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This article is a parody of WP:BJAODN. May it rest in peace.

For the last few years, many changes have been made to the wiki on April Fools' Day. This page hopes to document the changes throughout the years. For 2006, there's the obvious WikkiTikkiTavi styling and the redesigned Main Page, on 2007 CAPTCHA for everybody (sysops included) and the fake message saying the wiki had been shut down, for 2008 the jumbled text on all the pages, for 2009 the Homestar Runner-related ads, for 2010 the renaming of the wiki and the automatic changing of users' signatures to a Homestar Runner character's nickname, for 2011 and 2012 the animated logo, and for 2013 the random link redirection. But what about the rest of the hi-larious pranks that happened? This page hopes to document them as well.

Contents

April Fools' 2006

Main

Related

  • Fanstuff Wiki put up a fake "You have new messages" banner on the main page. All of the tab titles were changed. Users who wished to complain were directed to their own talk page. The sidebar and some of the other messages were also modified.
  • Article → unimportant location
  • Talk → ramble on
  • Edit → drastically alter
  • History → find evidence
  • Move → be willy on wheels
  • Watch → stalk
  • Unwatch → stop stalking
  • Delete → abuse powers
  • Unprotect → unshield
  • You have new messages → j00 hav liek, noo t41k, yo0.
  • This page has been accessed $1 times. → $1 people have eaten this page.

  • My talk → you talk too much
  • My watchlist → stalked people
  • My contributions → stuff i trolled
  • Main Page → Origination Point
  • Fanstuff Guidelines → Orders of our Dictator...s
  • Character Series → Character Crap
  • Recent changes → Current Alterings
  • Random page → RANDOMIZER!
  • Help → N00B Guide
  • Donations → What's Site Support?

Users

April Fools' 2007

Main

  • The CAPTCHA was replaced with one showing Homestar Runner-related words (and the occasional "April Fools" message). It was also made to show up for all edits, sysops included, instead of just for anonymous users and page moves.
  • Main Page changed to a message stating that "The Homestar Runner Wiki has been shut down." After a short time, an "Info" link was added announced the 2007 Spring Fundraising Drive with another message that read, "Scary thought, huh? Please help us make sure that never happens."
  • Partway through the day, any attempt to edit your sig came up with the following message:
This is real.
Image:Warning-gray.png System report:
Please don't edit your sig today. Yes, other people did it, but each time they did it really bogged down the server.
Thanks for understanding.

Users

April Fools' 2008

Main

the How Page Main on Fools' 2008. Day looked April
  • Every page on the website, except Special pages, scrambled the words within each block of text, so that something like the following:
I'm The Homestar Runner! Some folk say I'm a terrific athlete.
Might appear instead as:
Some Homestar I'm say Runner! terrific a folk I'm athlete. The
  • The logo was changed to show Homestar's torso instead of head, and the words "Wiki" and "Homestar Runner" were switched top to bottom. (Homestar still blinked as he peeked over the word "Wiki".)
  • This effect can be seen via Special:Scramble. For example, Special:Scramble/virus.

Users


April Fools' 2009

Main

  • There were ads for Homestar Runner products at the top of each page with the note "Ads by Bookazon".
  • The font color of all of the text on the forum was changed to match the background (in most cases white) to make everything invisible. The text could only be read by highlighting it. Homestar kept his eyes shut and just peeked occasionally.
  • A message was posted on the fanstuff wiki saying that due to lack of funds, it would never be reopened.

Users

  • DeFender1031
    • Sig automatically changed to "His Highness, Sir Hon. Rabbi Dr. DeFender1031 The Third PhD. Esq. ♔ His illustrious talk page".
  • Jay
    • User page was altered to be near-identical to the user page of JoeyDay.
    • Changed his sig to randomly display a different user name, all but one of which were parodies of other users on the wiki. They were all designed to look like a plain blue link, but only one of them linked anywhere: the "no loafing" in "Hamster Loafer... I said no loafing!!!". The complete list of all the user names, including links to the users who were parodied, can be seen here.

April Fools' 2010

Main

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  • The wiki's official name was changed to the Dumb Animal Characters Wiki, with the main page and logo edited to reflect the change.
  • If you tried to change your signature, the system would automatically change it instead to a random nickname from the list below, which came from one of the Strong Bad Emails or the Nicknames page (bold entries were chosen by the system at some point during the day):
Baron von Flexmypecs, Clever Dan, Cornbread, Crapface, Dead Guy Perez, DJ Dumpy Dump, Doodieman, Dumbname, Dumpface, Dumpus, Elizagerth, Genghis Khan't, Helvetica, Meatball Face Butt, Miss America, Miss July, Mr. Nobody, Mr. Prancy-time, Mr. Smarty-Spots, Ol' Bone Legged, Ol' Butt Patterson, Ol' Dumps, Prancibald, Rondleman, Rotting-Dragonsmith, Sir Dumpenheimer, Strong Mad's Girlfriend, That Freakin' Marshmallow, That Stupid Wheelchair Kid, The Dapper Swindler, The Elephant Man, The Human Grate-On-My-Nerves, The Human Wedgie, The King of the Dregs, The Over-Achiever Bandit, The Queen of Pay-Per-View, This Little Weirdo, Valerie, Weird Snake Joe, Wiggidy-wiener, Worldwide Starlet
  • Signatures were in the form: Clever Dan (Talk). The colors were chosen at random from a list that included yellow and white.
  • If you tried to change your signature a second time, you were presented with a fake edit conflict preventing it. (This was for system performance reasons more than to be funny, so that ideally each signature template would not be edited more than once during the day.)
  • If you tried to change your preferences, it would result in a message of "Meh, your preferences are probably fine and you shouldn't change them" to prevent you from pointing to a different signature page in your preferences.
  • Everyone except developers lost the rights to create pages or move subpages, to avoid the creation of alternate signature pages. (This had the side effect of preventing uploads.)
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  • The forum was changed to the H. Star Forum: A companion to the Dumb Animal Characters Wiki. Names and descriptions of the various subforums were tweaked, and H. Star was shown as seen in Xeriouxly Forxe.

Users

April Fools' 2011

Main

  • Homestar was much more animated than usual. Sometimes he would appear upside-down and then fall from the top. Other times he'd peek in from the corners. Occasionally he'd be missing altogether. From time to time he'd say "Boring!" or, after looking around, say "Um... what's going on here?" These actions repeated randomly.

Users

April Fools' 2012

Main

  • Homestar was much more animated than usual. Sometimes he would appear upside-down and then fall from the top. Other times he'd peek in from the corners. Occasionally he'd be missing altogether. From time to time he'd say "Boring!" or, after looking around, say "Um... what's going on here?" These actions repeated randomly.

Users

  • ColdReactive
    • Changed his signature and user page to base64 and hex variants of the originals, respectively.
  • Color Printer
    • Claimed he had a printer error on his user page.
  • Gfdgsgxgzgdrc
    • Changed his user page so all the text was written backwards. He also changed all the image descriptions to say "The Homsar", and changed all the quotes to Homsar, Senor Cardgage, and Drive-Thru Whale quotes.
    • Changed his signature to read "some guy" written upside-down, also changing the words that linked to his other pages.
  • Jay
    • Changed his user page to say a bunch of technically entirely true, but ultimately entirely pointless, phrases, ending with a slight alteration of Mrs. Tompkinsrobotmomerson's similarly useless line from Teen Girl Squad Issue 13.
    • Changed his signature to simply read "A user".
  • RickTommy
    • Replaced his user page with several Yoshi-related pictures.
    • Removed his talk archive.
    • Replaced his Featured Articles list with a condescending note about the Featured Articles.
    • Added a lengthy STUFF discussion to the top of his talk page about whether or not Yoshi can talk, then changed the name beside every existing signature in his talk page to That'sBupkis's.
    • Changed his signature to read, ""Yoshi! Yoshi!" "'Cause that's totally the way I talk."" with a picture of a Yoshi sprite at the end, and the last sentence linking to fan club, the toon where a similar line comes from.
  • SamuelGuy10
    • Inspired by a vandal attack that occurred just before April Fools', he wrote on his user page a sentence contradictory to the one the vandal repeatedly wrote, repeated several times.
  • Super Martyo Brother
    • Changed his user page to display one of five phrases, then added a picture from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" of a dark unicorn eating an apple. This was alongside the phrase, "Thou Furious?"
    • Changed his signature to read, "I HAVE SPOKEN! don't question my methods!"
  • Tenerence Love
    • Replaced his user page with a picture of the HRWiki's main page flipped upside-down.
  • The Knights Who Say Ni
    • Treated his entire user page and signature as base 36 numbers, and converted them into base 10.
  • The thing

April Fools' 2013

Main

  • All the page and tab links were changed to redirect to random pages. Where practical, the links stayed within the same namespace: Links for articles pointed to random articles, talk pages to random talk pages, project pages to random project pages, user pages to random user pages (not including user subpages), and so on. In addition, the tabs kept their functions: Clicking edit on an article would open an edit window of a random article; clicking history would show you the history of a different page in that namespace. For simplicity, generated links (like diffs on history pages and the recent changes page), interwiki links, and links to special pages just pointed to the main namespace. The sidebar links, personal user links (at the top of the page), and external links went unchanged.

Users

April Fools' 2014

Main

  • Homestar was much more animated than usual. Sometimes he would appear upside-down and then fall from the top. Other times he'd peek in from the corners. Occasionally he'd be missing altogether. From time to time he'd say "Boring!" or, after looking around, say "Um... what's going on here?" These actions repeated randomly.

Users

  • The thing
    • Replaced his user page with a terms of service agreement, with the validation linking to a page that contained his actual user page.

April Fools' 2015

Main

  • Homestar was much more animated than usual. Sometimes he would appear upside-down and then fall from the top. Other times he'd peek in from the corners. Occasionally he'd be missing altogether. From time to time he'd say "Boring!" or, after looking around, say "Um... what's going on here?" These actions repeated randomly.

Users

April Fools 2016

Main

  • Homestar was much more animated than usual. Sometimes he would appear upside-down and then fall from the top. Other times he'd peek in from the corners. Occasionally he'd be missing altogether. From time to time he'd say "Boring!" or, after looking around, say "Um... what's going on here?" These actions repeated randomly.

Users

  • Purple Wrench
    • Assumed the identity of "The Purple Wrench Preservation Society", claiming to have preserved the Purple Wrench behind plexiglass for being one-of-a-kind.
      • Encased his user page and talk page behind a CSS gradient, restricting access to both of the pages (preceding links only work on April 1; click here to view the user page year round).
      • Changed his sig accordingly (archived on current sig page).
      • Appended all of his edit summaries with "(edited by the purple wrench preservation society)".
  • RickTommy
    • Replaced his user page with a notification that the page had been nominated for some award.
    • Translated his signature into thirteen different languages that do not use the Latin alphabet.

Other Baleeted Nonsense

From the Sandbox


HRWiki:Spambox (started by BazookaJoe)

Edgar´s Baby´s Daddy
HRWiki Junkmail Filta
Subject Time Sender
Steep prices and... Trees! 2:T2 Elcool
Re: can i be a bureaucrat! 10:22 BazookaJoe
Make The Poopsmith's Shovel again ;) 10:22 BazookaJoe
Re: re: re: reverting 10:22 BazookaJoe
AAAAAAAAA! 10:23 BazookaJoe
Possible vandal 10:23 BazookaJoe
STUFF so low!!!! 10:23 BazookaJoe
NSMC vs. NSMB 10:24 BazookaJoe
It´s almost 10:25!! 10:24 BazookaJoe
Low rates on neu sbam filda!!#3 10:24 BazookaJoe
Low rates on neu sbam filda!!#3 10:25 BazookaJoe
Low rates on neu sbam filda!!#3 10:25 BazookaJoe
Re: Fwd: Cc: Aa: No subject 3:49 Venusy
Good deals on Spam 3:53 Venusy
Get credit card info stolen FAST 2:25 Bluebry muffin
The next Change of Pace?!? HAW? Has Matt?
Spam moved to Spam ON WHEELS! 10:04 Wheely Willy
Grues: How likely are YOU to get eaten? NaN Venusy
Marry mE SB NOW Supermodel
No way, Crap for brains 69:42 Strong Bad
Man, who's that Phlip guy? He´s awexome! 03:19 Not Phlip
bONUS sTAGE iZ t3h PWnz!1 6:23 bONUS sTAGE!11!11
Surprise! Ice-cream sandwhiches! 16:02 FireBird
Surprise! Ice-cream sand witches! 16:02 BazookaJoe
Firefox or die! 3:02 Fox Joe
Obligitory Homsar quote A:AA Has Matt?
TELL WHAT U THINK! LOL Forum dude
Pre: pre: preeeow 7:20 The Paper
ert+ y76p; '0lu8jkyee;u4p;e'/Rh DLT Linux
what's a 'internet'/ S:OS noob
'Nuff said 1:28 Rogue Leader
You are trolling! Why! 25:95 662.663.664.665
GOODBYE WORLD! 12:00 xXx_EMO punk EMO_xXx
Request: Make 127.0.0.1 a sysop 05:09 Venusy
Isn't that great?! 18:41 Saddy Dumpington
Re: Re: Re: Fwd: Re: Yawn: Re: Ultimate Email of Epic Final Conflict 03:19 User:Phlip
Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit! 19:69 PointedSticks
"I'm the ghost of Christmas Past!" Aa:Aa ACupOfCoffee

And then I'll go and spoil it all... (originally posted by The Chort)

And then we'll go into a quiet little place and have a drink or two,
And then I'll go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like,
"I'm the ghost of Christmas Past!"

Logs for 24 October 2018 (started by Has Matt?)

Optimistic Fool takes over!

Optimistic Fool parodied several sigs he said were "the most recognizable on the talk pages [he] looked through". Some users thought this was funny and should be archived, so here it is.

Potential New Sigs

In no particular order:

Suggested Sigs

Let's keep this in mind for April 1st, 2009, eh? Wah ha ha! =]

From Talk Pages

Ohhh, people with too much time on their hands...

Originally posted by Venusy:

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Translated from binary ASCII, this gives "-.-- --- ..- .... .- ...- . - --- --- -- ..- -.-. .... - .. -- . --- -. -.-- --- ..- .-. .... .- -. -.. ... .. ..-. -.-- --- ..- -.. . -.-. --- -.. . -.. - .... .. ... -- . ... ... .- --. . - .-- .. -.-. . .-.-.-" which is Morse code for "You have too much time on your hands if you decoded this message twice."

Phlip responded with:

....- ---.. -.... ..-. --... --... ..--- ----- -.... .---- -.... ..--- -.... ..-. --... ..... --... ....- ..--- ----- -.... ----. -.... -.... ..--- ----- ....- ----. ..--- ----- -.... ....- -.... ..... -.... ...-- -.... ..-. -.... ....- -.... ..... ..--- ----- -.... ----. --... ....- ..--- ----- --... ....- --... --... -.... ----. -.... ...-- -.... ..... ..--- -.-. ..--- ----- --... ..--- -.... ..... --... ...-- --... ----- -.... ..-. -.... . -.... ....- ..--- -.-. ..--- ----- -.... .---- -.... . -.... ....- ..--- ----- --... ....- -.... ---.. -.... ..... -.... . ..--- ----- -.... ..... -.... . -.... ...-- -.... ..-. -.... ....- -.... ..... ..--- ----- -.... ----. --... ....- ..--- ----- --... ....- --... --... -.... ----. -.... ...-- -.... ..... ...-- ..-. ..--- ----- ....- ....- -.... ..-. ..--- ----- ....- ----. ..--- ----- --... ...-- --... ....- -.... ----. -.... -.-. -.... -.-. ..--- ----- -.... ---.. -.... .---- --... -.... -.... ..... ..--- ----- --... ....- -.... ..-. -.... ..-. ..--- ----- -.... -.. --... ..... -.... ...-- -.... ---.. ..--- ----- --... ....- -.... ----. -.... -.. -.... ..... ..--- ----- -.... ..-. -.... . ..--- ----- -.... -.. --... ----. ..--- ----- -.... ---.. -.... .---- -.... . -.... ....- --... ...-- ...-- ..-.

This is morse code for "48 6F 77 20 61 62 6F 75 74 20 69 66 20 49 20 64 65 63 6F 64 65 20 69 74 20 74 77 69 63 65 2C 20 72 65 73 70 6F 6E 64 2C 20 61 6E 64 20 74 68 65 6E 20 65 6E 63 6F 64 65 20 69 74 20 74 77 69 63 65 3F 20 44 6F 20 49 20 73 74 69 6C 6C 20 68 61 76 65 20 74 6F 6F 20 6D 75 63 68 20 74 69 6D 65 20 6F 6E 20 6D 79 20 68 61 6E 64 73 3F", which is hex ASCII (rather than binary, for so-called "brevity") for "How about if I decode it twice, respond, and then encode it twice? Do I still have too much time on my hands?"

Venusy replied:

42 61 20 6c 62 68 65 3f 20 47 75 6e 67 27 66 20 76 67 3f 42 61 20 6c 62 68 65 63 76 79 72 20 62 73 20 66 72 70 65 72 67 20 4e 6d 67 72 70 20 74 62 79 71 ? 42 65 20 62 61 20 6c 62 68 65 70 6e 65 20 63 75 62 61 72 ? 4f 68 67 20 6e 61 6c 6a 6e 6c 2c 20 6c 72 66 2e videlectrix.png52 41 48 46 4c discussionitem_icon.gifuser.gifmail_icon.gif

Decoded from hex ASCII, this is "Ba lbhe? Gung'f vg? Ba lbhe cvyr bs frperg Nmgrp tbyq? Be ba lbhe pne cubar? Ohg naljnl, lrf. videlectrix.pngRAHFL", after ROT13, that gives "On your? That's it? On your pile of secret Aztec gold? Or on your car phone? But anyway, yes. videlectrix.pngENUSY"

Phlip came back with:

⠓⠥⠓⠦  ⠊  ⠙⠑⠋⠊⠝⠁⠞⠑⠇⠽  ⠎⠁⠊⠙  ⠦⠕⠝  ⠍⠽  ⠓⠁⠝⠙⠎⠴  ⠁⠞  ⠞⠓⠑  ⠑⠝⠙  ⠞⠓⠑⠗⠑⠲⠲⠲  ⠁⠝⠽⠺⠁⠽⠎⠂  ⠞⠓⠁⠞  ⠺⠁⠎  ⠋⠥⠝⠂  ⠇⠑⠞⠄⠎  ⠝⠕⠞  ⠙⠕  ⠊⠞  ⠁⠛⠁⠊⠝⠲  ⠶⠊⠝⠉⠊⠙⠑⠝⠞⠁⠇⠇⠽⠂  ⠺⠓⠁⠞  ⠁⠗⠑  ⠞⠓⠑  ⠉⠓⠁⠝⠉⠑⠎  ⠕⠋  ⠞⠓⠊⠎  ⠑⠝⠙⠊⠝⠛  ⠥⠏  ⠕⠝  ⠽⠕⠥⠗  ⠃⠁⠇⠑⠑⠞⠑⠙  ⠝⠕⠝⠎⠑⠝⠎⠑  ⠏⠁⠛⠑⠦⠶  --⠏⠓⠇⠊⠏ 

Which is Braille for "Huh? I Definately said "on my hands" at the end there... anyway, that was fun, let's not do it again. (Incidentally, what are the chances of this ending up on your baleeted nonsense page?) --phlip TC" – if you can't read it (if you don't have the appropriate font) you can see it here. Venusy couldn't read it, so that's where the conversation ended.

Workin' on the Article

The Chort had this little conversation with an "annony".

REMEMBER THESE DAYS?!The Chort 16:00, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

i yeah

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THESE DAYS?!The Chort 16:01, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
Uh it was a wile ago 86.147.22.231 16:03, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
THE HEYDAYS!!The Chort 16:03, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
i can spel hay 86.147.22.231 16:05, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
WHERE'S THE GRAMMAR?!The Chort 16:06, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
i cant use it anymore 86.147.22.231 16:09, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
L33T? WHAT, DO YOU THINK YOU'RE A ROBOT?!The Chort 16:10, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
no realy i thouht i was a grammer man 86.147.22.231 16:12, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
WELL, START TYPING LIKE ONE!The Chort 16:13, 10 August 2008 (UTC)


Matthew Chapman (born November 1, 1976) is the younger of The Brothers Chaps. He and his brother Mike are the principal creators of the Homestar Runner body of work. Matt is the voice actor for almost all of the characters on the site. He is married to Jackie Chapman, who had a brief cameo in Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer. They currently have one child. 86.147.22.231 16:17, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

That's what I'm talking about! – The Chort 16:18, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
its my good grammar paragraph 86.147.22.231 16:20, 10 August 2008 (UTC)


The "XL ProTime VHS/VCR Player" is the brand of Videocassette recorder that appears in various toons and was first seen in Strong Bad Email 12:00. The mechanical issues such as tracking problems, visible vertical rainbow, and the ubiquitous blinking 12:00 are a running joke. It is usually seen on top of the Telebision. 86.147.22.231 16:23, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

It's great. Let's Now, see Cut! Print! Put it in the article! – The Chort 16:24, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
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