It would be a refreshing.
I’d also be okay with a single thread where all those stories can live.
I always dread the internet on april fools. For me it’s about equivalent losing my internet connection for a day.
…So I would even be okay with a single thread for all the real stories. Anything to find the real content would be nice.
I went ahead and created the April Fools thread https://lobste.rs/s/0jhxzo/april_fools_day_2014
There are genuinely clever April Fools', hacks that actually took thought and effort, those I want to see. Then there the pedestrian HN variety which boil down to either a “funny” landing page or an outrageous press-release, all meant to paint its expounding entity as fun and/or interesting.
Or tag them with april fool’s tag.
This way people could still have discussions about them, and may even fool some people who aren’t reading the tags :P
It would be cool if the tag were invisible, if you’re not filtering on it. Best of both worlds.
A challenge. I will have to come up with something extra subtle.
I enjoy the april fools content. I’ve vote for allowing it. What reason is there to exclude it ?
Nothing in principle, but on a user-submitted-content site like this, the one or two clever submissions often get lost in a mountain of mediocrity, despite the voting system - or at least that has been my perception.
I haven’t been on Lobsters long enough to know what April Fool’s Day looks like here, but almost every other site I frequent is painful. And not just on April 1st, but parts of March 31st and April 2nd, as well, until the timezones have all gone around.
This seems like what the voting system is meant to solve. I recommend you downvote the crap out of all april fools content if you don’t want to see it. If the voting system is broken, we should fix it.
I think what I’d rather see is less of companies releasing fake products as an April Fool and more of neat hacks involving April Fools.
Maybe I’m just gullible but I would just as soon not have to wonder if I’m being fooled or not.