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In the last image of the privilege description of "access to moderator tools", there is a button named "transmogrify". What does it mean?

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The dictionary entry makes it more confusing:


Transform, esp. in a surprising or magical manner.

In addition to the image on MSO, the SO image seems to have the print and transmogrify text as well.

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This is a joke I suppose? – MDeSchaepmeester Apr 30 '13 at 17:17
Have you tried it? – Kermit Apr 30 '13 at 17:18
Probably a reference to the Transmogrifier. – Martijn Pieters Apr 30 '13 at 17:18
This was a vocabulary word my father made certain I knew at about age 8. No joke; he had a penchant for odd words, and teaching such to his children. – BlackVegetable Apr 30 '13 at 18:37
It's a tool that lets you turn tags into lizards, but it needs to be upside-down to work. If it's right-side-up, then it's a time machine. – Nikola Sep 9 '13 at 0:53
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Oh, my. I really should start disabling my userscripts when taking screenshots. The entry was added by me, and I had the transmogrifier enabled at the time.

That and the print item are like macros that help me, but are not part of the site coding.

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Someone else was confused by your screen shot. You might want to correct it. – psubsee2003 Sep 9 '13 at 0:19
I've untransmogrified the screen picture - – bmike Sep 9 '13 at 0:27
@bmike It still visible at . – Marc-Andre Sep 9 '13 at 16:57
@Marc-Andre It takes some time to sync over. – Manishearth Sep 9 '13 at 16:58
@Manishearth I wasn't aware of that sorry. Thanks for the information. – Marc-Andre Sep 9 '13 at 17:01
I would think 16 hours would be enough time? I don't have edit capabilities on SO so if it doesn't self correct, someone may I've to poke that post as well. – bmike Sep 9 '13 at 17:22
@bmike Not necessarily, it can take weeks, too. The faq syncing isn't fast... Or it wan't fast in the past, at any rate. – Manishearth Sep 9 '13 at 17:31
Take my advice, never screenshot anything on SE unless done in an incognito window :/ – Won't Sep 9 '13 at 17:47
@Won't Ah, you would know :) I generally do look out for what I can't expose before taking a screenshot, however most of my screenshots require me to be logged in so incog doesn't work. – Manishearth Sep 9 '13 at 17:50

Transmogrify is a now defunct userscript for quickly dealing with off-topic Meta questions. The author of the screenshot must have been using it. It automatically cast close and down votes and responded to the post with a Calvin and Hobbes strip, along with a message along the lines of:

I'm so glad you asked me that, but I have no clue how to solve it. Have a Calvin & Hobbes strip instead!

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I loved that userscript :P I believe the print button is also a userscript... – Lix Apr 30 '13 at 17:27
Yup. As seen in revision 19 of the privilege page, Manishearth was the one who added the screenshot. – Antony Apr 30 '13 at 17:28

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