HRWiki:April Fools' Jokes and Other Baleeted Nonsense

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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 too) and the fake message saying the wiki had been shut down, for 2008 the jumbled text on all the pages, and for 2009 the Homestar Runner-related ads. 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

  • Main Page changed to WikkiTikkiTavi Main Page.
  • Monobook skin changed to tavistyle. As a side effect of the changes that were made, the other skins in the list stopped functioning correctly.
  • Mass public outcry
  • HRWiki:A History modified to reflect the downgrade
  • There was sufficient demand after April 1 that the TaviStyle skin was made a permanent choice in the user preferences. As of April 2, 2008, 43 users have the option selected in their preferences, about a third of whom have visited the wiki within the last year.

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 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

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! 16:11 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 16:11 User:Phlip
Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit! 19:69 PointedSticks
"If you don't step away from the car, I'll chop your fingers on." 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,
"If you don't step away from the car, I'll chop your fingers on."

Logs for 15 September 2019 (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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