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As part of the deconstruction of WP:BJAODN, I have removed the April Fools items from the BJAODN page. They can still be found here. Shalom Hello 01:06, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

  • I'll put money on this page being WP:MfD'd real soon, seems anything which doesn't contribute to Wikipedia is being nuked. --tgheretford (talk) 10:58, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

April 1 2010 suggestions[edit]

As an early suggestion (or for any other context where it could be appropriately involved) - a link to Egging involving omelettes, eggheads and similar. Jackiespeel (talk) 17:07, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

And 'Wikiwhacks' (orphaned articles) - based on Googlewhack. Jackiespeel (talk) 22:44, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

Suggestions for 2011[edit]

  • Nominate Grawp for adminship and bureaucratship*
  • Nominate Bambifan101 for adminship and bureaucratship*
  • Move the main page to "HAGGER?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????"* — Preceding unsigned comment added by Access Denied (talkcontribs) 16:51, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, but you can't move the main page, even if you're an admin. Check for yourself if you want. Lanthanum-138 (talk) 03:29, 16 March 2011 (UTC)
Actually, admins can move the Main Page, but they'd first have to modify the text at MediaWiki:Mainpage. Graham87 15:27, 16 March 2011 (UTC)
I meant in the conventional, well-known way... Lanthanum-138 (talk) 12:40, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

I have a pretty darn good suggestion for April Fools Day this year, how about when you click on the main page button (the logo), instead of going to the main page, the whole page turn upside down! I think upside-down jokes are funny.* --Codyrox (talk) 04:26, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

  • Accidentally Disable account creation globally?* Thomas888b (Say Hi) 20:19, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
    • Secret chemical plans by me (classified - will be declassified on April 1) ;-) Lanthanum-138 (talk) 03:25, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

Note: asterisked suggestions were not adopted this year (in 2011), but may be in 2012 (we don't have much time to waste!) Lanthanum-138 (talk) 05:44, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Suggestions for leaving out 2011[edit]

Considering the terrible tragedies at New Zealand and Japan, I suggest that we should leave out 2011 as a mark of respect. What do you think? --Marianian(talk) 18:06, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

That's a terrible idea. Natural disasters happen all the time. Graham87 01:04, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Suggestion for 2012[edit]

Theinhko was a king who was killed by a farmer for the crime of stealing a cucumber from the farmer. The farmer then became king and was known as The Cucumber King. Dismas|(talk) 23:21, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia talk:April fools/April Fools' Day 2012[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia talk:April fools/April Fools' Day 2012. – Lionel (talk) 01:30, 2 April 2012 (UTC)– Lionel (talk) 01:30, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

April fools 2013[edit]

ok, guys, let's plan this one out 2 months ahead. they will never see it coming. let's skip AFD on jimbo, that's gettin old... let's get creative.... Aunva6 (talk) 06:50, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Strong oppose - how will the pranks be funny if they're already planned out in public? If you feel the need to conspire, do it in secret! ;) Kayau (talk · contribs) 10:44, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Merge Wikipedia:Rules for Fools and Wikipedia:April 1 guidelines into this[edit]

This is not a joke. I think it would be good to merge these pages as it may help to eliminate any confusion about the rules. In particular, the two pages in the topic have almost opposite rules. Of course one of them is meant as a joke in itself, but I think april fools rules are one area where we should definitely be as clear as we can be, and not make any jokes. CodeCat (talk) 19:02, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Proposed distillation -
  • Rule 1, Hands off article space and procedural issues that cite article space.
  • Rule 2, Otherwise, lighten up. Someone else might think it's funny.
  • Rule 3, Joke authors, apologize as needed
  • Rule 4, Repeat from top.
NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 19:18, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
This nomination is only for merging the articles, not about their contents. CodeCat (talk) 19:23, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
I fully support merging everything other than the contents of these articles! NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 19:26, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Jokes may be acceptable. meta jokes that make it difficult to understand if jokes are acceptable or not - are not acceptable. support redirect/merge/delete of the joke page for coherence sake. Gaijin42 (talk) 21:16, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

This edit (19:39, 1 April 2014) which added {{humor}} to the "fake" rules solved the problem as far as I'm concerned. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 21:22, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Shouldn't merge them. It is a essay or humor page, and most of the others keep there own page. And as above, anything looking wrong was pretty much **fixed** by that tag.  —Mysterytrey 00:58, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
What about Wikipedia:Rules for Fools though? That could easily go here. CodeCat (talk) 01:05, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Put the distilled version in WP:April Fools, but leave the actual WP:Rules for fools and any other guidelines for on-wiki humor on their own namespaces because, while they're dealing with jokes, they're not jokes in their own right. I'm not sure, but it might be a good idea to put them into the BJAODN template. Supernerd11 :D Firemind ^_^ Pokedex 04:25, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

The destilled version being one my few earnest remarks in all this, I am opposed to adding it to the joke page under the "humorous" label. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 05:40, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
What I mean is that we should put it in a separate section at the top where it's clear that it's not the humorous section (Maybe put it in a box that says something along the lines of "This quick reference list is for informational purposes, please take it seriously (even when the subject matter it deals with is not)"?). That way, it's a tl;dr of Rules for Fools that can be looked at quickly while on the page that it directly affects. Supernerd11 :D Firemind ^_^ Pokedex 14:10, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
I could say I agree with confidence if I saw a mock up, but if I understood you correctly, that is probably a good idea. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 14:11, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
How's this look? Supernerd11 :D Firemind ^_^ Pokedex 15:24, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
Basic guidelines
This is a summary of WP:Rules for Fools, which is not a joke page but is the official April 1 humor guideline and is to be taken seriously,
despite the less-than-serious nature of what it deals with.
Rule 1: Hands off article space and procedural issues that cite article space.
Rule 2: Otherwise, lighten up. Someone else might think it's funny.
Rule 3: Joke authors, apologize as needed.
Rule 4: Repeat from top.
Thanks for doing that; however I think it would be even more confusing to put serious text on the joke page, instead of just flagging the joke page as humor and leaving a straight-up link to the official non-joke guideline. But I could get behind adding this as TL-DR to the serious page. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 16:21, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:April 1 guidelines is confusing because, despite the {{humor}} tag, and perhaps aided by the title, it appears to be the actual rules—especially if the reader doesn't know that Wikipedia:Rules for Fools (WP:FOOLS) exists. I think the clearest way to avoid this without it being mistaken for a joke would be to include an explicit mention of and link to WP:FOOLS in the introduction to the former, along the following lines:

April Fools' Day is a day of celebration on Wikipedia where we test the limits of short tempered Admins by playing jokes and pranks. Some guidelines on making jokes have been established based on last year's Although a set of rules has been established by consensus, the below guidelines have been proposed (in jest) following past complaints by a few of such short tempered Admins and their henchmen who were not amused. Sticking to these guidelines will guarantee that this year's April Fools' Day will be even better than last year's!

Perhaps with the addition of a hatnote:

Not to be confused with the actual rules at Wikipedia:Rules for Fools which are to be taken seriously.

sroc 💬 13:03, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Montreal micro-climate[edit]

Hi. Should joke stub article Montreal micro-climate be saved in some way before deletion? Shawn in Montreal (talk) 20:16, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Boldly moved to User:Benoit Gonneville Damme/Montreal micro-climate (April Fools 2014). davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 21:29, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Ah. I'll try to remember that for next year, thanks. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 21:31, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

April 2015 suggestions[edit]

Chicken Dinner (candy bar) is a famous candy bar with a misleading name, so I think it might make an interesting DYK for April Fool's day. It's chocolate and caramel and nuts (no chicken involved), and it spawned a whole bunch of similarly named Depression-era candy bars. See TIME magazine claiming it to be the first candy bar marketed as being nutritious; see this source on one of its marketing techniques. It gets at least a namecheck in every book that talks about the history of candy bars. WhatamIdoing (talk) 23:23, 11 July 2014 (UTC)