The RuneScape Wiki celebrates April Fools every year, like Jagex, by playing practical jokes.
Best practices to follow for April Fools ideas for the wiki:
- Keep jokes and pranks out of article content. Edits that change existing information into false or misleading information will be considered vandalism.
- Avoid overlays that cover up content, cannot be hidden or dismissed, or otherwise interfere with normal browsing of the wiki.
Past April Fools jokes[edit source]
The RuneScape Wiki sells out big time, and starts selling NFTs in order to raise funds. An advertisement could be found on every page (placed on MediaWiki:Gadget-nftnotice.js), informing viewers that they could purchase the page with 🅱️okens, a new digital cryptocurrency.
The RuneScape Wiki releases an advertisement about a print version of our articles for sale. The advertisement was placed on MediaWiki:Gadget-book.js and displayed on the bottom left corner of every page. The link redirected to https://weirdgloop.org/book/(non-archive link).
The RuneScape Wiki releases Crabby, a virtual assistant inspired by Microsoft's Office Assistant. It appears in the bottom left corner of the window with interactive dialogue, and unique lines appearing on specific pages - found on MediaWiki:Gadget-crob.js.
A full-length advertisement for Crabby in the style of Apple's marketing replaces the main page (an archived version can be found here), and a Crabby banner is placed in the sitenotice.
Crabby can still be activated within the 'Other' section of the gadgets preferences in Special:Preferences.
The RuneScape Wiki switched to Old School for a day, hoping for a surge in popularity.
The RuneScape Wiki collaborated with various members of the community on the bankstanding pet for 2017 April Fools.
The RuneScape Wiki was acquired by Shandong Hongda for the day, the company which had recently bought Jagex. You could also see the value of every item in iron ore!
Fools on us, as this company turned out to be the wrong Shandong Hongda.