articles. not a goof or a relevant fact. — Defender1031*Talk 19:40, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
The King and Poopsmith are not always integral like The Cheat is, though. --DorianGray 19:43, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
still, they are mostly, as evidenced by their page names The King of Town and The Poopsmith. Ergo, still not relevant. — Defender1031*Talk 19:47, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
If this toon were created today, then it might be different, but it was from way back when they hadn't firmed up the whole integral article thing. As such, it's not really that notable. — It's dot com 20:03, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Homsar's line

Would it, erm, hurt if we could at least say "Assumably, Homsar's line was recorded later than the rest, hence the difference in sound quality" or something? It looks kind of silly as it is. D: Evan 23:57, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

I think it's fine as it is. It's not silly at all. Loafing 00:06, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
I realize and understand the circumstances of the situation, but I do think the article needs to mention that Homsar and "Kidelectrix" are later additions to the game. I don't think doing so would be a big deal. -- 139.78.10.40 23:53, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

The old game

Wow, since when was this changed? I think it used to be a Spin 'n Say, because that redirects here. Where you pulled a string and the quotes cycled through 11 different guys. 75.46.60.77 17:20, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

The name changed a little over four months ago, and then the game itself was updated about two months ago, because of the work of outside forces. — It's dot com 21:29, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

Yeah. M*ttel got The Brothers Chaps to change it because they felt their copyrights were being skimped. (M*ttel manufactures Sp*n 'n S*y, ya know.) 71.231.56.40 21:53, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

None of that is a secret; we are just choosing not to discuss the details at present. — It's dot com 21:59, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

um... who said what nows article is crazy and we need to get the spin and say/who said what now thing finished. most of its discussion is with secret pages. we got to get this settled in a pole home. slipknot6477|slipknot6477

We have finished the page and the only problems are people who continue to bring it up. I'm not sure what you mean by "pole home", but there is no need to continue discussion about the previous happenings of Who Said What Now?. --TotalSpaceshipGirl3 15:56, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
I think all the hush hush secrecy is a little bit confusing and unnecessary. If a representative of TBC asked us to not mention the old version of this game, can't we at least say that much on the main article? Otherwise it's confusing and makes people ask about it on here, which we're appearantly trying to avoid. Just put: "Due to a request by Karen Wagner (or whoever it was), details about the original version of Who Said What Now? have been intentionally omitted."--.Johnny Jupiter! talk cont 03:34, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

Old Games

Is it notable that this game's back button links to the old games menu unlike the other old games, which link to the new games menu? And if so, could some sysop add it? Homestar-Winner (talk) 22:47, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

Current Status

Did anyone try emailing Karen Wagner to see if it is safe to unlock this page and Why Come Only One Girl? Bad Bad Guy 22:27, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Yes. I received a response telling us that she would talk it over with the Chaps and get back to us. — It's dot com 03:59, 1 October 2007 (UTC)
Any news yet? Did you e-mail again? - furrykef (Talk at me) 06:59, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Circumstances outside our control?

Can you explain that? I can't understand how anything is outside our control, since we aren't affiliated with the site or its creators, nor with Mattel. We can do as we please.

Sure, we can do as we please. And it pleases us to support the creators of our favourite online cartoon. A no-brainer, if you will. Because we can, not because it's outside our control. The circumstances are outside our control. Loafing 03:43, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

In My Experience

A lot of users seem very confused by the changes in this toon and their effect on the wiki. Let me see if I can help. PLEASE NOTE: I am not an administrator of this site, and I am not informed on any private communications from Harmless Junk. I'm just relating my personal experience, and you can draw whatever connections you think are appropriate. It's probably unproductive to try to find out exactly how solid those connections are.

I used to work for a software company that published large clip art collections. The collections were so large, and the sources so varied (and many overseas) that it was inevitable that now and then something would creep in that infringed on somebody else's rights. A little education: This was almost always a trademark infringement, not a copyright infringement. They are two very different things which you can research on your own time. Possibly relevant here is that trademarks are much more nebulous, and determining trademark infringement can often be very subjective and depend on what a judge had for breakfast.

When this happened, and it bothered the owner of a trademark, we would usually get a "cease and desist" letter asking nicely if we could either remove or alter the offending images. Part of my job was keeping track of who had contacted us, the details of what they thought infringed, and what images probably bothered them. That second part could be very, very nitpicky, such as Carnival Cruises claiming that putting little "wings" on the sides of a ship's smokestack infringed on their marks, or Dairy Queen claiming that a soft serve cone became a trademark Dairy Queen cone the moment the ice cream had a curl at the top. (And don't get me started on the Red Cross.)

Always, to my knowledge, these issues were resolved after one or two letters from the owner and some annoying editing work on our part. Never litigation. However, the threat was always there. If we missed a few generic cars that looked a little too much like Beetles in our many thousands of car images, and Volkswagen felt like being jerks about it, they could easily have dragged us into court and gotten a nice chunk of damages out of our revenue.

If a proceeding like that took place, the plaintiffs would be able to subpoena any of our internal documents and records that they could convince a judge were at all pertinent to the suit. My emails to my supervisor, for example. Of course, if there were documents outside our company that were also pertinent, they could subpoena those too. Like if some fan website had user posts pointing out that "Car 236 looks just like a '63 Beetle convertible!" Due to the very nature of trademarks, that's actually a particularly damning piece of evidence, because it proves that at least one member of the consuming public associated the non-Volkswagen-created image with Volkswagen. Unlike copyrights, perception is often more important than intent in determining trademark infringement, which is what makes it so scary. Get enough of that to indicate consensus, and you've basically lost any possibility of arguing that there's no infringement.

For these reasons, the company lawyer was a paranoid ogre about what we could and could not say in writing about these issues. If I had to email someone to discuss a specific complaint or possible infringement, I had to use codewords. ("Do you think the fenders on that, um, banana are too round?") When you're a defendant, less paper trail is always better. No matter how innocent you may think it is. You don't want the plaintiff to have anything they can hold up and say, "Here's the proof they knew there was a specific problem, and yet here it still is in their next release."

Hope that helps anyone understand anything. I can tell you I found it confusing and irritating until I got used to it myself.

--TheNicestGuy 19:53, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

With all that in mind, it really makes me wonder why HRWiki insists on hosting the old round-fendered banana menu which actually has the trademarked phrase spelled out right in it. Without leaving any paper trail, I'll just say: I'm looking right at the offending text in a Flash file hosted on hrwiki.org right now. Someone took the trouble to prevent that menu from continuing to link to the copy of the offending Handheld Game which inexplicably still lives on www.homestarrunner.com, but, that wasa half-measure at best. Naturally, hrwiki has no control over what www.homestarrunner.com still has "hidden" on their webhost. But hrwiki.org is making an awful lot of noise that sounds like "We can NOT say any of that!" while serving the exact thing that everybody says can't be said. 198.49.180.40 00:01, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
The old name is not a secret. It's Spin 'n Say. It's mentioned several times on this page. The old Flash file reflects the fact that the game used to have a different name. Big deal. We don't point to the old file of the game, nor do we give instructions on how to find it; thus, it's concealed from the general public enough not to worry about, even if technically it can be found if one knows exactly where to look. — It's dot com 01:23, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
Right. Another point to keep in mind about trademarks is that the watchdogs in the big corporate legal departments bark a lot, but actual bites are not as common. The barking is due to another little quirk of trademark law, which is that you can actually lose the exclusive right to your trademark—even a registered one—by not using it or not defending it against infringement. A trademark isn't the sort of thing you either have or you don't. It can be strong or weak, and have varying amounts of influence beyond its typical market, depending mostly upon how well-recognized and well-associated it is. Ignoring misuses of your trademark can lead to it being "watered down". Any marketing exec will tell you that strong brand recognition is one of the most important factors in commercial success, so this is why owners of brand names that are under constant threat of being "genericized", like Kleenex and Band-Aid, go so far as to take out ads in writers' trade magazines, educating the readers that these are in fact registered trademarks and not words to be thrown around willy-nilly, thank you very much.
So C & D letters are a dime a dozen. You'd be a fool to ignore one, but unless your infringement is truly egregious, your chances of being sued are slim for a variety of reasons. Lawsuits are outrageously expensive and very unpredictable; most owners won't take that gamble unless there's a lot at stake. A lot more than a silly little web toon, for example. Another reason is that suits against offenders who aren't visibly turning a profit off the infringement have a tendency to backfire in a publicity sense. A good example is the recent suit that Johnson & Johnson filed against the American Red Cross over the use of their logo on first aid kits. Of course it will be hard for J & J not to look like a bad guy in that, but ironically, as I hinted above, the Red Cross was one of the firms that had sent my company letters. (And by far the biggest pain in the twees to comply with. Those freakin' crosses were everywhere!) I hear their C & D factory is rather busy in general.
So to actually attempt to relate this to the matter at hand, I would guess that Mattel has no intention of taking Harmless Junk to court, and no particular interest in actually obliterating the original game. They get to satisfy the motions they have to go through, and do it quietly, if it's just removed from general public view and replaced with a new version with minimal fuss.
--TheNicestGuy 03:31, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
Another thing to note about why this might be any kind of deal re: trademarks: the reason any company will do this over a trademark is because unlike copyrights, a trademark is only as good as the effort you put into defending it. If for some reason, someone else started using that trademarked name and Mattel had taken them to court, they could point to the game here and say "Look, these guys didn't care enough about their trademark to enforce it here, so they have given up rights to claim it," and there's a chance a judge would agree. So, simply to cover their butts as well, Mattel's gotta take care of their own business on this. It's the reason that Kleenex and Xerox make such a fuss about their names becoming genericized, because if they let such things go without challenge they could lose the ability to defend their trademarks against someone making a more serious effort to infringe on their trademark.--Big Dog 06:37, 24 December 2007 (UTC)
Didn't even realized you'd already covered that. That will teach me to skim talk pages.--Big Dog 06:37, 24 December 2007 (UTC)
Here's two counterargument to all of this: Spin n' Say was a parody. Last I checked, parodies have ALWAYS been defended as fair use. Secondly, if I recall, there was an episode of Family Guy which had a parody of the same toy. If they didn't get sued, well, then I'm skeptical about what the intent truly is. You see, Family Guy is produced by a Hollywood company which is much more powerful and has very good (in skill, not as in good guys) lawyers and a large staff, whereas H*R is produced by all of five people and is produced independently, and thus Harmless Junk probably doesn't have very good lawyers. And if the TBC wanted to avoid a trademark suit, they could state "we're not affiliated with Mattel" or something like that so as to not confuse people. If you weren't allowed to talk about something in your creative works that's already been copyrighted or trademarked, it would violate free speech, which in my opinion is a much more important right than copyright. The only lesson we can learn from all this is that the world is run by people with a lot of money and very few morals. --Crazyswordsman 02:47, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Notice

There should be a notice on this page stating that it is protected. 124.181.45.149 07:33, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

First of all, tagging pages for deletion to get people's attention is very bad form, and is frankly obnoxious. secondly, there are many pages on the wiki that are protected, i don't see any reason to have a notice for this one. — Defender1031*Talk 08:30, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

The Luau

Seems that an older version of WSWN is accessible from the tofu-Homestar "main page" at the end of The Luau, in the updates corner. Oversight on TBC's part? Gus 20:55, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

We know. Probably. — It's dot com 20:59, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

Question

Ok, I know that whatever this originally was could land TBC in a lawsuit, I understand that part. What I don't understand is, how does the wiki mentioning it compromise the safety of the main site? Obviously, I'm not well-rehearsed in the areas of copyright and trademark law, but I'd still like to know. DonZabu 06:02, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

This game used to have a different name and a different shape. We're aware of that. Due to circumstances outside our control, we're not going into further detail at this time. Until we are able to discuss it further, please do not ask about it or worry about it too much. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. -- Tom 11:03, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
How very Orwellian :)

I had one of these

I didn't have a homestar runner one! But a farm animal one like "the cow says: mooo." did anyone else have one? --Stong L. Bod 17:03, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

I'm afraid this is a forum discussion, Mr. Bod. --68.94.94.234 17:52, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

Add date please

Please add the date of "June 27, 2001, or earlier" to the page, if you have permissions. --TimMierz 20:58, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Yes, someone please add it. free 17:26, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
I believe that the date is deliberately missing from the article due to circumstances outside the wiki's control. If these circumstances are ever sorted out, we may be able to add it to the article. Don't hold your breath, though. – The Chort 17:34, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
Dad being in the legal process, I know it can take quite a while. free 17:39, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

Not a reference

It says on the page that Homsar's "50 Cent" quote was previously mentioned on the Email contact page. But on the Email contact page, it said "Fitty Cent". That'sBupkis! 21:00, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

"Fitty Cent" is a common way of pronouncing artist 50 Cent's name. --DorianGray 21:02, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Back button

Could someone mention on this article that this is the only old game to have a Back button linking to the Handheld Games Menu instead of the Scrolling Shooter Games Menu? Shine Sprite (complain) 00:53, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

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