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Recently I saw a widget on the Stack Overflow website which says Stack Overflow now has its own currency called "unicoins". According to this widget, a user can earn reputation, customize Stack Overflow by changing its colors and the user can also remove the vote down button from their questions and answers by spending "unicoins".

This widget does not look real, because this is out of stander of the Stack Overflow website.

Also today is 1st April. Is Stack Overflow fooling us?

                                                ss of widget

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How care you call unicorns slanderous. –  Servy Mar 31 at 19:47
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You can't downvote my answer! Try now! –  Ibrahim Mar 31 at 20:27
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According to my calendar, it's March 31. –  Jon Ericson Mar 31 at 20:32
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@JonEricson well that does rather depend on where you are in the world. It's been April 1st in Australia for quite a while now. –  ChrisF Mar 31 at 20:34
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@ChrisF: I have it on good authority that the Philippines also has some sort of calendar bug. It's downright unAmerican, I tell you. –  Jon Ericson Mar 31 at 20:39
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SE runs on UTC. You're about three hours too early. –  Robert Harvey Mar 31 at 21:16
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@RobertHarvey This question does seek input and discussion about a salient topic in our community. Why are you closing it and other relevant questions? –  Adam Davis Mar 31 at 21:21
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@Robert The April Fools "unicoins" prank activates based on local time, not server time. –  animuson Mar 31 at 21:33
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****. I actually went "WTF WTF" for about a minute, before remembering it's already April 1st. –  dbrank0 Apr 1 at 6:24
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HOLY CRAP, this is so awesome! increased rep from 5000 to 50,000! I've been chiseling rocks all morning! –  Raffian Apr 1 at 6:38
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Not being a Fool, I don't observe April Fool's day. –  Vector Apr 1 at 7:24
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The name "unicoin" is absolutely inspired. My congratulations to whoever came up with it. –  Mark Ransom Apr 1 at 15:59
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This is 1st April prank bloody prank am sure. In fact I believe all those upvote on this question will be removed. xD –  Mahesha999 Apr 1 at 16:25
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Somebody stole my Unicoins! –  RickyA Apr 2 at 11:37

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up vote 244 down vote accepted

No. Unicoins are absolutely serious. They'll be used to buy rep in the future.

Also, any answer about unicoins is guaranteed to receive at least 16.66 upvotes within one hour and 99.99 within one day.

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+1 for unicorns. They are real :-D –  noob Mar 31 at 19:56
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Wow, It's means now we can earn reputations by breaking rocks? :) –  Saqib Sabir Mar 31 at 19:59
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no they arent real, I increased my rep by 10, getting 1k + but only me can see it, you see my real rep which is around 150 on SO –  Fischer Mar 31 at 21:32
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Now I get kisses from a lovely unicorn every time I vote. Such are the powers of the unicoins! –  Erwin Brandstetter Mar 31 at 22:33
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@Glenn-- The Chrome JavaScript console is more efficient, and the clicking unnecessary. setInterval(function() { $.get("/unicoin/rock").done(function(obj) { $.post(["/unicoin/mine?rock=" + obj.rock], {fkey: "YOUR_USER_KEY"}); }); }, 15000);; also the coin drop rate seems to decrease the more you accumulate. It's taking quite awhile to get the last 50 coins I need in order to unlock all the powers concurrently. Perhaps the joke is that it's impossible to actually get there. –  aroth Apr 1 at 3:10
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@aroth, what should I put in the "Your_User_key" ?? Also, it says "I'm a teapot" –  Amit Joki Apr 1 at 3:48
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There is a logical explanation for the teapot. Oh well... –  Francisco Presencia Apr 1 at 3:58
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Do you really believe those upvotes are a problem? This is META. Meta is not serious business. Assuming it is an april's fool, why would we remove a question clearly tagged as one afterwards? –  ThiefMaster Apr 1 at 12:15
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:( I bought the no downvote power up and everyone can still see and downvote my questions and answers. :( It should have at least worked throughout the day... bad, bad joke! :) Update - they are only hidden when I am logged into the site, but not for others. –  PhistucK Apr 1 at 18:52

We do have Unicoins in China :)

Unicoin 100

enter image description here


This commemorative coin, the coin of Qilin, is issued by the Chinese central bank in the year 199x. 麒麟(Qilin, or Kirin) is a Chinese mythical chimerical creature, sometimes known as the Chinese unicorn. But the creature on the coin is apparently more like a western unicorn.

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TIL China is a step ahead of us. –  Omega Apr 1 at 9:57
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They even have pi on them. –  World Engineer Apr 1 at 19:46

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Striking resemblance to bitcoin –  Wold Apr 1 at 1:54
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Looks like Uplay. –  A.L Apr 1 at 5:55
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@Wold actually that's from bitcoin project indeed. Thought it's obvious! –  Shadow Wizard Apr 1 at 6:54
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Looks like a modern day Nazi symbol to me. –  Fernando68 Apr 2 at 2:11

Just preparing a list of what the powers actually do:

  • Guaranteed answer: The guaranteed answer power gives you one of the following answer with the post's reputation be a constant π. (click on the Power for more options):

    • Helpful:
      You should divide the problem into smaller parts and solve each one individually. If you then combine the all the small solutions, you have solved the whole problem.

      img

    • Encouraging:
      I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

      img

    • Inspirational:
      much problem
      very answer
      such helpful
      many upvote
      wow

    • Wise:
      You are really asking the wrong question.
      What you should be asking is, “Why does it matter?”
      Once you have the answer to this bigger question, enlightenment will follow immediately.

      img

  • Colorful comments: Comic Sans font with cyan for normal text, pink for italicized text and red for bold text. :)

    img

  • Bobblehead animates avatars in 3D. They move fowards and backwards (once) like they are anchored at the bottom, when the image is loaded and you scroll down the page.

  • Access through sidebar does what it says.

  • Voting animations

    Dancing unicorns from mma.se

    With love ♥

    Downvote animation

  • Top bar color chooser: Change the colour of the top bar. Choose from one of the following options:

    • Original
    • Dark Sky - A really dark blue - rgb(17, 0, 33)
    • Dirty Doge - A really dark brown - rgb(33, 29, 21)
    • Burnt Velvet - A really dark red - rgb(28, 2, 15)
    • Black
    • Midnight Meadow - A really dark green - rgb(12, 28, 2)
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Bobblehead changes the avatars when viewing a question... they only seem to do shortly after page load though –  Highly Irregular Mar 31 at 21:55
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I had to spend another 10 unicoins to switch the colorful comments OFF –  VisioN Mar 31 at 23:50
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I wish I could read what you just said –  Lucas Apr 1 at 1:26
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I bought colorful comments, now I'm regretting it. Pass the eye-bleach! –  Benjol Apr 1 at 5:50
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Pi is wrong. Tau is the truth. –  bjb568 Apr 1 at 6:30
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I just bought colorful comments. It's absolutely hideous and it's hard to not feel the 90s nostalgia. I love you Stack Overflow! –  Adrian Frühwirth Apr 1 at 6:58
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@TLama - Shit, now I had to spend all my bacon buying coins to turn all the crap off again. Thank you BTW. –  adeneo Apr 1 at 11:16
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good job .. how do you capture the animations ? you should definitlly check the DOWN-vote animations ;) –  d.raev Apr 1 at 12:43

Here there's an autominer

(function uniMine()
{
    $.getJSON('/unicoin/rock', function(data)
    {
        setTimeout(function()
        {
            $.post('/unicoin/mine?rock=' + data.rock, {fkey: StackExchange.options.user.fkey});
        }, 10000);
    });
    setTimeout(uniMine, 11000);
})();
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Ew, passing a string to setTimeout... setTimeout(UniMine,11000), please! –  Niet the Dark Absol Mar 31 at 23:58
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@Niet I can't stand it either O_o IN THIS POST USING MY POWARZ –  Doorknob 冰 Apr 1 at 0:11
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Isn't there any script for reputation mining? –  hims056 Apr 1 at 10:47
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It's fun, but also sad, to see that someone (many, I suppose) already wrote the same code as yourself. –  Peter Jaric Apr 1 at 13:04

Stack Exchange, Inc, has released a new digital fiat currency for today's information warrior:

Unicoin ₰

Jeff and Joel set out to make an "information exchange", where knowledge experts could openly trade information, because they knew that one day information would be of such inestimable value that by mining it from the world's experts, they would become Unicornaires. This was their lofty dream.

Unfortunately society has yet to recognize the treasure trove held securely at Stack Exchange, Inc, and most of their attempts to leverage this vast wealth have fallen flat. Sure, minor things have picked up a few million US dollars here and there, but nothing to compare with the actual, real ultimate power of the information they've diligently mined over the years.

Joel, being somewhat more aggressive a businessman, intended to start off with a fiat currency, but it made Jeff feel funny inside, so they delayed, and delayed, and delayed. Eventually, between this and other disagreements, they parted ways amicably.

However, in the meantime, fiat digital currencies changed significantly and exploded. Joel knew he was on the right track, but needed time to ensure that the exchange would operate properly. He intended to release it January 1st, along with the new Meta.SE, but there were rumblings in the digital currency community that a major exchange had serious flaws, and so the decision was to knuckle down and make sure everything was ironed out so this new currency wouldn't suffer the problems of its forebears, and also to distance itself from the impending implosion so as not to be associated with the bad parts of digital currency.

Having done that, as of April 1st, 2014, Stack Exchange Inc is pleased to release Unicoin.

It is universal.

It, like information, is timeless.

It is both mythical and magical.

Enjoy your unicoins!

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Unicoins already exist: unicoin.info –  TheDoctor Apr 1 at 0:16
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It's actually Stack Exchange, Inc. Not LLC. We don't want someone to come along and read information which isn't true. –  Bret Copeland Apr 1 at 6:20
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Not being a Fool, I don't observe April Fool's day. –  Vector Apr 1 at 7:25

Unicoins are useless and may become illegal as bitcoins. Do you want to go in jail? Give me yours now and you'll avoid problems.

My unicoin account is @4pr1lf00l.

Thanks.

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Actually Unicoins is real deal, and users should go for it... I've scored above 3K Unicoins and what I get on my profile page is the unicoin count (only visible to the user)...

3K Unicoins

enter image description here

I am also able to redeem these coins at certain places, also you get extra options like..

  • Unigun (Earn double the reputation on each upvote)
  • Stealth Mode (No one can downvote your NEW answers for the first 15 minutes)
  • Shower Me Reputation (Earn Reputation On Minor Edits)
  • No Barrier (Take out 200 Reputation cap for a day)

I had Around 52.5K in the morning and I just used No Barrier and did various edits and now my reputation is 53.2K so this is really fun..

Note that the reputation earned from unicoins is hidden from the users profile. You cannot really see the user is earning reputation out of what.. He may earn from edits, he may earn double from upvotes..

Thanks Stackoverflow for such a wonderful integration to the website.

Happy April Fools Day, these unicoins will be out in 24 hour's, it's just an April Fools Day prank, Stackoverflow did do some mistakes such as - Unicoins show different count on each Stack Exchange Website - They don't show up on your profile page (They would certainly show as it will be counted as a major integration) - Everythings on jQuery, Stack is not that loose to provide coins which can be easily manipulated.

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This is just a lame game! Grow up kids! –  Fernando68 Apr 2 at 2:07

I am currently counterfeiting Unicoin via userscript. Of course, the Unicoin is as shiny and as real as any other Unicoin obtained via mining...


After leaving the script running for 5-6 hours, the gain is diminishing as @Mark Henderson mentioned in the comment. Only 1 successful mine per 20+ mines, i.e. 1 successful mine per 3-4 minutes. I managed 687 Unicoins on StackOverflow, though (and I used most of it to by power-ups).


The rate of mining restored after I stop mining for about 2 hours, either that or because I used up most to buy all the power-ups.

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Keep us posted on how that's working out for you :-) –  Ebenezer Sklivvze Mar 31 at 20:23
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@Sklivvz: It is already working, although there are some 409 errors that I'm currently trying to fix. –  nhahtdh Mar 31 at 20:24
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@Sklivvz works for me... You need to get the intervals just right, that's all –  Manishearth Mar 31 at 20:26
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It seems to scale the number of coins received per mine. After I mined around 200 coins, I'm now only getting a hit of 1 coin for maybe 10-20 mines. –  Mark Henderson Mar 31 at 21:17

In all seriousness, besides the obvious April Fools celebration, I actually think it's a clever way of knowing who's using an AdBlocker. The initial hook is where an ad normally loads. I'd be surprised if there wasn't some metric being gathered about what percentage of active users access the Unicoins app and thus are bypassing ad revenue.

Pretty clever. :)

ad

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If we want to know whether a user runs an ad blocker or not, there are much easier ways to do that: Just have JavaScript in the ad that confirms it was loaded. Believe it or not, this thing was just for fun. Also, the Unicoin widget wasn't in an ad spot. It was all the way at the top. And it was for logged in users only, and anonymous users are the ones who see most ads. That's why the question "is user X running an ad blocker" probably isn't even interestion. Overall percentages -- sure. –  balpha Apr 2 at 13:54
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@balpha Interesting. When I logged in with IE, I definitely didn't see the Unicoins image. Can't retest it now, anyway. And there's no need to be offended. I did say that the majority of the intent and purpose was "April Fools celebration". It wasn't a criticism of you. Thanks for the work you put in to give everyone a bit of a laugh. –  asteri Apr 2 at 13:59

Free unicoins to everyone!

var exploit = {
    lastTime : 0,
    totalNum: 0
};

$( document ).ajaxComplete(function( event, xhr, settings ) {
    var a = $.parseJSON(xhr.responseText);
    var id = a.rock;
    var sender = settings.url;

    if (sender.indexOf("icoin/rock?") !== -1){
        var currentTime = parseInt( new Date().getTime() / 1000 );
        if (currentTime - exploit.lastTime > 11){
            $.ajax({
                type: "POST",
                url: "/unicoin/mine?rock=" + id,
                data: {'fkey': StackExchange.options.user.fkey}
            });
            exploit.lastTime = currentTime;
        }
    } else {
        var res = $.parseJSON(xhr.responseText)
        exploit.totalNum += res.value;
    }
});

Just open unicoin miner, paste this in the console and wait. You can see your progress by typing exploit.totalNum

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If you like my script - please feel free to upvote my answers on SO :-). At least I will get some more real points out of the April fool's day. –  Salvador Dali Apr 1 at 10:19
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@Shrivallabh If you don't know what he/she/it means, then you are not worthy to be here not use that code. Sorry. Do not pass GO and do not collection $200. –  Pure.Krome Apr 1 at 11:06
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OK i thought this forum is to help people on understanding the concepts they don't know,my bad. –  Shrivallabh Apr 1 at 11:34

APRILFOOL

Yes They are making us FOOL. After buying a power Reputation to the max Increase your own reputation by a settable factor. I have taken this two screen shots from my and my friends computer

From my account [65k reputations]

enter image description here

And from my friends computer [6.5k reputations]

enter image description here

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Typical client-side hack lol –  Pacerier Apr 1 at 7:01
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lolololololololo –  Kees Sonnema Apr 1 at 7:17

Its an April fools joke combined with a very clever way of make us click on various points in the site.. one can only imagine the benefits of that..

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This answer is obviously wrong and misleading and should be deleted. Somebody wants all the coins for himself! –  Erwin Brandstetter Mar 31 at 22:53
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@ErwinBrandstetter This answer is not misleading and 101% correct. and shouldn't be deleted.. –  zzlalani Apr 1 at 7:10

I honestly wish that Unicoin is only a joke. I strongly feel it as well. However, if it's true, it's SE's way of saying goodbye to the world.

The stack is what it is today because of all the valuable knowledge, professional user experiences and quality moderation. With Unicoins, it will be a matter of BUYING your way to the top rather than EARNING it. And not to forget abasing and abusing your rights.

I've never heard of 'dividing someone's rep by 10!'. What were they thinking??!!

So, it's got all the WRONG ingredients to make it a joke, or a bad idea. I don't believe this is true.

Having said, that, I think the mining game will do good as a 'cooling off' mechanism even without the coins. Probably a good game for FB or some other social network. Then again, it's just JavaScript - too easy to break.

No, it's not real!

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A serious answer to an April fool, simply brilliant! –  A.L Apr 1 at 6:00

No! It's real deal!

Have a look at my unlocked Voting animations:

Voting animations

Full animations sprites: 1, 2, 3, 4


EDIT:

Watch this animations at:

jsFiddle

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this is to check thefmaster's answer that:

any answer about unicoins is guaranteed to receive at least 16.66 upvotes 
within one hour and 99.99 within one day.

so this is an answer about unicoin and i must get 16 upvotes in 1 hour. Right??

UPDATE

Ok here is my answer about unicoin.How to mine unicoin automatically on stackoverflow?

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No, this is an answer about answers about unicoins; the same rules do not apply –  Marc Gravell Apr 1 at 6:56

You lost The Game.

P.s. Don't let Jon Skeet near this.

enter image description here

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If you manage to get 1000 unicoins within 24 hours period, you will receive moderator flag automatically for one month. Do not waste this unique opportunity which will not repeat. The elections are gone, an auction will occur in the next period.

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Damn it! I have spent 65 unicoins but my posts don't have the purple shadow. I think the functionality is broken :D

Edit: Ok, I see it now, it works just in meta. Has somebody managed to buy more unicorns? Mining them is too slow :D

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You are a programmer buddy, Just make an auto clicker bot and earn unicoins. –  Saqib Sabir Apr 1 at 8:47
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No, I'm not, I'm here just by mistake :D –  Puigcerber Apr 1 at 9:31

I've just tried it and I love the rainbow and happy colors!

+! for Unicoins!

The only thing I'm missing are the unicorns flying all over!

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These unicorns are so cool. I love april's fools :)

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I took me 1 minute to figure it was a joke, at first I thought it was like hats, and what made me figure out was:

80 Unicoins - disable down vote for all you answers and questions.

Dirt cheap, too cheap, that couldn't be, at that moment I knew it is 1st of April.

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The question is "What are Unicoins?".

Unicoins are an inherent cheapening effect which makes users disoriented and confused about what parts of the site are real. You "cause" things to happen which are only illusions to the user, and there is no "directions" or explanation.

If I had the option to remove this gag I would do so. Stack Exchange is a serious site and to litter it with such useless stuff may be fun to most, but is rather unprofessional.

It reminds me of the "Cookie Clicker" game - which was a pointless time-wasting game and nothing more - but at least the game was its own entity and not a downplay of a real thing.

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Well of course it's serious. I also just discovered that the word gullible isn't actually in the dictionary!

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To answer the question. Unicoins are the method of currency in the evil alternate universe, where the good guys have goatees. Obviously the appearance of the unicoins in StackOverflow means a rift in space and time is currently occuring. I just saw my mom without a goatee walking around with a 3 barrel shotgun... a 3 barrel shotgun! obviously my alternate universe evil mom.

Luckily in the alternate universe they don't have good QA as I tried buying a tag with bacon and it wouldn't let me. We're safe, for now.

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Dammit! Missed a big opportunity here...

Always tried to increase my "reputation" via some not-really-decent answer, maybe even reading something regarding the specific question. I suffered the tunneling effect, so this morning, when I saw all these great unicorns all around I didn't thought "come on man, just submit a random question, so you will get a lot of upvotes for no apparent reason".. now is to late. At least I will try with this useless, but still very heartfelt, comment/answer.

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I guess no one else tried to buy unicons so I give you a hint .. you can trade them for alternative valuables like bacon :)

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Unicoins are better than those Stale Oracle Java Dukecoins

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