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While I have no problems with the site changing everyone's avatar with Unicorns, doing the same with the Flair API's has consequences extending outside Stack Overflow which has hit me hard today.

Is is possible next year to exclude the Flair API from any and all April Fools' jokes? I think that a small and modest feature request that won't cause any lost of functionality.

EDIT: Actually, only the JSON feed seem affected by this problem.

EDIT 2: I would really appreciate to have an official response as to if this will reoccur next year.

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The Flair API is excluded, as far as I know -- at least it's supposed to be. – balpha Apr 1 '10 at 17:29
I see a gravatar: – balpha Apr 1 '10 at 17:35
Okay, +1: There's a unicorn in your JSON. Jeff must have missed that one. – balpha Apr 1 '10 at 17:39
Hit you hard? Surely tolerance of April 1 is mostly universal? – Ether Apr 1 '10 at 17:41
@In soviet russia, tolerance hits you! – Adam Davis Apr 1 '10 at 17:46

My Win7 (actually Vista) desktop gadget which at least should use the gravatar Flair API is showing me as a nice poison-green unicorn. Doesn't cause issues to me but I can see what the annoyance is if there's someone without the intelligence to realize what day today is and how childish we software developers really are.

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Who are you calling a developer?? – squillman Apr 1 '10 at 18:09
YOU are a developer times two! – DVK Apr 2 '10 at 2:36

Cannot reproduce - my flair uses the gravatar avatars, yours should too:

Please link to a website showing your (or anyone else's) flair so we can figure out what's wrong.

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The JSON feed is affacted: – Andrew Moore Apr 1 '10 at 17:36
@Andrew - Ah! This is the problem then. – Adam Davis Apr 1 '10 at 17:45

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