What's the SCP about "Does the Black Moon Howl?" and the meaning of certain responses? I think it was a doctor of some kind diagnosing something?

It's not SCP-4002, since that just establishes that the responses exist and mean something. And its backlinks aren't shedding any light.

When activated, the trigger will cause the subject to utter a vocalization related to the nature of any present anomalies affecting them.


And it's not https://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-3773, although that does have:

Dr. Pike: It never stopped the sun from smiling.

Dr. West: Cognitohazard still present. According to Dr. Breaker, that response is consistent with a cognitohazard originating from Egypt, last seen in—

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    Also asked about on the SCP forums: scp-wiki.wikidot.com/forum/t-5468586/does-the-black-moon-howl
    – Buzz
    Sep 14, 2021 at 23:09
  • I think the best answer to what the Black Moon phrase means is that it depends. The Foundation has no established canon and likes to keep it that way, so what the phrase really means differs depending on who writes the story. When Drakerunner came up with the Phrase for SCP-256 however it seems to be used as a security question for passwords. Sep 15, 2021 at 14:08

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Aha! SCP-5236!

It's in the INQ-5236 section! For example:

E5-2: Senior Researcher Corbett's negative reply to the black moon indicates falsehood and deception. Poetic analysis suggests a deliberate lie on Corbett's part, with knowledge of wrongdoing.

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