April Fools - BYC Hacked!!


BYC Staff
17 Years
Dec 26, 2006
California - SF East Bay
My Coop
My Coop
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!

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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

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

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

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

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
I certainly enjoyed it
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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