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There was a suggestion that the April Fools' Day Theme is going to be references to the movie [[Wikipedia:Back to the Future|Back to the Future]].<ref>http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/28070/</ref>
  
 
==Re-enabling the censors==
 
==Re-enabling the censors==

Revision as of 23:33, 2 February 2014

April Fools' Day (also known as All Fools' Day) is a cultural holiday[1] celebrated on April 1st by pulling pranks, telling jokes, creating hoaxes, and other humorous things designed to trick people. The Scratch Team sometimes creates April Fools' pranks on the Scratch Website.

Before the Text-based Games Forums were removed, they had (independent) pranks, too, similar to but not the same as the Main Forums.

April Fools Day Pranks

2010

  • The Scratch Forums text at the top of the Scratch Forums was changed to say Scratch Forums - Still only $0.99 (USD) a post!.
  • There was a "suggestion" to eliminate all capital letters and use chatspeak.[2]

2011

Many April Fool's jokes on the website in 2011 were held early, on March 31, for an unknown purpose, possibly to have the pranks ready for Scratchers' in early timezones.

  • Every user's icon changed to the rage face. There were many complaints.[3][4]
  • KajTheModerator appeared, a Community Moderator that had 9003 ("over 9000") posts and supposedly joined the forums on April 1, 1999. On April 15, fullmoon announced that KajTheModerator retired from his position as Community Moderator to spend more time with his family.[5]
KajTheModerator has reported that he wants to spend more time with his family and has retired from the Scratch moderation team. We'll all miss him dearly.

– fullmoon, Community Moderator

On April 1, several word censors were added in the forums and on the main site.

  • Every instance of "Scratch Team" was changed to "a bunch of fluffy kittens". Soon afterwards, it changed into "a bunch of fluffy kittehs".
  • Every instance of the word "you" in forum posts was changed to "pikachu".
    • The Scratch Team member Paddle2See changed his signature to "Treat others as pikachu would like to be tricked :)." (It was supposed to say "you" rather than "pikachu" but the prank forum filter changed it to "pikachu".) Several others changed their signatures as well.
  • Every instance of the words "April" or "Friday" in comments became capitalized and linked to the recent viral video, Friday.
  • Every instance of the word "awesome" in comments made a unicorn appear when clicked, or changes some text on a page to a pink, dazzling, sugarcoated style.

2012

Starting on late March 31st and ending around 10:45 PM on April 1st Scratch Time:

Text-Based Games Forum

  • The Text-based Games Forum is renamed the "Text-Based Hunger Games Forum", with the TBGs forum being called "The District Square" and the RPGs forum being called "The Hob". TBGers were given the rank of "Citizen of Panem", New TBGers the rank of "Tribute", TBG Moderators the rank of "Capitol Gamemaker", and Scratch Team members the rank of "Capitol Cabinet". In addition, "TBG" was censored to "TBHG" and the following announcement was made at the top of the TBGs:

Announcement: This is not a parking garage. This is mahogany. Mahogany hamsters have been found in the Scratch Server Room. We’re currently attempting to reverse the damage caused by them, but they’re not too malicious. In the meantime, please try to enjoy the TBHG Forums despite the recent change. Game on!

-The Gamemakers

All of this is in reference to the popular book and movie series The Hunger Games.

Scratch Forums

  • The mysterious KajTheModerator made another appearance on the Scratch Forums, with the brand new signature "trolololololol !!!".[6]
  • The Scratch Forums were renamed to the "Neigh Forums".
  • Members of the Scratch Team were ranked "Neigh Herd Leader", while Scratchers were given the rank "Pony", and New Scratchers "New Pony".
    Community Moderators were changed to hold the rank "Pasture Monitor", and Retired Community Moderators "Retired Pasture Monitor".
  • The following announcement was made at the top of the forums:
Now 20% cooler!
  • The above was later changed to:
My Little Neigh Pony - Remixing is Magic

Word filters were added:

  • Every instance of "Scratch" was censored to "Neigh". This was removed after it was discovered it was interfering with links.
  • Instead, instances of "Scratcher" were censored to "Pony".
  • Instances of "everyone" and "everybody" were replaced with "everypony".
  • Instances of "somebody" and "someone" were replaced with "somepony".
  • Instances of "anybody" and "anyone" were replaced with "anypony".
  • "facepalm" was censored to "facehoof".
  • "Kaj" was censored to "Discord".
  • "yes" was censored to "eeyup."
  • "computer" was censored to "toaster".
  • "troll" was censored to "parasprite" and "trolling" to "paraspriting".
  • "only" was censored to "ponly"
  • "nobody was censored to "nopony"

All the modifications to the Scratch Forums are in reference to the television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the brony internet phenomenon surrounding it.

  • A rumor was spread on the Announcements saying Scratch 2.0 would be renamed to "Neigh".[7]

Scratch Team Blog

On the main site, an announcement was made:

Scratch 2.0 will have a new name: Neigh! Read about it on our blog!

This linked to this blog post, about how Scratch 2.0 will be called Neigh and will have a pony mascot.

Scratch Wiki

  • In accordance with the forums, the Scratch Wiki changed it's name to "Neigh Wiki", and featured the Neigh logo on the homepage.
  • The featured article shown on the main page was an excerpt from the main page itself, but the "read less" link pointed to this article.

2013

With the approaching release of Scratch 2.0, most of the jokes were about Pico, one of the new default sprites.

Main Site

  • The images on the right side of the Front Page were all changed to a picture of Pico
  • There was a site announcement saying "Unfortunately, we are experiencing technical difficulties due to a rogue sprite." The words "rogue sprite" linked to this project
  • The Popular Tags were changed to "Pico, Pico is great, Pico is so awesome, Pico rules, I love Pico, Pico is much better than that old cat, Pico!!"
  • Any instance of "_bloop_" was shown as a picture of Pico's head, like with "_meow_" [8]

Scratch Forums

  • The Scratch Forums title text at the top of the Scratch Forums was changed to say Pico's Scratch Forums.
  • The same text "Unfortunately, we are experiencing technical difficulties due to a rogue sprite" with the same link appeared as a forum announcement.
  • "and" was censored to "(Bloop!)", and then "(Bloop!!)"
  • "the" was censored to "(Pico Rules!)", and then "(Pico Rules!!)"
  • Several ways some Scratchers found to get around the censor were later censored as well:
    • "th3" turned into "(Pico rules - don't get smart!!)"
    • "4nd" turned into "(Bloop - very tricky!!)"
    • "th[b][/b]e turned into "(Pico still rules!!)"

Scratch 2.0 Blog

A post was made on the 2.0 blog featuring pictures of Pico and the word "BLOOP!".[9]

2014

There was a suggestion that the April Fools' Day Theme is going to be references to the movie Back to the Future.[10]

Re-enabling the censors

Using a userscript found at this forum page, one can re-enable all of the past pranks.

Other Pranks

2012

  • On March 14th (Pi Day as it is 3/14/2012 in the Gregorian date system), all instances of "pi" became "3.14159265..." on the forums.[11]

Images

2010

2011

2012

2013

References

  1. April Fools' Day on Wikipedia
  2. http://archive.scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewtopic.php?id=33178
  3. http://archive.scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewtopic.php?id=59788
  4. http://scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=713817#p713817
  5. http://archive.scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=729218#p729218
  6. http://archive.scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=1190384#p1190384
  7. http://archive.scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewtopic.php?id=93668
  8. http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/post/19781/
  9. http://scratch.mit.edu/news
  10. http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/28070/
  11. http://archive.scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=1171387#p1171387