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02 April 2007 @ 10:33 am
After Ramblings Of An April Fool's Day Hoax  
Yes, the previous post was in the spirit of April Fool's Day.

Things I've learned in comments to my prank entry:
1) Any April Fool's Day post must be made before noon.

2) I hate each and every one of you.

3) I'm a liar, by claiming not to have screened comments.

4) I need to resign.

5) I don't understand the delicate intricacies of humor, and I'm spiteful.

6) I'm a big baby, who can't admit he's a liar; I need to admit I screened comments.

7) I am hostile to the customers (that I don't have).

8) I'm lame.

9) I'm a dick.

10) People are really, really sensitive about their precious little permanent accounts, and my prank is inappropriate, spiteful, offensive not to mention late (because seriously -- there's a time-limit on when April Fool's Day pranks can be played).
The above, for those who need things spelled-out is tongue-in-cheek. Allow me to address some of the issues brought-up in comments. I'm going to be straightforward with you, so if you'd rather move-on because I'm not sugar-coating everything, now is the time. Also, feel free to skip if you don't care about the issue one way or the other.

Yes, the last entry was a hoax. LiveJournal has not set a date or price for permanent accounts, to my knowledge. There was no conversation, and the linked post is simply a private entry containing only a non-breaking space. Simply checking a calendar should have made some of you pause for thought. The only members I will apologize to are those who do not celebrate the tradition of April Fool's Day (All Fool's Day) in their culture and might not have expected a hoax.

That brings us to the nature of the hoax itself. A hoax is designed to trick people into believing something which is not true. I have never heard any rule limiting April Fool's Day hoaxes to "before noon" or to obviously ludicrous and unbelievable matters. That defeats the purpose of a hoax (most well-known hoaxes, in fact, are ludicrous but presented in such a way as to be believable).

There is no malice or spite in my hoax. Some felt it was hurtful because it challenged their oh-so-precious status as a permanent account holder. And many of these same people found LiveJournal's move to MySpaceyness an acceptable prank, despite the fact it is conducted in the same vein -- a change that many have expressed concern about. The difference, as I see it, is that their post was written in a goofy tone and my post was not as readily obvious by the tone alone (to some, anyway; others caught-on quite quickly to the fact).

Which brings-up the issue of what is funny and what is not -- an issue I'm not even going to touch. I will say this: I was not the only one involved in the hoax (I'm not going to name names, considering some of your responses); I honestly did not delete or screen a single comment in response to that post; I will not leave the community or my position. I was amused by the reactions of many of you.

However, the ferocity and personal nature of some of your replies is truly disappointing. I expected more, for those who might consider themselves the "cream of the crop". The response to my hoax was to call it offensive, spiteful, and inappropriate (among other things)...and respond with truly mean-spirited commentary and name-calling that was fueled by the same spirit many of you were decrying.

Such hypocrisy in myself would embarrass me, personally.
 
 
 
Casey K: just chilling on the internetcasey on April 2nd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
I have never heard any rule limiting April Fool's Day hoaxes to "before noon" or to obviously ludicrous and unbelievable matters.

This may be a cultural difference. In many countries (and therefore possibly among even Americans who have adopted other countries' traditions by way of family or just plain choice) April Fools' Day pranks must be done before noon or else the person playing the prank is considered the "fool". I had never heard of it before yesterday, but apparently outside of my Midwestern US bubble it's a fairly well-known idea.
mystalkershrine on April 2nd, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
I live in NY, and I've never heard of a before-noon limit on hoaxes.
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.lovedforaday on April 2nd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Really, the comments about quitting the community and thinking the last post was mean-spirited were all part of the hoax, right? Right?!
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
I wish I could say that were the case (alas, I was not creative enough to think of adding that little facet to the hoax).

It shall be interesting to see if anyone claims that were the case.
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Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
As did I. (Obviously.)

Though I think the provoked reaction topped even my expectations of amusement.
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Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
I think some people might. The "noon rule" aside, I was surprised to see so many expect a hoax to be goofy and blatantly obvious. To me, a hoax shouldn't be so dumbed-down -- those types of "hoaxes" aren't amusing to me.
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Matthewemperor on April 2nd, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
In fairness, in the UK, it is generally considered that April Fools should be done before noon. How you deal with timezones is up to you ;-p
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Time is such an overrated concept...
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Jae-Elle: Inigo Montoyajaeelle on April 2nd, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Forget about permanent accounts, man! What are we going to do about the Swiss spaghetti trees?!
qfemale: Rats - Syntaxqfemale on April 2nd, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
*blinks irritated*

I am in Switzerland.. what on earth are you talking about? Only chocolate grows on trees here!!!!

;-p
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The Water Seeker: flowerplymouth on April 2nd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
... for those who might consider themselves the "cream of the crop"

Not me. I'm just a random dork who happened to have $100 lying around at a time when permanent accounts went on sale :)
Usekhusekh on April 2nd, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking that :)
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Gonethe_ravyn on April 2nd, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Truth be told, it makes me shudder to think how some of those people would deal with a real crisis.
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Now that's a scary thought... :/
Nikki: NH LJ Live With/Withoutnakeisha on April 2nd, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
I expected more, for those who might consider themselves the "cream of the crop".

Does anyone really consider themselves to be this? I for one certainly do not.

Some felt it was hurtful because it challenged their oh-so-precious status as a permanent account holder.

I read my way through all the comments left, and certainly this did not seem to be the reason why people objected to it. I don't think of it as my 'oh-so-precious' status. It just is. I had $150 two years ago, for ease and also careful working out of how quickly it would pay for itself, I bought one. It doesn't make me or the type of account 'special' or important.

If we're being honest the really 'important' people, those whose opinions are more likely to be listened to than anyone else's isn't us with permanent account, but those with paid accounts. Why? Because we've already paid our money. If we leave LJ we're the ones who lose out, not LJ - they'll still have our money. Now the paid people, they are the ones who keep on paying, they are the ones who, if en bloc they left, could make life tough for LJ.

So special? Precious? Hah! I'm sorry, not at all.

My guess would be that one reason for the outrage was that it was 'too close to potential reality' for comfort.

I thought it was bad taste, to be honest. But that was mainly because of your position as a Moderator/Maintainer, I wouldn't have expected someone in your position to make such a post. I find myself disappointed in 'you', not in a personal, attack way as I do not know you, but as in your 'role' way.

As one of those myself it would never occur to me to post anything like this that was, if you thought about it, bound to upset some people. But then that's me; I should stop expecting all people to have the same kinds of standards.

But I openly admit I don't have the greatest sense of humour in the world. Indeed my nearest and dearest say I'm too serious for me own good.

You meant it as a prank; it backfired - badly.
$2.27 1/17/56raventhon on April 2nd, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
It didn't backfire -- the pretentious asshattery prevalent among LJ in general, and this community in specific, simply could not handle the (admittedly very, very funny) prank.

I thought it was hilarious. Especially the hostile reaction.
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Alai Tallon: Cerebellum'd!!!alaitallon on April 2nd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
To the people who left over this: Don't let the door hit you on the way out. I'd rather this community have people who can spare a second to look at the calendar and take a joke than tight asses like you that are offended over everything.

To adudeabides: Good job. The best hoaxes are those that are believable. You didn't deserve all the crap thrown at you and I respect you even more for, dispite all the rudeness you received, still taking the time to politely address the people who were offended.
qfemale: TV - Frasier - Introqfemale on April 2nd, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
>>I'd rather this community have people who can spare a second to look at the calendar and take a joke

For some the biggest problem that made this so 'tastles' was that the joke was made after mid-day. So far we've figured out that this is apparently a custom in England, France and some parts of the US where you can only make jokes before mid-day.
It's a bit sad to see that some people expected everyone else in this community to either know about this cultural difference or to expect them to have the same.

Personally I live in Switzerland and until this morning I had never heard of this custom at all. And since we're a pretty diverse community when it comes to global locations one really shouldn't expect that everybody here has the same cultural manners/behaviors like oneself.

I guess an open mind and some humor are a good thing to have.
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Eleanor Blairlnr on April 2nd, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
FWIW I didn't see it til today.

I do think it's funny, and that maybe people over-reacted, but if you can't handle the heat stay out of the kitchen.
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad others found it funny. Though I'm glad that seeeing it a day late didn't add confusion on that.
Andyrileysaplank on April 2nd, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Was it just me that thought people's over-reaction to the joke was funnier to the joke itself?

Being from Britain I've grown up with the "before noon" rule, but wouldn't hold someone not from Britain to that rule. If Christian cultures celebrate Christmas differently (as an example in Germany they open the presents on Christmas eve rather than Christmas day) then different cultures are going to celebrate April Fool's day differently.
Mette: Lucy - judgementnursemette on April 2nd, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
IAWTC
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Usekhusekh on April 2nd, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
When you put in loudly "Hey guys this is really not an april fools day prank" you are then..surprised..people took it seriously? because that crosses the boundaries from April fools day prank to pretty much lying.

Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
A hoax is, by definition, a lie. On a day dedicated to hoaxes and deception, no one should take everything said at face value. Also, what I actually said was, "I wish that I could say this were an April Fool's Day joke," which is not precisely the same meaning as outright saying it is not a joke...
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subbes: mst3k friendittosubbes on April 2nd, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
I honestly did not delete or screen a single comment in response to that post;

The critique I offered is, therefore, directed to whomever it was that screened/deleted comments on that post. Better luck next time, prank planning cabal.
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
They read the critique, I'm sure.
Mette: Itachi - You're stupidnursemette on April 2nd, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I think some people overreacted way too much and I seriously hope one of them who said he was leaving the community until you were pulled off as a mod was joking.

They take the internet way too seriously, even on April 1st. That makes them even more foolish than somebody who doesn't live in a culture where it's normal to pull a prank before noon.

April fools is appearantly even more serious business than the internet.
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I think some people overreacted way too much and I seriously hope one of them who said he was leaving the community until you were pulled off as a mod was joking.

They weren't leaving. They actually left the community. (Strangely enough, I think their post about the issue in their personal journal actually resulted in several others joining the community.)

I had thought the Internet was the most more serious business, but I suppose I was mistaken on that -- some things are even more most serious.
Johnwibbble on April 2nd, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
My main problem with the joke - which wasn't the time you posted it - was that it just wasn't funny. For anyone who was aware of the date it was blindingly obvious, and for people that weren't it was too vicious too easily laugh off. The idea was a good one, but the implementation was poor.

Carrying on the joke 'in character' after an LJ staff member has 'outed' it seemed a bit pointless too.
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
That's a fair enough comment. However, can you clarify why you felt it was vicious? I don't agree with that statement, but I'd honestly like to hear the justification behind that idea.

As far as carrying the joke on after a staff member outed it as a joke...I don't see it as pointless. It adds to the confusion, particularly when you consider that not everyone read through all the comments and spotted that, nor might know he is a staff member (which lends his statement no more credence than the other people calling "April Fool's").
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Galadriel: sean - boromir costume fixcaras_galadhon on April 2nd, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
I saw the post, sussed it out right away, and chalked it up as mildly amusing. *G* Once I saw the comments, however, I decided to stay far away from that mess, even if all I wanted was to say something positive.

If it helps any, it seems that April Fool's pranks in comms have a tendency to go sideways. I watched a really quite funny prank in another comm I read go completely haywire as a handful of commenters screamed to high heaven, decried the moderators as horrible people, throwing invectives before storming off in a huff. The joke had to be shut down and revealed not even an hour after it went up. And of course there are the grumblers in the news post who refuse to take LJ's joke as what it is. Which isn't to say that you shouldn't have pulled the prank in the first place, just that it's something to keep in mind.

As someone else said upthread, I'd hate to see how these people respond to a real crisis. My best advice to those who bristle at April Fool's Day jokes would be to take the day as internet-free (if possible), enjoy some other pursuits, and then return when all has been revealed. Me, I think I'll go giggle over Google's TiSP for a little longer. ^_~
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
I suspected a lot of people were staying away from the thread, because of the comments. (And that's somewhat confirmed, seeing the different tone in comments today). Even I decided to stay away from it after a bit, and left to do other stuff for the day.

Personally, though, I giggled over Google Paper, finding it funnier than TiSP...probably because it was more subtle. Google Paper did manage to sucker me. :x (Only for about 30 seconds, but a sucker is still a sucker...)
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Ian: britainringbark on April 2nd, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
The timing is indeed the main problem with this, as I'm sure you have gathered by now. In Britain, after 12 o'clock the little rhyme
"April Fool's past and gone
You're the fool and I'm none"
came into play, as various others have commented. Later, broadcasters were cut a little slack, but not much.
Certainly the "morning-only" rule is one that is widely known in Britain. It is complicated by other culture not having it, and by time-zones in a medium such as the internet, so that it is still morning in California when it is mid-evening in Britain, for example.

"Poisson d'avril!" is the correct French expression, just as "April fool!" is the catch-cry in Anglophone lands. Your comment on this suggests that you are not familiar with this either.

Sometimes, otherwise believable April fool pranks/hoaxes contain clues including contact names like "Avril Fish" or equivalent punning names, or time-critical conditions like "the closing date for this offer will be 12 noon today". Something like this...

"Act promptly! SixApart staff member lj_avril has just announced that permanent accounts are available NOW for a very limited time. I understand that there will be a maximum of 401 accounts sold, for $401 each. Sales close at noon Pacific time TODAY or when 401 accounts have been sold."

Clues: avril in the name, a date-related price and a noon cut-off.
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm aware of the expressions and the rhymes. However, I've never heard rhymes used on the same day -- only ones for being a day early or a day late.

Certainly the diversity and span of the Internets creates some complications. I'll keep your advice in mind for next year. O;)
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Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
*stares at icon* .....*poke* o.o

...Ahem, anyway, yes, the "noon rule" seems largely to be a cultural difference between Americans and Europeans. I'm disinclined to enjoy that rule, though, as it seems a bit limiting. Nevertheless, I learned something new!
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Brian Enigma: Armadillo Hatbrianenigma on April 2nd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Well, it is LJ...
Cassandrafirewallender on April 2nd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
It was funny. Way to be. :-)
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
Marcus L. Rowlandffutures on April 2nd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Glad that you don't feel embarrassed. Can't imagine why not, but I'm pleased that you feel you have the moral high ground.

It was obvious that it was an April Fools joke. Just a shame that it wasn't even slightly funny, and that you felt it necessary to delete comments saying so.
.lovedforaday on April 2nd, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
You're right, it wasn't the funniest thing ever, but the indignant, angry comments in response to it were.
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grahamsgrahams on April 2nd, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
I think you forgot rule #11: An April Fool's Day joke/prank should be funny. Yours just tried too hard, as evidenced by the disclaimer (you later removed) insisting it wasn't an April Fool's joke.

I wouldn't have been as annoyed if it wasn't such a poorly-written, poorly-executed attempt...
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on April 2nd, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Reading the comments to today's post, I see a number of people found it amusing. Maybe you'll enjoy next year better... *shrugs*
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Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on May 1st, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad some were able to appreciate the joke. I was warned about the veracity of permies, but I guess I didn't truly believe they were so...sensitive, as a group, about their accounts. I don't recall when my account became perm, but I'm pretty sure I only felt special for a couple days before I got back down to reality. :x
Morton Fox: commentsmortonfox on April 3rd, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
I read it the day after, so I missed all the fun.
Yáng Yuǎn Zhìadudeabides on May 1st, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear you missed-out.

Incidentally, at first glance your icon makes me think of Schoolhouse Rock. Though I'm pretty sure none of their characters had snouts.