Thanks Everyone! Third Annual BYC April Fools Day Was LOTS of Fun!

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member 11 Years

    The tradition was set 2 years ago with the first BYC April Fools Day joke . Last year we raised the prank bar to a whole new level.

    This year the entire staff worked together to make this Third Annual BY April Fools Day! It sure was hard keeping up with all the people that kept guessing what was going on. We probably deleted about 300 posts today of people saying things like, "THIS IS AN A-P-R-I-L F00LS DAY JOKE!" Most we tried to send the following PM:

    Congrats on figuring out our 3rd annual BYC APRIL FOOLS Prank! We've removed your post and ask that you don't post that you know what's going on to anyone publicly or via PM (to give others a chance to figure it out on their own).

    If you have any questions, let us know. Have fun and enjoy the show!


    BYC Staff

    Here is the order of events:

    1) At 12:00 AM PST I put the forum in maintenance mode and reset everyone's posts.
    2) I set the system to replace:
    egg with rooster
    chick with hen
    April with BYC
    Fool with member
    3) I posted this thread and made a sticky announcement: "Server Upgrade Good News / Bad News - Post Counts Lost"
    4) Took the forum out of maintenance mode and watched as the fun began.
    5) Later in the day there were a few other word changes and fun

    As of right now all the post counts are correct (including what you posted up to yesterday plus whatever you posted today.

    A HUGE thanks to the BYC Moderators for all their help planning, organizing and keeping up with this very busy day! Also, thanks to all the members that kept the secret once they figured it out. If we ever do this again and you figure it out, please make sure to keep your mouth shut. [​IMG]

    As far as "takeaways" from this experience:

    1) Post counts are not a measure of how important / smart anybody is... just how active they have been on the forum. With that said, when they were gone I know I struggled seeing everyone with very few posts and not knowing who has been around / active on the forum when replying to them.
    2) Information is excellent when it is organized and presented properly, but a mess if it isn't. Help us by keeping the off topic / random ramblings posts in the correct section of the forum.
    3) Our members are super supportive even when they think we've really messed things up.

    Thanks again everyone... you all rock!


  2. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona

    Happy April Fools to all!

    Aren't you gunna tell us who was the first person to guess it was an April folls joke?
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 1, 2009
  3. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    OMG..LOL Thanks that was wonderful!!! I didnt even guess it was a april fools joke!!! Even though I have been pranked all day by friends and family. I NEVER GUESSED IT! GREAT JOB! BIG KUDOS TO THE BYC! [​IMG]
  4. BoiseBubba

    BoiseBubba Serama Psycho

    Feb 11, 2009
    Boise, ID
    I KNEW IT!!!!!!

    Cool guys......

  5. Mikhail

    Mikhail Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    [​IMG] So that's what happened to my post. I was wondering why it disappeared.
  6. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    I don't think I've laughed so hard in way too long trying to get past the rooster for eggs. Thank you!
  7. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

    Mar 23, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    Thanks guys, this was too fun! It was fun to see all the 'roosters' and other crazy thread topics. I had a really good laugh. [​IMG]
    Flufferes likes this.

  8. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    Thanks, it was really fun and made me glad to be a member of such a great place!
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Hey Rob, my Moderator title never came back. Are you still working on
    it or something? [​IMG]

  10. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    That was fun! [​IMG]

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