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It would be a refreshing.


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    I’d also be okay with a single thread where all those stories can live.

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      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.

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        I went ahead and created the April Fools thread https://lobste.rs/s/0jhxzo/april_fools_day_2014

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        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.

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          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

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            It would be cool if the tag were invisible, if you’re not filtering on it. Best of both worlds.

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            A challenge. I will have to come up with something extra subtle.

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              bah, humbug.

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                I enjoy the april fools content. I’ve vote for allowing it. What reason is there to exclude it ?

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                  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.

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                    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.

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                      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.

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                    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.

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                      Yes please.

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                        Maybe I’m just gullible but I would just as soon not have to wonder if I’m being fooled or not.