April fools day is here! Feel free to post any oddities on the SO family here rather than creating 200000 posts about avatars changing to Ponies Unicorns with rainbows in the background.

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I believe they are actually called unicorns –  Ufuk Hacıoğulları Mar 31 '10 at 22:47
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@Narsil, yes but a Unicorn is a derivative of a Pony. So therefore you can refer to the unicorns as ponies in the same way you can refer to cats as animals. –  Earlz Mar 31 '10 at 23:01
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This may just be the day I reach the rep-cap on meta. lol –  Earlz Mar 31 '10 at 23:11
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Ah, they finally put up the "it's april fool's day" banner after like 10 unicorn questions. lol. a bit late there.. –  Earlz Mar 31 '10 at 23:19
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But still no banner on SO, where most of the questions have started. @ear –  random Mar 31 '10 at 23:47
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up vote 16 down vote accepted

The irony is that this will probably generate more questions on Meta than the rep recalc.

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Unless someone hasn't logged in for awhile... "hey I logged on to SO only to find that my rep was cut in half AND my gravatar is a pony... I think my account got switched somehow but, oddly, those questions in my profile look like mine! The pony, on the other hand, definitely isn't mine..." –  Ahmad Mageed Mar 31 '10 at 23:06
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There was a rep recalc ?? Ahh, so not a bug then.... Happy Easter all! –  Nick Haslam Apr 1 '10 at 15:53
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It's been here for 9 hours and 46 minutes already... slow much?

Anyway. I see ponies! Everywhere! (actually apparently they're unicorns)

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It seems it's already activated !

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I just thought someone had coded an ingenious method of spamming the site and perhaps farming for answers for other sites (like Quora) when I spotted five questions in a row from users with vaguely suspicious names, one rep and various unicorn icons.

Took a few seconds for the April Fools penny to drop.

I hadn't realised how most internet user names looks suspicious when ones head is at a certain angle.

Also - I want to keep my unicorn!

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@David, right click and save image as... –  Earlz Mar 31 '10 at 23:12
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They are just crazy mixed up animals. --Gag Halfrunt

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well he's juz zis unicorn ... ya know ! –  Scott Vercuski Mar 31 '10 at 23:56
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Call me a grumpy old man, but please, MAKE IT STOP!

It wasn't funny 4 years ago when Slashdot did a very similar thing, and it's not funny now.

Oh, and .get off my lawn! :)

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You are a grumpy old man. –  jjnguy Apr 1 '10 at 15:35
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I couldn't agree with CraigTP more –  KevinDTimm Apr 1 '10 at 16:21
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The only user who think all his Christmases (and Easters) have come at one will be OMG Ponies!

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Horny pony <> unicorn :p –  CodeByMoonlight Apr 1 '10 at 8:40
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I hope Google's crawler doesn't associate my unicorn/rainbow avatar with my name in Google Images. :-)

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I don't really care about the ponies, but I'm having problems posting comments and answers to Stack Overflow with Firefox 3.6.2. It briefly shows an image of a lolcat and something about a serious error before blanking out and failing to load something; I try refreshing but it doesn't load, and my text gets lost. Sometimes it goes through but most of the time it doesn't; it works perfectly fine every time in Internet Explorer 8. I am using NoScript and Adblock Plus, but I've never had this problem until today.

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See here: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/44734/… –  Jon Seigel Apr 1 '10 at 15:32
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