Wiki April Fool's prank. April 1, 2004 10:33 AM   Subscribe

Ok, funs over, the wiki code was totally killing the box. I just might keep it up for shits and giggles at a different location.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:33 AM (25 comments total)

That comments.metawiki is not working.
posted by riffola at 10:50 AM on April 1, 2004


And what of the official wiki? Will we now have a "work" wiki and a "play" wiki?
posted by brownpau at 10:55 AM on April 1, 2004


Sigh, I still blame only myself. Heh.
posted by Peter H at 11:11 AM on April 1, 2004


So… what's killing the box now, then?
posted by timeistight at 11:23 AM on April 1, 2004


There was fun?
posted by jonmc at 11:32 AM on April 1, 2004


Wacky hijinx were had by all.
posted by pizzasub at 11:34 AM on April 1, 2004


Well, almost all.
posted by chicobangs at 11:36 AM on April 1, 2004


Thanks, Matt. That was one of your all-time good pranks but I'm glad that MeFi is its normal self again. Also, it was an interesting experience in social engineering, if you will. Now all the folks that wanted to be the secret MeFi cadre of editors have had a chance to see what would happen if they were allowed to have their way. I like MeFi better this way. I also appreciate the new coloring on the Google ads, as they are much less intrusive. Thanks again!
posted by Lynsey at 11:40 AM on April 1, 2004


I don't believe in hijinx, mischeif, shenanigans or tomfoolery of any sort.

Good thing I was spared.
posted by jonmc at 11:47 AM on April 1, 2004


I liked the met4 prank better.....
posted by mkelley at 11:49 AM on April 1, 2004


Next year think MetaOrkut....
posted by y2karl at 1:58 PM on April 1, 2004


Now that all the one name Mefi'ers have been suspended at said social network....
posted by y2karl at 1:59 PM on April 1, 2004


Next great April Fool's joke: MeFi goes entire day without page timing out.
posted by soyjoy at 2:10 PM on April 1, 2004


oh, is *that* what was going on with the front page? I just saw a huge pages-long account of some goings-on in the Russian court and figured it was an abstract joke only Matt actually understood...
posted by Mars Saxman at 2:16 PM on April 1, 2004


*scratches head, wondering what all the fuss was about*

Damn stupid international date line*
posted by dg at 2:24 PM on April 1, 2004


Matt, you really suck. you edited your post to eliminate the location.

Can anyone else edit their posts, huh ??? Noooooooo.

April fool.
posted by page404 at 2:41 PM on April 1, 2004


I hope there will be an archive of the day's fun. The last thing I saw was "Please read the RULES before contributing" followed by a hilarious "Koizume commands it" edit with a weird picture of Japan's PM. with glowing eyes.
posted by Meridian at 2:52 PM on April 1, 2004


It scared me, and I felt sad.
posted by Slagman at 2:55 PM on April 1, 2004


Can we see the static version of it please?
posted by riffola at 3:04 PM on April 1, 2004


there's no static version of it, it's all from the database and it's pretty crappy code. I'll see if I can get it running fully cached so it's not too bad on the server.

Someone just sent me this as a good summation of the wiki madness.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:13 PM on April 1, 2004


Conrad wrote a good summation of the wiki madness, too.

April Fool's day is awesome, though.. I do quite enjoy that it's the one holiday that the internet seems to celebrate the most widely and ingeniously.

It was hilarious! LOL! THX MATT OMG!
posted by Hildago at 3:20 PM on April 1, 2004


Dave and Doug let loose in the spirit of things.
posted by poopy at 3:43 PM on April 1, 2004


I just might keep it up for shits and giggles at a different location.

John Bonham would approve. And that Penny Arcade strip is bang-on. Heh.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:45 PM on April 1, 2004


I don't believe in hijinx, mischeif... : But jonmc, I believe in you! ;-P (btw, i before e...)
posted by mischief at 7:49 PM on April 1, 2004


that was kinda fun, matt - but a little anarchy goes a long way. I was so glad it didn't last all day.

Oddly enough, when MeFi is totally down, I am able to somehow cope with the withdrawal. But when it's kinda sorta up, but it just won't behave the way it damn well should, that triggered facial tics, I tell ya.
posted by madamjujujive at 9:13 PM on April 1, 2004


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