71 votes

Megathread: April Fools' Day 2019 on the internet

It's already started a little, but over the next day or so, the internet will be filled with jokes, pranks, fake "announcements" from companies, fun interactive activities, games, and so on. A lot of these can be quite clever and interesting so I think posting about them in general is fine, but in the interest of preventing them from completely taking over Tildes, let's try to keep as many of them restricted to this thread as possible. Ideally, a separate top-level comment for each individual item would be good.

If something particularly discussion-worthy comes up (like an ARG or activity that a lot of people want to talk about), a separate thread is reasonable, but please make sure it has the "april fools day" tag. That way, if anyone wants to avoid seeing the April Fools' Day threads, they can use the topic tag filters and filter that tag out.

I'm going to use the "official" styling for this topic (that's usually only for ~tildes.official topics) to make it stand out more to try to encourage people to notice it. My availability tomorrow will probably be limited, so if you notice people making individual topics for April Fools' Day things that don't really warrant their own topic, please (nicely) encourage them to delete and post in here instead.

99 comments

  1. [6]
    hereticalgorithm Link
    /r/csharp has an amazing redesign
    30 votes
    1. [3]
      MetArtScroll Link Parent
      This is one of the best arguments I have ever seen for unrestricted CSS in social media.

      This is one of the best arguments I have ever seen for unrestricted CSS in social media.

      13 votes
      1. [2]
        json Link Parent
        It's not really unrestricted.

        It's not really unrestricted.

        1 vote
        1. MetArtScroll Link Parent
          No, it is not; indeed, a few CSS tags (inter alia @font-face IIRC) are not allowed in Reddit custom CSS. However, if compared with Abridged Style SheetsSettings (ASS) offered by the Reddit...

          No, it is not; indeed, a few CSS tags (inter alia @font-face IIRC) are not allowed in Reddit custom CSS.

          However, if compared with Abridged Style SheetsSettings (ASS) offered by the Reddit redesigh, it looks unrestricted.

          1 vote
    2. Silbern Link Parent
      Wow. Okay, this is hands down my favorite April Fool's today. This is fucking awesome!!! :D

      Wow. Okay, this is hands down my favorite April Fool's today. This is fucking awesome!!! :D

      5 votes
  2. [8]
    yellow Link
    Stack Overflow has gone for a more classical styling. Was strange to run into unexpected.

    Stack Overflow has gone for a more classical styling. Was strange to run into unexpected.

    34 votes
    1. [5]
      hamstergeddon Link Parent
      There will always be a piece of me that misses the internet looking (somewhat) like that. Flashy (literal or otherwise) ridiculousness, animated gifs, custom cursors/trails, and design cues taken...

      There will always be a piece of me that misses the internet looking (somewhat) like that. Flashy (literal or otherwise) ridiculousness, animated gifs, custom cursors/trails, and design cues taken from what you could do, not what you should do. I kind of miss the perpetual "in progress" vibe websites gave off in the 90s and early 00s.

      19 votes
      1. Atvelonis Link Parent
        I totally agree. It was a time when the internet was primarily a fun place, and a very personal one, compared to today's hyper-aware and hyper-commercialized web. I appreciate the lengths that...

        I totally agree. It was a time when the internet was primarily a fun place, and a very personal one, compared to today's hyper-aware and hyper-commercialized web. I appreciate the lengths that modern web design has gone to ensure a smooth experience, but I also can't help but miss the spontaneous nature of how things used to be.

        6 votes
      2. [2]
        geosmin Link Parent
        Fret not, http://mess.be is still under construction!

        Fret not, http://mess.be is still under construction!

        4 votes
        1. hamstergeddon Link Parent
          hah, that got me thinking about my favorite AIM-related site and it still exists!! http://www.badassbuddy.com/

          hah, that got me thinking about my favorite AIM-related site and it still exists!! http://www.badassbuddy.com/

          3 votes
      3. DyslexicStoner240 Link Parent
        Check out Hypnospace Outlaw, it's been recently released and I'd say a very fun and charming experience; it should be right up your alley!

        Check out Hypnospace Outlaw, it's been recently released and I'd say a very fun and charming experience; it should be right up your alley!

        1 vote
    2. Silbern Link Parent
      I love this, haha. Best April Fool's in a long time!

      I love this, haha. Best April Fool's in a long time!

      4 votes
  3. [16]
    Grzmot Link
    r/Games has closed the subreddit for the day on a more serious note. Not in the spirit of April's Fools definitely, but I'm interested in the discussion it will start.

    r/Games has closed the subreddit for the day on a more serious note.

    Not in the spirit of April's Fools definitely, but I'm interested in the discussion it will start.

    26 votes
    1. nothis Link Parent
      Jesus, they just want to make it harder for themselves, right? I mean, kudos, though!

      Jesus, they just want to make it harder for themselves, right? I mean, kudos, though!

      6 votes
    2. [13]
      aphoenix Link Parent
      It's a laudable sentiment done on the worst possible day in a pretentious manner. I love what they are trying to do, but I'm really not a fan of how they did it.

      It's a laudable sentiment done on the worst possible day in a pretentious manner.

      I love what they are trying to do, but I'm really not a fan of how they did it.

      4 votes
      1. [8]
        TheJorro Link Parent
        I think this will need to be unpacked.

        a pretentious manner.

        I think this will need to be unpacked.

        18 votes
        1. [7]
          aphoenix Link Parent
          I've spoken to dozens of people, and many of them talk about how pretentious and self-aggrandizing the post was. Basically, a day that is dedicated to things being unserious and silly was taken...

          I've spoken to dozens of people, and many of them talk about how pretentious and self-aggrandizing the post was. Basically, a day that is dedicated to things being unserious and silly was taken and stood on its head so people could soapbox about something.

          That's not to say that what they're saying is anything other than incredibly important - it is a message that needs to be spoken about at length - but I think it's not reading the audience at all (15 - 22 year old boys is the main demographic of Reddit). That demographic isn't suddenly going to take this seriously because one subreddit didn't do a joke.

          7 votes
          1. [6]
            TheJorro Link Parent
            Who are these dozens of people? Where? Because, for all I know, you talked to a bunch of people at r/pcgaming, who seemed to be trying their best to prove the mods' point. That's still not really...

            Who are these dozens of people? Where? Because, for all I know, you talked to a bunch of people at r/pcgaming, who seemed to be trying their best to prove the mods' point. That's still not really much to dismiss the entire thing out of hand as "pretentious" though. In my experience, most uses of the criticism have no merit and it's just a shorthand for "I don't like it therefore it's bad".

            And, frankly, this is the audience that actively tries to ignore its failings in these matters. Calling it out is the only medicine to such a tactic. What's the pretension to calling it out?

            7 votes
            1. [5]
              aphoenix Link Parent
              The people I've spoken to have been in various discords, reddit chats, hangouts, and slacks. I'm not going to list them all, but I think most of them are like-minded individuals to me; the sort of...

              The people I've spoken to have been in various discords, reddit chats, hangouts, and slacks. I'm not going to list them all, but I think most of them are like-minded individuals to me; the sort of person who approves of the message and supports it.

              Dismissing "pretentious" as "I don't like it therefore it's bad" is sloppy and unbecoming. I love this message; I think it's of utmost importance. I think this is not a day to be trying to make this message heard.

              this is the audience that actively tries to ignore its failings in these matters

              So calling it out on a joke day is going to help, or is it going to reinforce to the 15-22 year old boys that peruse the subreddit that this is a joke?

              3 votes
              1. [4]
                TheJorro Link Parent
                But if you claim something is pretentious, and I still don't see what the pretentiousness is about... is it a good summation of issues? That's what I mean about calling something "pretentious" as...

                But if you claim something is pretentious, and I still don't see what the pretentiousness is about... is it a good summation of issues? That's what I mean about calling something "pretentious" as a form of criticism—it's really lost so much of its meaning that any "effortpost" could be called that, deserving or not.

                And I get that it seems kinda backwards to do this on April Fools but it's as much of a good day as it is a bad one: lots of traffic, almost no real news, and the subreddit always ends up loathing April Fools by lunchtime. Shutting it down for the day isn't going to impact any real news or discussion, and it does cut down on a lot of the negativity that the subreddit gets every April Fools.

                5 votes
                1. [3]
                  aphoenix Link Parent
                  I hate just linking to dictionaries, but sometimes people disagree about terms: pretentious: 1. making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction. 2....

                  I hate just linking to dictionaries, but sometimes people disagree about terms: pretentious: 1. making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction. 2. intended to attract notice and impress others

                  I think that both of these definitions are applicable here. r/Games mods have made a claim to or created an appearance of (deserved) importance or distinction in this matter. They have also intended to attract notice and impress others with their actions.

                  I agree with what you've listed as reasons for "pros" but I think the "con" is that the people that need to take this seriously aren't going to as a result of today, and that the people who already take this matter seriously already take this matter seriously so doing something like a subreddit shutdown on a useless day doesn't accomplish anything.

                  If this is important enough to do, then it's important enough to do it on a day where it matters. Make a statement during PAX or some other Expo. Shut things down when people want to talk for real and not just talk shit about things.

                  6 votes
                  1. [2]
                    TheJorro (edited ) Link Parent
                    That definition why I think it's a pointless criticism. It's such a broadly-defined term that it's rendered basically useless in any nuanced discussion. Yes, this post about bringing something to...

                    That definition why I think it's a pointless criticism. It's such a broadly-defined term that it's rendered basically useless in any nuanced discussion. Yes, this post about bringing something to attention is intended to attract notice. Is it really insightful to point it out? Those definitions can be applied to any announcement or notice at all, so what's the point of summarizing something as pretentious? Like, what am I supposed to glean out of that as a statement about something beyond that there's an air of importance to it? Unless you're suggesting in other words that they're being performative (definition 1), I don't know what you're hoping to communicate by calling it pretentious and walking away is.

                    Sorry if I sound a little upset about words, I have strong feelings on words.

                    I really don't think when they shut it down is all that important, only the why. This would have had the exact same reaction on any other day, only with the complaints adjusted for whatever the event was e.g. "Why do this for PAX? PAX supports those causes, this is unfair!" This is also the tactic that many of the comment sections regarding minorities, LGBT issues, or diversity take. They will frequently find any excuse to shut down conversations about it, and saying "this isn't a good time" seems to be more of that. It will never be a good time. It's the same concept as any protest. It's not supposed to be convenient, it's supposed to be effective. And this has been pretty effective at getting attention so far.

                    There is no day that would be convenient for a subreddit full of people who suppress discussions about these topics to bring them to light. It will always be "not the right time".

                    6 votes
                    1. aphoenix Link Parent
                      As do I. I chose mine carefully. With respect to the word chosen: what I mean is that I found this pretentious. I know what the word means, and so do you. It's okay if you don't find it...

                      I have strong feelings on words.

                      As do I. I chose mine carefully. With respect to the word chosen: what I mean is that I found this pretentious. I know what the word means, and so do you. It's okay if you don't find it pretentious, but many people that I spoke to found it to be so; if that's the case, then maybe we should just stop and consider that perhaps if that is the takeaway from some people (notably people who are proponents of the issues here) that maybe this was not done as well as it could have been. This should not be offputting to any of the people who are clearly supporters of the message.

                      I really don't think when they shut it down is all that important

                      I think we simply disagree here. When you do something sends a message. For example, I wouldn't choose the first day of Black History Month to run a message like this; that day is earmarked for other things.

                      This would have had the exact same reaction on any other day, only with the complaints adjusted for whatever the event was

                      Not from me. There are many days where this sort of thing would not just be supported by me, but even cross posted and promoted in whatever way I could. For posterity, it may be relevant that I run a relatively large gaming subreddit (~1M subscribers, more than half the subscribers of r/Games) that has zero tolerance for any racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any kind of hatred or intolerance based on intrinsic qualities of people; I am superlatively in favour of the message they are trying to send.

                      There is no day that would be convenient for a subreddit full of people who suppress discussions about these topics to bring them to light.

                      You just made an argument that today was actually a convenient day by merit of the fact that it was April Fools'. I don't think it's particularly fair to try to have it both ways.

                      3 votes
      2. [4]
        smoontjes Link Parent
        Is it not the best possible day? They stand out from the rest of the subreddits like this, and get a ton of attention - and that kind of attention is sorely needed for the issues stated in the...

        Is it not the best possible day? They stand out from the rest of the subreddits like this, and get a ton of attention - and that kind of attention is sorely needed for the issues stated in the r/games thread. Or do the same problems not arise on r/wow? To a lesser degree of course.

        8 votes
        1. [2]
          aphoenix Link Parent
          Also, apologies; I mostly ignored the fact that you alluded to me moderating r/wow, which is maybe a disservice to your point. As with moderators of r/Games, I could easily create a similar set of...

          Also, apologies; I mostly ignored the fact that you alluded to me moderating r/wow, which is maybe a disservice to your point. As with moderators of r/Games, I could easily create a similar set of screenshots. It could be the same size as the album they shared, and as with their subreddit, it would merely scratch the surface of the awful shit that we see day to day. The message that we will not allow this sort of behaviour is intensely important.

          I think that by headlining this on a day of jokes, it undercuts the desired message.

          I know a lot of people disagree with my take on this, so I'm reconsidering, but my gut tells me that this is not accomplishing much good. I think it's obvious that the people for whom this is intended do not respect the fact that this closure happened, and for them it is merely part of a the joke that is April Fools' Day.

          That said, I don't have any good idea for how to reach the people that need to read and understand this that isn't an invasion of privacy that most people would find horrific.

          6 votes
          1. Crespyl Link Parent
            No, I think you're still on the right track, that this is at its core a fine message but with poor-to-counterproductive delivery. Further downthread in a discussion I had with another user, the...

            No, I think you're still on the right track, that this is at its core a fine message but with poor-to-counterproductive delivery.

            Further downthread in a discussion I had with another user, the point was made that the root issue is perhaps less about "x behavior is/should-be unacceptable" and more that "y behavior/topic is/must-be acceptable", and framing the discussion in those terms is more likely to be productive.

            Everyone (the vast majority worth talking about, anyway) already largely agrees that "x is unacceptable", but there's a more useful conversation to be had about "how can we encourage/integrate constructive discussion of y?"

            2 votes
        2. aphoenix (edited ) Link Parent
          No. Some people are still taking it as if it was a joke (obviously only people who didn't read the whole thing, but if anyone thinks this is a joke, it's too many). Doing something serious on a...

          Is it not the best possible day?

          No. Some people are still taking it as if it was a joke (obviously only people who didn't read the whole thing, but if anyone thinks this is a joke, it's too many). Doing something serious on a day that is dedicated to not being in any way serious is, in my opinion, a mistake.

          Or do the same problems not arise on r/wow? To a lesser degree of course.

          The same problems occur everywhere. They are important issues that we should talk about. However, how and when we go about saying things is important. I wouldn't any post trying to announce something serious on a day like today, because there will always be a subsection of the population who thinks that it's a joke. The people who think this is a joke already are the ones who aren't going to read and understand this message.

          3 votes
  4. [3]
    Deimos Link
    Google Maps has added a version of Snake: https://www.blog.google/products/maps/sssnakes-map/ It's playable through the Android and iOS apps, and there's also a standalone site:...

    Google Maps has added a version of Snake: https://www.blog.google/products/maps/sssnakes-map/

    It's playable through the Android and iOS apps, and there's also a standalone site: https://snake.googlemaps.com/

    19 votes
    1. [2]
      edward Link Parent
      Also from Google: Screen Cleaner in the Files App and Google Tulip.
      3 votes
      1. Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
        The explanation for the Screen Cleaner is so plausible that it makes me wonder why it can't be a real product!

        The explanation for the Screen Cleaner is so plausible that it makes me wonder why it can't be a real product!

  5. [2]
    rkcr Link
    XKCD is running the "Emojidome", which is basically just a huge voting contest between emoji.

    XKCD is running the "Emojidome", which is basically just a huge voting contest between emoji.

    18 votes
    1. JustABanana Link Parent
      Ah that's what broke the mastodon bot

      Ah that's what broke the mastodon bot

      3 votes
  6. [2]
    starchturrets Link
    Mozilla's April Fool's prank was getting bought by Microsoft.

    Mozilla's April Fool's prank was getting bought by Microsoft.

    16 votes
    1. Kenny Link Parent
      Microsoft should put a page there that redirects to Edge or something, lol.

      Microsoft should put a page there that redirects to Edge or something, lol.

      5 votes
  7. cfabbro (edited ) Link
    Psyonix (makers of Rocket League) got reddit's Shitty_Watercolour to do something for them. https://i.redd.it/77k9fiaymjp21.jpg https://www.reddit.com/r/RocketLeague/comments/b7umtn/well_then/...
    13 votes
  8. [3]
    Adys Link
    Well /r/europe is actually having fun: https://www.reddit.com/r/europe/comments/b7tjyk/the_house_of_commons_asserts_itself_over_reurope/ Other than that I'm actually hoping last year's trend of...

    Well /r/europe is actually having fun: https://www.reddit.com/r/europe/comments/b7tjyk/the_house_of_commons_asserts_itself_over_reurope/

    Other than that I'm actually hoping last year's trend of repurposing AF for more serious causes and what not continues. I'm not normally a killjoy… hell I don't take anything seriously. But AF is far too often markety, gimmicky and lame. It's the internet holiday embodiment of the Fellow Kids meme.

    I don't mind when people put up an easter egg, or do a genuine fun gimmick (The Place comes to mind, that was pretty incredible). On all my sites I usually use AF as an occasion to do something nice for the users, such as making the paid service free for the day.

    12 votes
    1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      I read that as "repurposing As Fuck", as in the memetic phrase, and thought you meant "kicking the hell out of using the new April's-Fool-serious-tone messages".

      repurposing AF

      I read that as "repurposing As Fuck", as in the memetic phrase, and thought you meant "kicking the hell out of using the new April's-Fool-serious-tone messages".

      2 votes
  9. [3]
    Deimos (edited ) Link
    Reddit hasn't revealed their April Fools' event yet, but they've been posting some hints on their other social media accounts and people have been doing some investigation here:...

    Reddit hasn't revealed their April Fools' event yet, but they've been posting some hints on their other social media accounts and people have been doing some investigation here: https://www.reddit.com/r/sequence_meta/

    12 votes
    1. [2]
      haykam821 Link Parent
      Hey, I really don't recommend you link that sub; link r/sequence_meta instead. Here's a few reasons why:

      Hey, I really don't recommend you link that sub; link r/sequence_meta instead. Here's a few reasons why:

      Please don't support sequencemeta, the owner is not the best of people. In case it gets removed:

      Owner's shenanigans on Snakeroom, including using a racial slur, threatening a moderator, threatening the staff team/server itself

      Further evidence:

      The staff team is comprised of hypocrites; the original post was removed for linking to an image of the owner's own words

      This is a screenshot from the owner of the sub, showing evidence of vote brigading

      Further documentation, and the initial cause of this drama

      /r/sequence_meta is the "official" sub now, backed by Snakeroom

      From /u/haykam821:

      See also removing comments about the Snakeroom and how the actual source was there and vote brigading.

      /r/sequence_meta is a better alternative, ran by the guys at Snakeroom; Snakeroom is backed by the Reddit admins, is the one that made discoveries on both Circle of Trust and Sequence, and has staff members that don't act toxic and then try to censor any mentions of them being toxic.

      8 votes
  10. rogue_cricket (edited ) Link
    Spotify has changed its "discover weekly" into "discocover weekly". Right now I'm listening to a disco cover of "Rhapsody In Blue". :) MetaFilter has created a Crouton Garden. You can generate...

    Spotify has changed its "discover weekly" into "discocover weekly". Right now I'm listening to a disco cover of "Rhapsody In Blue". :)

    MetaFilter has created a Crouton Garden. You can generate your own crouton here:
    https://www.metafilter.com/croutons/

    This is a reference to the phrase "crouton-petter", which is shorthand for a person who gets very attached to inanimate objects (i.e., they would pet a crouton if they thought it might be, uh, "sad").

    12 votes
  11. spit-evil-olive-tips Link
    A private TV-focused Bittorrent tracker I use has rebranded themselves as itsdinnerti.me, focused solely on food-related TV. They also rigged it up so the normal torrent search returns only food...

    A private TV-focused Bittorrent tracker I use has rebranded themselves as itsdinnerti.me, focused solely on food-related TV.

    They also rigged it up so the normal torrent search returns only food shows.

    11 votes
  12. [5]
    Silbern Link
    Discord has a changlog that says they've deleted the light theme. I'm currently checking to see if it's possible to enable it...

    Discord has a changlog that says they've deleted the light theme. I'm currently checking to see if it's possible to enable it...

    11 votes
    1. [3]
      clerical_terrors Link Parent
      They had te re-enable it after public outcry about it's impact on accessibility options. Turns out the prank wasn't very well thought through and seems to have been largely impulsive. And I agree...

      They had te re-enable it after public outcry about it's impact on accessibility options. Turns out the prank wasn't very well thought through and seems to have been largely impulsive.

      And I agree with the people grilling them for it: this is kind of shitty prank because it interferes with the ability of thousands of people to use the service.

      15 votes
      1. [2]
        masochist Link Parent
        And the same exact argument is why every app needs a similar dark mode. I immediately thought "accessibility" when I read Silbern's comment and I'm not surprised that it was reverted....

        And the same exact argument is why every app needs a similar dark mode. I immediately thought "accessibility" when I read Silbern's comment and I'm not surprised that it was reverted. Accessibility is hard, not because of the technology involved, but because of the empathy involved.

        14 votes
        1. hereticalgorithm Link Parent
          Yeah, I'm photosensitive and light themes give me headaches.

          Yeah, I'm photosensitive and light themes give me headaches.

          3 votes
    2. Aestival Link Parent
      Sadly its still working for me. Would've been better if they would've actaully disabled it for the day

      Sadly its still working for me. Would've been better if they would've actaully disabled it for the day

      4 votes
  13. [7]
    aphoenix Link
    I think /r/diablo has one of the best subreddit CSS pranks of all time.

    I think /r/diablo has one of the best subreddit CSS pranks of all time.

    9 votes
    1. [5]
      asoftbird Link Parent
      I really don't like pranks that interfere with the usage of websites. That page is really hard to read and navigate.

      I really don't like pranks that interfere with the usage of websites. That page is really hard to read and navigate.

      3 votes
      1. aphoenix Link Parent
        Well, there's no information of value there anyways, because the (current) game is dead, and the upcoming game is a mobile disaster that is already almost universally despised by the userbase of...

        Well, there's no information of value there anyways, because the (current) game is dead, and the upcoming game is a mobile disaster that is already almost universally despised by the userbase of the subreddit.

        It's also pretty good CSS that fully supports CTRL + for size increasing.

        9 votes
      2. Cosmos Link Parent
        I'll never forget the stupid periwinkle vs orangered thing reddit did that made the entire site unusable.

        I'll never forget the stupid periwinkle vs orangered thing reddit did that made the entire site unusable.

        5 votes
      3. [2]
        babypuncher Link Parent
        turning off subreddit styling is pretty trivial.

        turning off subreddit styling is pretty trivial.

        2 votes
    2. Silbern Link Parent
      Okay, that is pretty cool. Trying to read it on an Epic 4G is basically impossible though. :P But still really neat!

      Okay, that is pretty cool. Trying to read it on an Epic 4G is basically impossible though. :P But still really neat!

      1 vote
  14. ThreeMachines Link
    There's a pull request on the OCaml repo to add three null types, in order to make it more popular. It's a pretty airtight argument.

    There's a pull request on the OCaml repo to add three null types, in order to make it more popular. It's a pretty airtight argument.

    9 votes
  15. [2]
    Bauke (edited ) Link
    Some subreddit ones I've come across: /r/Piracy posted an early release of Avengers: Endgame https://reddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/b81pjb/avengersendgame20192160pblurayremuxhevcdtshdmatrue/...

    Some subreddit ones I've come across:

    /r/Piracy posted an early release of Avengers: Endgame
    https://reddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/b81pjb/avengersendgame20192160pblurayremuxhevcdtshdmatrue/

    /r/trees reports Reddit has changed their policy, no longer allowing various types of dank posts
    https://reddit.com/r/trees/comments/b7xa05/attention_ents_reddit_has_informed_us_of_some/

    /r/Fallout bans all mentions of New Vegas
    https://reddit.com/r/Fallout/comments/b804yq/with_all_current_obsidian_games_now_moving_to_the/

    /r/shortcuts is now only for discussing keyboard shortcuts
    https://reddit.com/r/shortcuts/comments/b818l9/this_subreddit_is_now_for_discussing_keyboard/

    8 votes
    1. hamstergeddon Link Parent
      As someone who loves Fallout 4 (and to a lesser extent, FO76), I think I'll go enjoy a NV-free /r/fallout for a day.

      As someone who loves Fallout 4 (and to a lesser extent, FO76), I think I'll go enjoy a NV-free /r/fallout for a day.

      2 votes
  16. [6]
    ThatFanficGuy Link
    So, last year the unofficial Dota 2 community manager posted about an "update" to the game which included real-time suggestions for user actions (which is funny) and automated play by the AI...

    So, last year the unofficial Dota 2 community manager posted about an "update" to the game which included real-time suggestions for user actions (which is funny) and automated play by the AI assistant (which is ridiculous).

    This yeah, they did a cosmetic change.

    For context: Silencer has the ability to permanently steal Intelligence (an in-game stat) from the enemy heroes that die in his vicinity. Someone posted the suggestion a few days ago on /r/Dota2. The second hero portrayed, Undying, temporarily steals Strength.

    Both announcements have a "video preview", which is... well, it's the first of April. Can you guess which unusually-deeply-voiced young man is dancing and singing on the other end of the link?

    7 votes
    1. [5]
      ali Link Parent
      I currently have very slow and only mobile internet. What young man do you mean? And is he relevant to Dota only?

      I currently have very slow and only mobile internet. What young man do you mean? And is he relevant to Dota only?

      2 votes
      1. [4]
        vektor Link Parent
        https://i.imgur.com/uSy0Ugj.png It's a rickroll. Ricky don't like Europe.

        https://i.imgur.com/uSy0Ugj.png

        It's a rickroll. Ricky don't like Europe.

        3 votes
        1. [3]
          ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
          O_o How the fuck did that happen?

          The uploader has not made his video available in your country

          O_o

          How the fuck did that happen?

          1. deing Link Parent
            The official "Never gonna give you up" Video hasn't been available in Germany for many years (in fact, as long as I can remember) due to disputes between YouTube and the licensing agency here,...

            The official "Never gonna give you up" Video hasn't been available in Germany for many years (in fact, as long as I can remember) due to disputes between YouTube and the licensing agency here, called GEMA.

            Don't know if they'll ever settle their differences, until then there's a sizable amount of non-blocked versions on YouTube as well.

            1 vote
          2. vektor Link Parent
            Heard that Europe banned the memes and realized that ye ole rickroll is quite the meme? I don't know.

            Heard that Europe banned the memes and realized that ye ole rickroll is quite the meme? I don't know.

  17. [2]
    ainar-g (edited ) Link
    The Russian Wikipedia has switched its main page into pre-1918 orthography. You can notice that by how they use outdated Cyrillic letters, like “ѣ” and “і” (which is technically not outdated in...

    The Russian Wikipedia has switched its main page into pre-1918 orthography. You can notice that by how they use outdated Cyrillic letters, like “ѣ” and “і” (which is technically not outdated in Belarusian and Ukrainian).

    7 votes
  18. [4]
    tiz Link
    Discord turned off light-mode and then turned it back on after the community got mad: https://redd.it/b7xddc

    Discord turned off light-mode and then turned it back on after the community got mad: https://redd.it/b7xddc

    7 votes
    1. [3]
      Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
      This is why the 'Post a comment' box is at the bottom of all threads: https://tildes.net/~misc/by4/megathread_april_fools_day_2019_on_the_internet#comment-2y7s

      This is why the 'Post a comment' box is at the bottom of all threads:

      https://tildes.net/~misc/by4/megathread_april_fools_day_2019_on_the_internet#comment-2y7s

      11 votes
      1. asoftbird Link Parent
        Then again a lot of people will just zoom past and not read anything, just-woke-up me included. :/

        Then again a lot of people will just zoom past and not read anything, just-woke-up me included. :/

        3 votes
      2. tiz Link Parent
        eh, I guess I missed it. I was reading, refreshed the comments, then read again and it must have collapsed it

        eh, I guess I missed it. I was reading, refreshed the comments, then read again and it must have collapsed it

        3 votes
  19. mftrhu Link
    It looks like they put it back already, but I found Devuan's April's fool to be quite amusing - they replaced their homepage with the ASCII-art logo of a "green hat hackers group", with some text...

    It looks like they put it back already, but I found Devuan's April's fool to be quite amusing - they replaced their homepage with the ASCII-art logo of a "green hat hackers group", with some text on the side going

    THE WEB SUCKS -- JAVASCRIPT SUCKS -- BROWSERS SUCK
    GOPHER IS THE WAY -- GOPHER IS THE FUTURE
    ******       DEVUAN.ORG HAS BEEN PWNED       ******
    WE TURNED ALL DEVUAN'S SHITTY WEBSITES INTO PROPER GOPHERHOLES
    

    Others found it less amusing, and thought that the Devuan website got actually hacked.

    The gopherholes, BTW, are still online - if you don't have a gopher client, just do printf "\n" | nc www.devuan.org 70 | sed 's/.\([^\t]*\).*/\1/g' to check it out.

    7 votes
  20. [5]
    Bauke Link
    Some Youtube April Fools' videos Binging with Babish made Brock's "jelly-filled donuts" from Pokémon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RentKWlhUXc Rob Scallon jammed on a double-sided guitar:...

    Some Youtube April Fools' videos

    Binging with Babish made Brock's "jelly-filled donuts" from Pokémon:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RentKWlhUXc

    Rob Scallon jammed on a double-sided guitar:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_s5M48JHFE

    Good Mythical Morning tried some invisible food alternatives:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcWyp6chXdE

    Barny uploaded 5 minutes of his cat to help with depression and anxiety:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GI4ac3QGSE

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      JXM Link Parent
      Bon Appétit is "pivoting to ASMR food videos."

      Bon Appétit is "pivoting to ASMR food videos."

      7 votes
      1. json Link Parent
        They've been making some ASMR jokes in the last few videos with Brad in them. I couldn't be arsed watching the whole 30min video today though.

        They've been making some ASMR jokes in the last few videos with Brad in them. I couldn't be arsed watching the whole 30min video today though.

    2. deciduous Link Parent
      Philosophy Tube has made a Jordan Peterson inspired parody analysis of anime. The Philosophy Of Anime

      Philosophy Tube has made a Jordan Peterson inspired parody analysis of anime. The Philosophy Of Anime

      5 votes
  21. [2]
    JustABanana (edited ) Link
    Jstris added huge blocks
    6 votes
    1. knocklessmonster (edited ) Link Parent
      I hope they keep/fix it as a mode, it's one of my favorite things to do in NullPomino.

      I hope they keep/fix it as a mode, it's one of my favorite things to do in NullPomino.

      3 votes
  22. asoftbird Link
    /r/TheNetherlands does caveman speech posts and comments, and they remove non-conforming posts which is highly annoying :|

    /r/TheNetherlands does caveman speech posts and comments, and they remove non-conforming posts which is highly annoying :|

    5 votes
  23. eve Link
    deviantArt has a new product; khush, allowing you to diffuse and smell all that sweet, sweet arts.

    deviantArt has a new product; khush, allowing you to diffuse and smell all that sweet, sweet arts.

    5 votes
  24. Dovey Link
    Parkbus, a service that takes residents of the big city to provincial parks, has a new plan to return wild animals to the city.

    Parkbus, a service that takes residents of the big city to provincial parks, has a new plan to return wild animals to the city.

    5 votes
  25. [2]
    spit-evil-olive-tips Link
    ThinkGeek has the usual assortment of nonsense, including a Banksy toaster, a Kirby robot vacuum, and a Nerf nuke. Monoprice announced the addition of cassette players to their Monolith high-end...

    ThinkGeek has the usual assortment of nonsense, including a Banksy toaster, a Kirby robot vacuum, and a Nerf nuke.

    Monoprice announced the addition of cassette players to their Monolith high-end audio lineup.

    And a throwback to one of my favorites, Aerostich makes expensive but very well-built motorcycle riding gear. A few years ago they announced a magnetic baby onesie so you can take your infant riding with you. Here's a video showing it in action.

    5 votes
    1. rogue_cricket (edited ) Link Parent
      Once again, ThinkGeek creates an April Fool's product which I would absolutely buy.

      a Kirby robot vacuum

      Once again, ThinkGeek creates an April Fool's product which I would absolutely buy.

      5 votes
  26. SunSpotter Link
    Surprised no one has mentioned whats going on over at https://old.reddit.com/r/wallstreetbets They're promising to mod anyone who comments in this thread and promising full permissions if they...

    Surprised no one has mentioned whats going on over at https://old.reddit.com/r/wallstreetbets
    They're promising to mod anyone who comments in this thread and promising full permissions if they manage to hit #1 on /r/all.

    I'm honestly wondering if the mods are just done with the sub and want to see it go out in a fun way. Either way, I participated just because I want to see what happens.

    5 votes
  27. Crestwave (edited ) Link
    Void Linux has updated their homepage. EDIT: It's been reverted now; you can visit a snapshot of it here.

    Void Linux has updated their homepage.

    EDIT: It's been reverted now; you can visit a snapshot of it here.

    4 votes
  28. Luna Link
    Corsair announced a game launcher launcher on Twitter. Gotta love how they support uTorrent and Limewire!

    Corsair announced a game launcher launcher on Twitter. Gotta love how they support uTorrent and Limewire!

    3 votes
  29. [4]
    Dragon Link
    I'm on vacation so everyone been talking about April fools for like a quarter of the day, while for me it's still March

    I'm on vacation so everyone been talking about April fools for like a quarter of the day, while for me it's still March

    2 votes
    1. [3]
      ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      Are you on vacation on one of those uninhabited Pacific islands? It's 16:20 here, and I'm quite up there, timezone-wise.

      Are you on vacation on one of those uninhabited Pacific islands? It's 16:20 here, and I'm quite up there, timezone-wise.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        Dragon Link Parent
        I'm just on maui, but I wake up late and got to bed late

        I'm just on maui, but I wake up late and got to bed late

        2 votes
        1. Silbern Link Parent
          Hey dude! Writing this from Oahu, I'm at UH Manoa at the moment. Definitely feel you, we're always those couple hours behind the mainland, which makes these kinds of days feel out of place. The...

          Hey dude! Writing this from Oahu, I'm at UH Manoa at the moment. Definitely feel you, we're always those couple hours behind the mainland, which makes these kinds of days feel out of place. The Europeans are already taking their April Fool's down, and it's only noon!

          2 votes
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    1. Bauke Link Parent
      Tildes isn’t meant to replace reddit, it’s meant to be an alternative. Specifically for high-quality discussion and a place where you can go to actually discuss something without being bombarded...

      Tildes isn’t meant to replace reddit, it’s meant to be an alternative. Specifically for high-quality discussion and a place where you can go to actually discuss something without being bombarded by negativity.

      And why wouldn’t we link to reddit, these are things pertinent to the topic.

      14 votes