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Are we doing anything on main page for April Fools Day. Being a comedy website I suggest that we do however I'm not sure if it's a tradition here (just after I joined I remember that RAHB did one without people's permission and got a hefty ban). Any ideas? Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 20:52, March 28, 2014 (UTC)

A fake warning message when a reader will visit Uncyclopedia? Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 10:07, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
We could go for a current affairs joke. Something maybe about Russian aggresion on the website. Alternatively we could go for a spoof of a wikipedia april fools joke. Imply that the joke is so lame that it suits wikipedia. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 10:18, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
We could do a fake warning message about Russia. Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 10:21, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
What would be the theme. "Putin takes over/bans this website" is too clichéd. I think we should do it on something less mainstream in the news. Or we could do a spoof of a wikipedia april fool's joke. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 10:25, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
Do you think they'll have one? Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 10:25, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
I dunno but I expect they will, even the BBC does and that's saying something. Even if they don't we can imagine what it would be like. That's why we could do an April Fool's Day joke that in a funny way is lame to parody a Wikipedia one. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 10:28, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
How about turning the main page upside down? Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 10:30, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
That's actually not a bad idea for a joke but not sure it's appropriate for April Fool's Day as April Fool's Day is about telling an outrageous lie. If there was an International Upside Down Day then that might be good then. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 10:43, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
How about changing our logo to Wikipedia's one for one day and making the main page look like Wikipedia's one while keeping all the content the way it is? Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 10:52, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
Do you know how hard it is to create an upside-down page? (Which is why we don't have a good one yet.)
I'd like to have a reskin front page of some description. No idea what though.                               Puppy's talk page01:17 pm 30 Mar 2014
As you too are playing with gradients, you should know it is easier than it used to be to create an upside-down page (on some browsers). BODY transform: rotate(180deg); Spıke ¬ 13:23 30-Mar-14
Puppy, can you make the entire page swirl away like in Tropical cyclone? Aleister 13:26 30=3=14
Any ideas Spike or Al? Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 13:27, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

From Spike's talk page

Are we going to do anything for April Fools. I suggest we'd do, it shows we're still active. If so any ideas? Thanks. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 13:08, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

Replace every page with a redirect to Conservapedia!                               Puppy's talk page01:10 pm 30 Mar 2014
We could do a anti-religion spoof on main page. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 13:23, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
These jokes should be topical and ultimately not interfere with the use of the site. Topical stuff concerning people's religion or politics that is not tightly bound to current events leaves people wondering what axe the author is grinding, as I've often written about UnNewses. I don't think there is any doubt that we are still active, but let me know what tweaks you need to things. The top-of-page site notice hasn't been changed in a while; perhaps rather than the usual plea for funds we are starting a blood drive "to keep the site alive." Spıke ¬ 13:27 30-Mar-14
You mean instead of a donate money plea, we make a banner that asks to donate blood to keep our biological servers running? That's a brilliant idea. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 13:31, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
Symbol for vote For.                               Puppy's talk page01:33 pm 30 Mar 2014
Of course, the user would not need to deal with Paramedics but could contribute blood electronically, as our society is now not only cheque-free but bloodless (instructions need to be written). Spıke ¬ 13:33 30-Mar-14
And what about Aleister's idea about Tropical cyclone? It would be funny. Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 15:25, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
See below. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 16:28, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

List of ideas

Please add ideas to the list and justify them in the discussion above. Thanks. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 13:27, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

  • Upside down main page.
  • Conservapedia spoof main page.
  • Russia-Ukraine themed front page joke.
  • Parody of a wikipedia April Fools main page joke.
  • Blood donation plea. (Parody of wikipedia's money donation plea)
  • Tropical cyclone-like front page

Voting Time

Time to decide which April Fools Joke we should do. Only two votes each please ladies!

Upside down front page

Score: 0

Conservapedia front page spoof

Score: 0

Russia-Ukraine themed front page

Score: 0

Parody of a Wikipedia-style lame April Fools Joke front page

Score: 1
  1. Symbol for vote For. We are effectively a parody of wikipedia so we might as well. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 13:44, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

Blood donation plea banner (spoof of wikipedia money donation)

Score: 5
  1. Symbol for vote For. We can always drink the blood if people believe the joke. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 13:43, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
  2. I'm feeling very sanguine about that idea.                               Puppy's talk page02:16 pm 30 Mar 2014
  3. This suggestion gives me pleasant feelings. --ChiefjusticeGameBoy 15:13, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
  4. Symbol for vote For. Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 15:24, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
  5. Should be a large banner, maybe 1/3 of the page. And tropical cycloned. Aleister 15:34 30=3=14

Tropical cyclone like page

Score: 2
  1. Why not the blood donation page with the tropical cyclone angle thrown in? Aleister 15:34 30=3=14
  2. Symbol for vote For. We could make a joke banner and the cyclonic main page at the same time! Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 16:10, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
    I'm not making that one again. Once was enough.                               Puppy's talk page04:25 pm 30 Mar 2014
    Now ScottPat, who thinks this site is a comedy site when I think it's a satire site (they overlap but are not the same, and I can accept that's its both), edit-conflicted me down below. I'll post all of this with my original time, at the bottom:
    But there is no "we" when it comes to his. The only one, as far as I know, that can do it is our Potatochopper of the Year, Puppy. Puppy once made a 3D image travel into 4D, turn around on itself, and come out not only in 2D, but in pre-technocolor 2D. He is a code god. Puppy, is it possible you can make the blood banner do that for the front page, and if so, would you be willing to give it a go? A thanks you and a please to both questions. thanks for being who you be, Aleister 16:25 30-3-14
    Damn edit conflict copy paste, now I lost my post in-between. I had said that now that Puppy left his comment we can see how amazing that code was. A masterpiece. Aleister 16:33 30-3-14

Blood donation idea

For instructions, see 2014 Uncyclopedia Blood Drive

I'll leave the vote running till tomorrow so that everyone has a chance to vote but it seems like the blood donation banner will be the idea we go with.

For the blood donation poster I think we should do it in the same style as the spoon's donation banner. Have a picture of a needle full of blood or an eerie operating table and then the writing on top of that describing how we need blood to feed our vampire admins or servers or whatever and then where the spoon has their "read about" button we just link it to a page that says "APRIL FOOLS!" in big letters. Good idea? Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 16:27, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

Tropical cyclone Idea

As for Aleister's idea I'm not sure what exactly is supposed to happen as I clicked on Tropical cyclone and I no animation has occured. The question is is it April Fools themed? The Main page twirling away is a great idea like having the main page turned upside down but I'm not sure that it's appropriate for a day where we tell a fib and try to pass it off as seriousness, it seems to have little to do with it. I propose we leave the cyclonic main page idea out for now and do that to the main page on another annual special event like "International Hurrican Day" (or something along those lines). Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 16:27, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

Click on the link to the page, then start reading it and try to reach the bottom (it's not very long). Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 17:04, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
A damn masterpiece of coding, I'll say it every time. Aleister 17:07 may I say "a few minutes later", 17:08 30=3=14

Conclusion

Right then you've had plenty of time to vote and more importantly we have run out of time to vote.

I propose we do as follows: Romartus (or whoever's responsible) puts up a blood donation banner on the main page with a grisly picture and a caption like: "Uncyclopedia needs your help to survive. Please donate blood generously" (some wording along those lines). On a tab or link at the bottom that reads "Read more" it links to Spike's helpful blood donation page.

This should all be up and running as soon as because it's probably already April Fool's Day in Aussie land. We can probably take it down at midday West American time zone as this should cover April Fool's Day for all. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 18:16, March 31, 2014 (UTC)

All right. Spıke ¬ 18:27 31-Mar-14

Picture

Could we not add a big picture in on the banner and have a link to your page below? I was thinking more this:
UncyclopediaBloodDonation
With a "Read more" link below. It'll stand out more. Your decision though. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 18:42, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
Thanks a lot Spike. I'm afraid however that even though the site banner has enlarged, on my screen there is simply a big clickable blank piece of space, which when I click on it takes me too the blood donation picture. Might be just my poor internet speed or computer but could you just check to see whether it works for you? Thanks again, you've done a great job so far. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 19:01, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
It does appear on my screen but takes a while to load. Don't know whether you can make it take shorter to load, maybe if I uploaded JPEG instead of PNG? Thanks. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 19:06, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
Now loading instantly! YAY!!! Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 19:07, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
It is loading instantly because it is in your cache. For the rest of us, it is still 269,000 bytes. The file format is less important; if you could resample it and reupload a smaller file that still has the required resolution, we would all benefit. Spıke ¬ 19:09 31-Mar-14
That one is bigger Spıke ¬ 19:14 31-Mar-14
Sorry didn't read. Will try that now. Seperately, I thought we ought to have explained the reason for donation hence the short section on your link. If you don't like it then at least give some explanation surely. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 19:17, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
It is now a JPEG and 39,000 bytes (despite the fact it says it is a PNG). Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 19:20, March 31, 2014 (UTC)

Spike, would you mind doing [[File:UncyclopediaBloodDonation.png|center|600px|link=2014 Uncyclopedia Blood Drive|alt=Donate here!|Click here to find out how YOU can save Uncyclopedia!]] or something similar?                               Puppy's talk page07:21 pm 31 Mar 2014

Do you have that right? A caption on something that isn't a thumbnail? Spıke ¬ 19:24 31-Mar-14
Is it appearing for you Puppy? If anyone has any hints on making the file size smaller I'll take them. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 19:25, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
Caption comes up as tooltip (hover) text. Give me a second though as I have an idea.                               Puppy's talk page07:28 pm 31 Mar 2014
Spike: Here's a version at only 20,000 bytes. Should do the trick. File:UncyclopediaBloodDonation.gif. Just swap that version for the current one. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 19:32, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
Great guys. Thanks a lot to both of you. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 19:50, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
As an alternative (at File talk:BloodDonate.jpg):
Donate here! Uncyclopedia needs
your help to survive.
A donation of just one
litre of your blood can
feed an admin for a
whole month.

Click here to find out how you
can contribute electronically
I'd also protect the pages linked from the banner, as well as the image. Just for paranoia's sake.                               Puppy's talk page08:02 pm 31 Mar 2014

End of April Fools Day

It's just gone 6 here in Britain so everybody must have gone past midday now. I think it's therefore time to take the notice down. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 17:05, April 1, 2014 (UTC)

  1. How-you-say, "UTC"?
  2. In favor of what? Spıke ¬ 17:26 1-Apr-14
PS — It being a Site Notice, it is automatically taken down for each individual Uncyclopedian when they click "Dismiss," and remains dismissed until we think of something new to merit a new Site Notice. Spıke ¬ 17:28 1-Apr-14
Excellent joke! Well done. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 17:29, April 1, 2014 (UTC)
Folks, let me introduce Romartus; he used to work here, but seventeen hours ago, someone put a keyboard in front of his toaster and he has been suddenly missing until now. Spıke ¬ 17:35 1-Apr-14
Take it down in place of anything you want. April Fools Day is over, everywhere on the planet has gone past midday. No one runs their April Fools Joke past the deadline that would be odd. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 17:38, April 1, 2014 (UTC)
It's still April Fools Day where I'm at, for about 10 or 11 more hours. -- Simsilikesims(♀UN) Talk here. 20:12, April 1, 2014 (UTC)
Yeah! where is this strange place where the pranks stop at noon? Spıke ¬ 20:15 1-Apr-14
I'm just dropping in to tell you all that I quit and I'm de-opping everyone. Except me. --ChiefjusticeGameBoy 20:21, April 1, 2014 (UTC)
But we need you, given you're the one who owns the server!                               Puppy's talk page08:45 pm 01 Apr 2014
April Fools Day ends at midday in Britain at least (British media take their jokes off the webpages in compliance with this). I had presumed it did so in USA as wikipedia states "in countries whose traditions derived from the UK, excluding Australia, the joking ceased at midday.[12] A person playing a joke after midday is the "April fool" themselves." I took that to mean USA ends their joke at midday (there's no section for USA on wikipedia's April Fools Day anyway). The Australians would have completed their whole day and Hawaii would have just gone past midday at 6 British time so I thought it would have been a great time to take it down but apolagies if the USA's April Fools goes beyond midday. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 06:04, April 2, 2014 (UTC)
Very strange, very very strange. How come an ancient Australia's colony does not respect its traditions? (I am also practising a backward descending indentical dialogue, just so you know) Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 18:38, April 2, 2014 (UTC)
Australians are always being excluded. Although I've heard the same tradition over here as well. I tend to push it out for as long as possible - say 24th September.                               Puppy's talk page06:08 am 02 Apr 2014

For further reading

The Site Notice and the jump page with the "explanation" is saved at Uncyclopedia:2014 Uncyclopedia Blood Drive. Spıke ¬ 02:38 3-Apr-14

Mentioned

http://aprilfoolsdayontheweb.com/ took note of our "blood drive" on 1-Apr-14, claiming it was done "to spoof wiki donation banners" and not to spoof other humor wikis with server-fee fund drives payable in cash. Someone has just edited WP:Uncyclopedia to record this fact. Uniquely in recent history, it is not just us writing about ourselves. (Or maybe it is; items on the April Fools web page are submitted independently.) Spıke ¬ 00:39 22-Apr-14

In at number 185!--LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 07:55, April 22, 2014 (UTC)
I was going to add it in, but I was interrupted by the apathy fairy.                               Puppy's talk page09:18 am 22 Apr 2014
Someone noticed us! Mind you this website isn't exactly substantial media but it's a start. I really think we ought to somehow get the press to write about us. Might draw back attention to the site. Also I'm glad it doesn't attack the spoon because having read the talkpage of the Uncyclopedia article, that would just disturb a week long ceasefire. Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 10:46, April 22, 2014 (UTC)
Sounds like a cocktail. I'll have a week, long ceasefire, with a twist of lime.                               Puppy's talk page11:36, April 22, 2014 (UTC)
I got the notion to walk barefoot toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon with a backpack containing a rice cooker filled with confetti. No, damn! it's been done. So has placing a Lite-Brite with protruding wires under a bridge abutment. Spıke ¬ 11:55 22-Apr-14
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