April Fools - BYC Hacked!!

Discussion in 'Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    Yes, this was the Best April Fools Day EVER!!!

    Dang it has been a super fun day… what a hoot! My wife and I have been laughing like crazy since this began last night arount 10:30 pm.

    This April Fools has been a year in the making since our last April Fools day prank:


    So, did you discover the things we changed on the BYC Forum?

    Here is what I changed last night:

    1. I changed the setting for the “Online timeout” (the number of minutes a user must be idle before being removed from the online users list.) from 15 minutes to 24 hours. This was really fun to see how many active members we have signed up within a 24 period: 1,182 member and 7,209 guests!!!
    2. I changed all the moderators’ titles to member and members’ titles to moderator.
    3. I banned Cynthia (the #1 poster on the forum)

    We (all the BYC Staff… we’be been planning this for a while) went into this thinking people would be confused about the title changes and maybe even baffled that our beloved Cynthia would be banned! Well, within minutes we realized that people thought the forum had been hacked. KStaven and I were the only staff online so we quickly reacted. He had the great idea to change a few names (he started the whole thing by changing the first handful of titles) and then I set myself to “banned”.

    It all spun into craziness from there. The rest of the staff jumped in quickly and began changing titles left and right. It was fun to see people guessing what was going on. Even more fun to see people who thought I was changing all the titles myself (yeah, like I have that kind of time).

    Also, contrary to many of the posts, the “cleanup” of this will actually be very easy (exactly how I planned it). Here’s what will happen:

    1. I’ll change the default “Moderator” and “Member” titles back (3 minutes)
    2. I’ll delete all the custom titles (don’t worry, I’ve got all of them copied and will post them below)
    3. I’ll change the online timeout back to 15 minutes

    Some of you have expressed sadness to see the fun titles go away. Unfortunately this must happen, BUT we’ve got a fun idea to help keep this alive. See more details here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=448405

    like to link to all of the threads that spun out of this crazy day… I’m going to post links below. If I miss some, please reply and post a link to the thread I missed related to this April Fools gag.

    Congratulations to the BYC members and staff for making this an April Fools day to remember forever! Also a big thanks to everyone who played along and helped the BYC Staff prove that this forum is a perfect balance between education and having fun. This is what makes www.BackYardChickens.com the best chicken community in the universe!

    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 8, 2013
  2. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    Username Title
    Nifty-Chicken BANNED
    eggchel Mystery Member
    terrielacy Addicted to Quack
    adoptedbyachicken livin' in the coop ever since
    allen wranch Once a Moderator...
    LittleChickenRacingTeam Moderator Munchie Provider
    KsTornado11 peanut butter on a spoon
    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Queen of Fluff
    EweSheep Queen of My Forums
    LilPeeps Just wishin' and hopin' and thinkin'
    Sharisr32 Terrie's Poke in the Ribs
    chickbea Clueless As Usual
    CarriBrown Banned by now
    mom'sfolly Chicken Lover
    silkiechicken Not cool at all
    kstaven underoo
    NiftyChick Banned by association
    Tuffoldhen Queen for a day
    Arklady Done Been Made Dizzy
    Hope0491 Very Exciting
    speckledhen BANNED
    dustin biery To Be Analyzed Next
    gabbyabbychicky87 You should stop by more often
    peeps7 Nice Horse
    justinszoo Who's silly now?
    Blisschick Loves Fried Chicken Livers
    Crunchie Equally Confused
    HenHaven Easily Entertained
    gamebirdsonly Amused
    MeanQueenNadine Marsha, Marsha, Marsha ...
    chickflick Has Flower Power
    BearSwampChick Spinach in my teeth
    Lunachick The Pretty One
    Chirpy Chief Laughing Guts
    Corey NC I asked for 'A Name'
    wynedot55 Messed with
    doc_gonzo evil genious? are you sure?
    tiffanyh Butter Bean
    jkcove08 BO HOOO
    arwmommy Mommy Needs A Chocolate Bar
    M.J eating jelly beans
    Critter Crazy Moderation, Grasshopper
    CoyoteMagic Broken Fingers
    silkhope A New Title
    flyingmonkeypoop Moderator of Cool Poop
    GUIENALADY Moderator of Guineas
    Poison Ivy Need help with my duct tape
    Frozen Feathers Lost her magic wand [​IMG]
    MissPrissy Where is EggHead?
    S n M Poultry Unfunny Wabbit
    TheNewChick Popcorn Princess
    okiechick57 Missing out on all the fun
    lacyloo Violated rules: 1 & 3
    dreamgirl Dream Moderator
    menkot Spankin' Hacker
    mamaboyd BYC Laundry Clerk
    rooster-red Under The Control of The Big Chicken
    Buff Hooligans brilliant and good-looking
    sara Along for the trip
    Katy Chicken Princess
    silkieluvr chicken pot pie -> in your grocers freezer section
    s6bee You are being ignored
    wegotchickens Jukebox Hero
    CityGirlintheCountry Sparky's Bud
    Chicken_boy Little Lord Fauntleroy
    MTtroutwithwings Free For All
    hypnofrogstevie Toad Stool
    Patchofheaven Dangerous
    turnerstar31 Did you hack this site?
    1acrefarm Banned Everyone
    Ga Chicken Mom See anything?
    nccountrygirl tater tots without ketchup
    siz8003 Something Fun
    Sparks Too Much Time, Too Few Hands
    arlee453 Special
    5azsisters faux mod for a day
    Frogtown Just a Moderator
    chickenlady Gone To The Library
    hooligan Chicken of Punk Rock
    chickenworld Not any more!
    Stormhorse23 Rust Bucket
    Cheryl Who are you? Where's Cheryl?
    seminolewind cranky pants needs have a nappy poo
    headbangingrooster Not Messed With At All
    keeperofthehearth Keeper of all Chicken Buisness
    RubberChickenLubber anything other than moderator
    Marlinchaser Jr. Hacker
    Kanchii Wrong Guess [​IMG]
    tx_dane_mom BYC Help Desk Asst.
    kaacres Loved by all
    Siddonzo What Title?
    Redfeathers In The ZONE
    texaschickmama Chick'n Farmer
    ilovemychickies Give me a banana
    Farmer Kitty Snowball fight!!!!!!!!!!
    jeaucamom Official BYC Protester
    CuddlesXL Moving up in the World
    GracefulBantams Confused Again
    SloCrevs Creative Enough?
    Cassandra Fired
    TerrasCritters cute name too
    Henrietta23 Cornbread 'n Collards
    Wildsky Word
    Cat's Critters A Cool Name
    countryboy Knows the Secret Password
    gritsar Nap time
    Cocky Annoyed
    a2ms4chickens Gone Back To Work
    ksacres hacked your title too [​IMG]
    Crazy4Chicks What about you?
    halo bok bok
    bunch-a-chickens Lead Finger on the Smilie Button
    jmk3482 Ridiculously Cheesy
    newnanchic Needs Fresh Drawers
    Tsagirl Trick or Treat?
    Josie BYC Janitor
    2dream Probably Fired
    justino15 Dreamer
    Bawkadoodledoo Chickenpoop Forklift Driver
    tiki244 Who Are You?
    tebs78 Gone quackers
    runamuck I'm special, too
    Malbri Fed the horses
    ChicknThief Sleepless in Nor Cal
    mangled BYC Junkie
    BaldMonkey Banned for attacking members
    ams3651 Home Alone
    mergmet Title Insightful
    Cheekon Chickinistrator
    Parsonswife I need a foot massage
    pips&peeps Moderator in training
    Smartys Moderator
    plapczynski Hayseed
    Alexis The Original Colonel Sanders
    d.k more posts than MissPrissy/SpeckledHen combined
    missmandy Only a moderator
    tnkinhunting seeing is believing
    CritterHill Squarl for Dinner
    airmom1c05 Chicken Moderator
    Shelanie BYC Addict
    horsejody Mod for 2 days
    thechickman04 chicken butt
    K&H Chicken Farm Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
    krazchick101 Or was it you?
    twigg Occupied
    Chickenboy8 "I am a Idiot", he said with a smile [​IMG]
    ebaribault King for a day
    GwenFarms Lazy Member
    cooliseo Just Laughing
    doodledoo chicken salad sandwich
    ZykloniaDark-GothikRanchr Sunny D
    WillsMama93 I'm gonna be fired for laughing out loud
    lil' Okie Not the Only One
    FrontPorchIndiana Moderator of Interesting Things
    silkieboxerluv Confused Moderator
    nautical_bouy Extra Boring Life
    chicktasticvt enough is enough
    zippychickens I did it
    maineiac Paid my dues
    Guitartists Moderator of the Mundane
    ChickenladyinMN Started My BYC Day!
    halfwaynowhere Halfwaymoderator
    gumpsgirl Fried Taters and Onions
    cluckychick Abnormal
    goatkeepers What about you?
    retiredsailor6 New Kid On The Block
    @migocontodos~ You ain't Todd
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Job well done my friend
  4. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana

    But it's over. [​IMG]

    R.I.P. Popcorn Princess. =[
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 1, 2008
  5. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Who knew the Internet could make me laugh harder than my ex-boyfriend...
  6. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Songster

    Aug 16, 2007
    GREAT! Job Guys and Gals. What a fun day!!![​IMG]
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing


    Well done!
  8. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    This was just BRILLIANT!!! I have never had a more fun April Fools. This staff, and this site ROCK!!! [​IMG]
  9. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Songster

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    I certainly enjoyed it [​IMG] I can't believe HOW much time I MADE available just to sit on this forum in the last 24 hrs! I needed a pick-me-up and you guys did great. (as ususal!)

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