I have an idea for an april fool's prank on SO. How would I go about pitching it to someone who could implement it?

Also, before I email them and clutter their inbox with what could possibly be an ineligible prank, what are the guidelines governing the eligibility of an April Fool's prank?

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    You are in the right place. Just edit your question. – chue x Jul 28 '13 at 0:07
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    You ask a question here I guess... you might be a little bit early and give it all away (if anything comes of it). Maybe e-mailing would be better? – ben is uǝq backwards Jul 28 '13 at 0:08
  • @benisuǝqbackwards: who should I email? – inspectorG4dget Jul 28 '13 at 0:08
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    You do realize April 1st is just over 8 months away? – Cole Johnson Jul 28 '13 at 0:09
  • Probably team@stackexchange.com. – Undo Jul 28 '13 at 0:09
  • meta.stackoverflow.com/contact probably... – ben is uǝq backwards Jul 28 '13 at 0:09
  • Yes, but the idea might be cache evicted by then. I'd rather upload it now and let the implementation procedure define its own timeline – inspectorG4dget Jul 28 '13 at 0:10
  • Thanks all. I'll email team@SE and see what comes of it! – inspectorG4dget Jul 28 '13 at 0:12
  • Cache evicted? What's that? – Cole Johnson Jul 28 '13 at 0:13
  • @ColeJohnson: Deleted from my memory as it is not of paramount importance to what I'm doing right now (also, I'm very absent minded) – inspectorG4dget Jul 28 '13 at 0:14
  • I doubt they would delete it. They'd just postpone it. – Cole Johnson Jul 28 '13 at 0:16
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    @ColeJohnson: "deleted from my memory" = I'll forget – inspectorG4dget Jul 28 '13 at 0:18
  • Ah that makes sense. – Cole Johnson Jul 28 '13 at 0:21

Your best bet would be either the Stack Overflow Contact page or emailing team(at)stackexchange.com. I would like to remind you though, that this is July, and April Fools Day is in April.

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    He's an enthusiastic... or just too emotioned to share the prank popped out his head... – Braiam Jul 28 '13 at 0:47

Following advice from the responses, I decided to email the StackExchange team.

The reply I received not only addressed the specific prank that I proposed but also explained the nature of pranks and thus, the guidelines that proposed pranks should be followed. Since I was unable to easily find these guidelines in the FAQ (or other similar pages), I figured it would be useful to post the guidelines here. This way, other users who would like to propose pranks can review the guidelines, thus reducing the email load on the SE team just a little.

Following are excerpts from the email I received in reply to my proposal (edited to exclude the exact nature of the prank I proposed):

When we plan these things, we have some goals in mind:

  • The vast majority of folks that see the joke should realize that we can't possibly be serious
  • Ideally, the joke doesn't generate a lot of additional support overhead
  • The joke causes people to participate in various positive ways

If we do pretty much anything with reputation, we kind of miss the first two points - the system is very confusing to new users as it is and a joke feature such as this could end up in quite a few being even more confused, or perhaps soured on the idea of participating altogether. A substantial amount of traffic comes from new users finding the site for the first time.

PS: I originally had this information posted under a different question, but merged it with this one at the suggestion of a diamond-mod.

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