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This thread was archived on 26 March 2011 by Liquidhelium.

Well, April Fools' is under three months away. At this time last year, people started bustling off to plan the event. For those interested, the previous discussion is at Forum:April Fools Joke, with the earliest archived portion at Forum:April Fools Joke/archive.

Obviously, planning on the Yew Grove doesn't work that well. So, for this year's joke, I'd like to propose that we let the events team plan it. Technically, it's not an event, but I think they can do a good job with this. I really don't want to get into another messy Yew Grove discussion with too many chiefs and not enough Indians. It just degenerates into a chaotic cacophony of voices where no one listens to anyone else.

Beyond that, I'd like to request that individual users be allowed to make their own jokes, and to stretch wiki policies a little, as long as they are within reason. That means that it has no adverse affect on the larger wiki, and its purpose is purely to have a little joke. For example, last year's signature switching was technically in violation of RS:SIG, but it was for a joke, so who cares?

So, here's a summary.

  • Proposal 1: Let Events Team plan April Fools' Joke.
  • Proposal 2: Let users bend the rules slightly on that day.

--LiquidTalk 03:16, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Discussion[edit source]

Support both - --LiquidTalk 03:16, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Support 2, Neutral 1 - It'll be fun :3 But surely more then just the event team could come up with something :P svco4bY.png3Gf5N2F.png 03:18, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Comment - Will they be planning the Wiki-side joke? I don't think we should deny our editors the chance to express their creative ideas to temporarily screw up the wiki. 222 talk 03:20, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, but you know how these discussions go. Everyone is shouting, no one listens. Besides that, last year's joke had a hitch that Stelercus doesn't like me to mention (well, at least he didn't like me talking about it the day after it happened). You can ask him to recount the experience if you like. --LiquidTalk 03:22, January 19, 2011 (UTC)
Ok then, Support 2, Oppose 1. I am sure we can will ourselves not to do a repeat of last year, we've managed it before. 222 talk 03:23, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Unrelated comment - Aww, I'm getting nostalgic reading over the earliest portions of last year's thread. So many older users, now retired. Frown Telos, Oli, Chicken, Frede, and countless others. And I see that I still didn't have my signature then, so my comment has the default signature. Not that my templated signature is much different. Lol --LiquidTalk 03:25, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

And I see that I somehow managed to give Gareth an edit conflict despite our comments being 26 minutes apart. I'll have to hunt him down one of these days and ask him about it. --LiquidTalk 03:27, January 19, 2011 (UTC)
Possibly related medical advice - Step away slowly... Wink 222 talk 03:45, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Comment - As long as the colours aren't touched this year, I'm fine with this (Sorry Steler). Ryan PM 03:50, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Comment - I suggest removing all ads and all annoying things for this years' april fools joke. And then of course forget to remove it afterwards. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 08:46, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

White on white theme - kitty.pngPsycho Robot talkSilver bar.png 08:48, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Suggestion - Imo, we should definetely do something with {{USERNAME|you}}. I heard a lot of new people reacting surprised seeing their own username somewhere. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 14:10, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Support 2 - But oppose 1. I'd say make a Joke Submissions page, but then everyone sees it and attacks it with every stupid joke they can think of. Real Crazy 16:28, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Support 2, Oppose 1 - Honestly, the thing that makes april fools fun is that anyone can come up with some stupid joke. It is like that for me anyways. bad_fetustalk 17:01, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Support 2 + Suggestion - Reflect the main page like a mirror, flip everything upside down, Invert all the colours, fake closure message, Rickroll when entering the wiki main page, which has a link below it taking you to the real mainpage... Anything like that would be fun, since it would take effect on all users. RSN: Warthog Rhys Talk Completionist's cape... Coming soon. 17:18, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Support 1 - It'd be easier, funner and there would probably be a better result if a small group, like the Events Team did it.   Swizz Talk   Events!   18:31, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Support both on condition - Don't put me in charge of the skin. Kthxbai. I support point 1 for the reasons Liquid mentioned and point 2 so long as individual mainspace articles are not touched. Magic-icon.pngStelercusIlluminated Book of Balance.png 19:47, January 19, 2011 (UTC)

Why don't you want to be in charge of the skin? You did an admirable job last time around, with the sole exception of that not-so-little hitch that overshadowed the entire event, but hey, everybody makes a few errors here and there, right? Lol --LiquidTalk 00:23, January 20, 2011 (UTC)
Pink + grey looked hot..   Swizz Talk   Events!   17:23, January 20, 2011 (UTC)
It was FireBrick, not pink. Get your facts right. Magic-icon.pngStelercusIlluminated Book of Balance.png 20:05, January 20, 2011 (UTC)

Oh, so that's what that Andrew Gower userbox was about - Oops Concerned Matt (t) 03:09, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Zepport it all! - =D Matt (t) 03:11, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Cool - I think I'll just change my sig. Santa hat.png Powers38 おはようヾ(´・ω・`) 03:12, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Please, Please, Please... Can we involve Swizz Roll links?   Swizz Talk   Events!   15:07, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Of course, as long as they don't significantly affect the mainspace. Part of the proposal is to allow people to bend the normal rules. Lol --LiquidTalk 15:35, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Support 2 - I think we should let the creativeness of everyone flow :D SaradominSign Me! 16:43, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Question - I'm not entirely sure everyone agrees on what Liquid meant by "let the events team plan the joke". My interpretation is that the ET would manage the site-wide aspect of the joke (such as changes to the main page), but individuals will be free to do things such as change their sigs. Liquid, can you clarify? Magic-icon.pngStelercusIlluminated Book of Balance.png 17:28, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, basically the events team or some other group of designated individuals. --LiquidTalk 19:59, January 23, 2011 (UTC)
That didn't answer my question. What will the ET/group of people do that individuals will not, and vice versa? Magic-icon.pngStelercusIlluminated Book of Balance.png 20:37, January 23, 2011 (UTC)
The group can implement changes to the whole wiki, such as a temporary new skin, temporary new logo, etc. Individuals can't do that. --LiquidTalk 19:47, January 24, 2011 (UTC)

Support both - I do think that UCS covers the other stuff, though. Andrew talk 20:37, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Support both - Andrew Gower.jpg Just look at those eyes.... --Aburnett(Talk) 20:48, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Support both + suggestion - I actually like to support both. Also a suggestion for event team. Maybe a false link to admin panel. that bring you to April fools page. :P Coaster4321 Talk # Sign GG 21:55, January 23, 2011 (UTC)

Support both - Sounds like fun :D Full slayer helmet.png Axela40 Slayer-icon.png 22:25, January 24, 2011 (UTC)

Support both on condition - We never use that Andrew picture anywhere on the wiki ever again, nor do we mess with the skin/coding of the wiki in a difficult way that is not easily fixable (Those eyes stared at me for days... and days...) Zaros symbol.pngChaos Monk Talk SignCoins 250.png 22:56, January 26, 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, if Andrew Gower happened to come across the site and saw that he'd rage.   Swizz Talk   Events!   16:13, January 27, 2011 (UTC)
I would lol while he raged since he'd be quite mad. Zaros symbol.pngChaos Monk Talk SignCoins 250.png 00:22, January 31, 2011 (UTC)

Support both - Sounds cool. :D Recent uploads SpineTalkGuest book 00:30, January 31, 2011 (UTC)

Strong oppose - This is a wiki we aren't meant to be fun, just provide facts. - [Pharos] 13:36, January 31, 2011 (UTC)

Lol ^ - I dont mind who gets to do it as long as someone does. I personally think that Admin jokes are always funny. They play on people's want for power/importance/being noticed. We always say AEAE but who can honestly say they never used to considered admins more important? Especially when you were new. We could toss ranks in aswell to cover a wider group. So maybe something in the sitenotice like "A good number of our Admins and clan chat ranks are leaving due to school/work. This has left us with many open positions. If you have an account and think you would make a good Admin click [[UMad?|here]] to receive your name hilite and Adminship or [[Trollololol'd|here]] for an ingame clan chat rank." - What do you think? Too mean :P? - [Pharos] iPhone Edit 13:36, January 31, 2011 (UTC)

Not too mean, in fact, make it meaner: [[UMad?|<span title="RuneScape:Administrator Hilites">here</span>]] and [[Trollololol'd|<span title="RuneScape:Clan Chat Ranks">here</span>]] , so people won't see the page title when hovering over the link XD(oh and put something about The Game on pages too Lol) JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 16:29, January 31, 2011 (UTC)
*cough* Anyway, the admin/rank prank sounds good, maybe we could tell people wanting ranks to gather ingame, but at a tele location like Falador or Lumbridge, then have about 15 people tele in, say "April Fools!" and tele out? Real Crazy 17:00, January 31, 2011 (UTC)
hmmm... Do you think people want to do that effort, and that while they are walking to the spot they might realise it's April Fools'? I think the best is to have a short joke and that people click and then think "D'OH!"
Oh and I made something for fooling people too: [[w:c:joeytje50:Test#Link]]. We could then do something like "Find the link in this (text, grid, etc.) (text=lorem ipsum, grid=like @ my test page, or another idea) and then let the link lead to a rickroll XD JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 22:26, January 31, 2011 (UTC)

Support both - GTS FTW Hunter cape (t).png Sentra246Blue hallowe'en mask.png 23:46, January 31, 2011 (UTC)

Bump - Noob galore! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by helm nub (Talk contribs).

Support both - Ber za nom. My 1337 b0w1337rng3r|Talk Har har, my wikia bird, T-Hawk! 18:44, February 10, 2011 (UTC)

Strong comment - What if we made a page like "Requests for sysopping", that isn't actually anything to do with RfA, and redirected it to a Trololo page, like I did here? That way, people wouldn't see the link target in the bar at the bottom, and it's more likely to fool people XD Real Crazy 20:56, February 17, 2011 (UTC)

They'll give a wiki to anyone these days =P --Henneyj 05:23, March 5, 2011 (UTC)

Support both - Can't fault the reasoning. --Henneyj 05:23, March 5, 2011 (UTC)

Also Lazy Suggestion - I still have that stupid Run,Escape Wiki logo I made a while back... --Henneyj 05:23, March 5, 2011 (UTC)

Support both - Sounds fun, as April Fool's is meant to be. Dragon 2h sword old.pngCallofduty4 Talk 22:48, March 14, 2011 (UTC)

Support both - Per RS:UCS, a single day of sig swapping wouldn't do any harm. And an April Fools' Day event is worth a try. White partyhat old.png C Teng talk 10:49, March 25, 2011 (UTC)

Planning[edit source]

Not long left, let's start working on things!   Swizz Talk   Events!   18:49, March 8, 2011 (UTC)

Suggestions[edit source]

  1. Justin Bieber pic as the logo pls
  2. Swizz Rolls every where pls
  3. Iiii I I I's clippy every where pls   Swizz Talk   Events!   18:49, March 8, 2011 (UTC)
I also suggest we have a light-hearted warning so people know some random shit will be going down on April 1st.   Swizz Talk   Events!   18:51, March 8, 2011 (UTC)

NO - Those are all terrible... TERRIBLE! I'd prefer Andrew Gower and his eyes again. Full Slayer Helmet! Evil1888 Talk A's L Dragon Platebody! 18:52, March 8, 2011 (UTC)

Moar suggestions:

  1. Changing File:Favicon.ico to a cabbage
  2. having the fake admin recruiting, leading to a LOL page
  3. setting the cursor to a cabbage for all pages and everywhere.(I've tested some things, it doesn't seem to be supported on Wikia for some reasons(while it does work at other sites) so might not be possible)
  4. Having one of those "new messages" boxes like here on every page (using JS) (of course with link fo a LOL page too)

JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 22:40, March 8, 2011 (UTC)

Oppose Bieber - He doesn't deserve to be featured on our brilliant wiki. 222 talk 05:26, March 9, 2011 (UTC)

150px-Justin_Bieber_at_Easter_Egg_roll_-_crop.jpg + Bomba_atomowa.gif = 150px-718smiley.svg.png JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 08:24, March 9, 2011 (UTC)
Original video Just gonna leave this here.... Twig Talk 772kZGs.png 19:10, March 9, 2011 (UTC)

OMGWTFBBQ - Magic-icon.pngStelercusIlluminated Book of Balance.png 10:24, March 9, 2011 (UTC)

[1] JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 10:29, March 9, 2011 (UTC)

Why are we promoting him -  Tien  19:13, March 9, 2011 (UTC)

Anyway - Let's comment the 7 suggested things and suggest some more things, instead of hating a nub a ghey an 8 year old pretending to be 17 Justin Bieber a nub. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 23:35, March 9, 2011 (UTC)

Fine... - Modify the wiki to look like a different one (I.e. Left 4 Dead) Twig Talk 772kZGs.png 03:37, March 10, 2011 (UTC)

Comment - Just remember, what you do to the background and Wiki-wordmark will be reflected in Wikia's Game Guides mobile application. Ryan PM 05:00, March 10, 2011 (UTC)

I like 3 & 4 from Joey's suggestions - If 3 is possible, I think that'd be cool in addition to something else. 4 sounds fun, maybe link it to a new fake page like that April Fool's joke Jagex did saying how there'd be a new type of armor called "cabbage" and bunnies would be it's natural enemy... We could make something similar. (: sssSp7p.pngIjLCqFF.png 17:57, March 10, 2011 (UTC)

To Joey - Is a cabbage curser even possible...? Imdill3 23:58, March 10, 2011 (UTC)

Yes. Go to some test box, there replace all content in the <body> with <span style="cursor: url(;">BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!</span> and then hover over the BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!. You will see the cabbage cursor. It doesn't seem to [[w:c:Joeytje50:MediaWiki:Wikia.css|work]] on Wikia though, so I don't know if a cabbage cursor on Wikia is possible (this text should be a cabbage cursor too, while it isn't, in Chrome's inspect elements it shows up as <span style="/* insecure input */">.) JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 12:03, March 15, 2011 (UTC)
Have you tried complimenting the input to make it less insecure? --Henneyj 13:39, March 15, 2011 (UTC)

Hello Fellow Wikians,

With current events going the way they are, we must prepare for the worst. What would happen to our wiki if teh internetz went down? Thusly we should all look at this article[2] I found on wikipedia which details how to prepare for the end. We have a duty to find a way to transfer it to our wiki so that future generations (even radioactive cannibal zombies) should know the light that was RSW!

Jack Spiral1 01:26, March 16, 2011 (UTC)

.....Can we stop messing around and come up with some proper suggestions or comments?   Swizz Talk   Events!   19:15, March 19, 2011 (UTC)
If no one has suggestions/comments, then go ahead and do what you want, Swiz. Silence is implied consent in this case, since something has to be done by someone. --LiquidTalk 19:25, March 19, 2011 (UTC)
No. No Bieber. bad_fetustalk 19:35, March 19, 2011 (UTC)
Helm, srsly, u blind bro? Swiz's bieber suggestion is heavily opposed, and the other 2 are just as nubby as himself, and u tell him it's okies?
Anyway, please vote on the suggestions by swiz and me (seen above) so we can decide what to do. I'll start working on the "new messages" box with JS already, so we can add that as soon as it's the 1st. If we are going to have the fake RfA page, someone should start writing some text, post it here(collapsible plz) and then others could modify to perfection. So please keep voting, thanks. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 21:29, March 19, 2011 (UTC)
EWWWWWWW Swiz was the one who came up with Justin Bieber? <_< He is the absolute (insert several words here that aren't fit for children's ears). I didn't actually read the discussion. I just assumed that the discussion wasn't going very well. I'll retract that statement now, if Bieber is involved. --LiquidTalk 23:53, March 19, 2011 (UTC)
For once, I agree with your homophobia. Anyway, you yourself aren't even helping this thread by voting or commenting on suggestions(Angry). Do eet nao! JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 01:09, March 20, 2011 (UTC)
We have to decide if we're going to keep the changes on all pages or just the mainpage.   Swizz Talk   Events!   10:30, March 20, 2011 (UTC)
I'm fine with Swizz Rolls and Mr Clippy. If you put Bieber anywhere, I'll order all the sysopnubs to blawk you. 222 talk 10:35, March 20, 2011 (UTC)

Comment - I've made a code for adding the "new messages" box everywhere it would appear normally (so if there's the bottom toolbar, you will also see the new messages thing) based on the toolbar links script:

if ( wgNamespaceNumber !=401 && !window.ToolbarLinksLoad ) {
        addOnloadHook( addToolbarLinks );
var ToolbarLinksLoad = true; // prevent duplication
function addToolbarLinks () {
    ('<ul id="WikiaNotifications" class="WikiaNotifications" style="position:fixed;z-index:9001;margin:0;"><li><div style="padding:6px 15px 6px 20px;line-height:1.3;font-size:12px;"><span class="sprite close-notification"></span><p style="margin:0.4em 0 0.5em;">You have <a href="" style="color:white;" title="User talk:' + wgUserName + '\"><u>new messages</u></span></a> (<a href="" style="color:white;" title="User talk:' + wgUserName + '\"><u>show most recent</u></a>)</p></div></li></ul>').appendTo('');

If we add that to [[MediaWiki:Wikia.js]], everyone will see the "new messages" box everywhere. You are able to click it away, but it will return on pageload anyway. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 12:06, March 20, 2011 (UTC)

I also thought of letting selected areas "disappear" (only on non-IE browsers) as extra, just like on [[w:c:joeytje50|my test wiki]]. The code for this is ::selection {color:#FFF8DC;background-color:#FFF8DC;color:transparent;background-color:transparent;} in MediaWiki:Common.css. Just thought I'd throw it up. (It doesn't do anything with images. It just doesn't show you selected them. all "disappeared" content is still selected though. Ctrl+C or anything still works.) JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 23:57, March 22, 2011 (UTC)

Last-resort suggestion? - Considering that april fools is in just a bit longer than a week, and we havent made any progress from 3 months ago. How about we all just agree that im the king of bad jokes and childish jokes that make you cringe? (Modesty being another of my charming qualities...) I mean, have you seen my polls 0_o? Plus, it'd allow us to surprise everyone, including those that have read this thread. Give me 3 sysops with no morals, a 2L bottle of soft drink, a coding-ninja and let me get crackin' >:3 Btw, some of the un-used suggestions from the last thread are hilarious XD and you cant go wrong with clippy when it comes to bad jokes :P - [Pharos] iPhone Edit 12:54, March 22, 2011 (UTC)

Coding ninja reports! (thats cuz I does coding and I ninja'd Gaz =D) JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 20:25, March 22, 2011 (UTC)
What's a moral? Hunter cape (t).png Sentra246Blue hallowe'en mask.png 09:36, March 23, 2011 (UTC)

Comment - In a more serious note, I think it would be fine for everyone to do whatever they want as long as it is easily reversible, and within the bounds of common sense. They must also be stupid. 222 talk 05:15, March 23, 2011 (UTC)

Notice of Intent[edit source]

Since this seems to be going where all community-led discussions go, I'd like to just table this discussion and let users do whatever, according to 222's guideline above. (That is, easily reversible and within the bounds of common sense.) If anyone opposes me tabling this, raise the issues now or forever hold your peace. --LiquidTalk 23:18, March 24, 2011 (UTC)

Closed - Just do whatever. --LiquidTalk 21:22, March 26, 2011 (UTC)