I have seen this pattern many times: the content is hidden with a semitransparent superposition that provides a sense of continuity. The content under this semi-transparency layer is displayed after some type of user interaction (a read more button, a register button or even just scrolling)

I would like to know what this pattern is called, and if it is effective or not

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  • I call it obnoxious because the only time I hit it is when I'm following a headline from Google News, and it inevitably haopens on pay-for-access sites. Commented Oct 29, 2017 at 15:49

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I've seen this referred to as an Article teaser.

This seems somewhat related to progressive disclosure (which I know you're familiar with), except that complex functionality isn't being hidden, but content itself.

This can also be related to and can work with the Inverted pyramid of journalism:

This style is also referred to as BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front)

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  • It saves reading burden by reducing the amount of text to get the gist of an article
  • It allows more room for other content
  • It may allow for tracking the effectiveness of writing by tracking how many users engage with the full article

I don't know of any hard research as for its effectiveness. If anyone knows, please post.

I'm interested to know if there's any sense of anticipation or reward that users feel from this interaction to get more granular information.

  • well, I don't know if this is the correct answer, so will wait a bit, but this is a really great answer as usual, really interesting stuff I didn't even heard about!
    – Devin
    Commented Oct 28, 2017 at 22:06

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