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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 standard 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, 2014 at 19:47
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    You can't downvote my answer! Try now!
    – Ibrahim
    Mar 31, 2014 at 20:27
  • 14
    According to my calendar, it's March 31. Mar 31, 2014 at 20:32
  • 9
    @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 Mod
    Mar 31, 2014 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. Mar 31, 2014 at 20:39
  • 3
    SE runs on UTC. You're about three hours too early.
    – user102937
    Mar 31, 2014 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?
    – Pollyanna
    Mar 31, 2014 at 21:21
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    @Robert The April Fools "unicoins" prank activates based on local time, not server time.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Mar 31, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 6:38
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    Unicoins actually works, I sign up yesterday at meta.stackoverflow and now I have +400 reputation 7 bronze and 1 silver badge :D.
    – Saqib
    Apr 1, 2014 at 7:07
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    Not being a Fool, I don't observe April Fool's day.
    – Vector
    Apr 1, 2014 at 7:24
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    The name "unicoin" is absolutely inspired. My congratulations to whoever came up with it. Apr 1, 2014 at 15:59
  • 5
    Somebody stole my Unicoins!
    – RickyA
    Apr 2, 2014 at 11:37

36 Answers 36

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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, 2014 at 19:56
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    Wow, It's means now we can earn reputations by breaking rocks? :)
    – Saqib
    Mar 31, 2014 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
    – Lynob
    Mar 31, 2014 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! Mar 31, 2014 at 22:33
  • Using Java, I created a console app that uses Robot class just to perform thousand clicks. I don't want to do clicking using my own mouse. Peace! :)
    – user201532
    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:53
  • Almost fooled by google and stackoverflow today!
    – George
    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:54
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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, 2014 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, 2014 at 3:48
  • @AmitJoki - View the page source, and search for "fkey". You'll find some hex value like "56a478fa8260e47...". Use that. Or alternately, use StackExchange.options.user.fkey (with no quotes).
    – aroth
    Apr 1, 2014 at 3:52
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    There is a logical explanation for the teapot. Oh well... Apr 1, 2014 at 3:58
  • For april 1st, this post is the correct answer. for other days, this is not. So BRACE YOURSELF TO GET DOWNVOTES later :P
    – Mr_Green
    Apr 1, 2014 at 6:29
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    @Mr_Green - I was about to say that nobody could possibly be that pedantic. But then I remembered that this is meta.stackoverflow. :p
    – aroth
    Apr 1, 2014 at 7:09
  • 16.66 seconds since I posted an answer and I haven't got any upvote, I don't get it :(
    – Puigcerber
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:18
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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? Apr 1, 2014 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, 2014 at 18:52
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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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    That is...brilliant! Apr 1, 2014 at 6:56
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    TIL China is a step ahead of us.
    – Omega
    Apr 1, 2014 at 9:57
  • Yeah I was going to say that's not a 麒麟 at all. It's a western unicorn 独角兽.
    – Jin
    Apr 1, 2014 at 13:59
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    They even have pi on them.
    – user170979
    Apr 1, 2014 at 19:46
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    @WorldEngineer its actually pi repeating.
    – tox123
    Dec 10, 2017 at 18:05
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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 Mar 31, 2014 at 21:55
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    I had to spend another 10 unicoins to switch the colorful comments OFF
    – VisioN
    Mar 31, 2014 at 23:50
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    I wish I could read what you just said
    – Lucas
    Apr 1, 2014 at 1:26
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    An opportunity was missed here, there should be a unicoin shop item to set another user's text to aqua comic sans. And a more expensive item allowing you to return your text to normal. >:-) Apr 1, 2014 at 3:03
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    I bought colorful comments, now I'm regretting it. Pass the eye-bleach!
    – Benjol
    Apr 1, 2014 at 5:50
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    Pi is wrong. Tau is the truth.
    – bjb568
    Apr 1, 2014 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! Apr 1, 2014 at 6:58
  • Now the link to the unicoin popup seems to have dissapeared, and I can't turn those horrible comment colors off again? Please God somebody help!
    – adeneo
    Apr 1, 2014 at 11:12
  • @adeneo, scroll down to the page footer.
    – TLama
    Apr 1, 2014 at 11:13
  • Looks like the best power is to remove widget from sidebar :(
    – dfsq
    Apr 1, 2014 at 11:20
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    good job .. how do you capture the animations ? you should definitlly check the DOWN-vote animations ;)
    – d.raev
    Apr 1, 2014 at 12:43
  • @d.raev some examples here :)
    – Öskå
    Apr 1, 2014 at 14:12
  • so how many rocks did you break?
    – JP Lew
    Apr 1, 2014 at 16:40
  • I was really hoping a $\pi+1$ when upvoted...
    – JMCF125
    Apr 1, 2014 at 19:25
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    Striking resemblance to bitcoin
    – Wold
    Apr 1, 2014 at 1:54
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    Looks like Uplay.
    – A.L
    Apr 1, 2014 at 5:55
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    @Wold actually that's from bitcoin project indeed. Thought it's obvious! Apr 1, 2014 at 6:54
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    Looks like a modern day Nazi symbol to me.
    – Fandango68
    Apr 2, 2014 at 2:11
  • @Fernando68 Funny!
    – PhistucK
    Apr 2, 2014 at 17:42
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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! Mar 31, 2014 at 23:58
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    @Niet I can't stand it either O_o IN THIS POST USING MY POWARZ
    – Doorknob
    Apr 1, 2014 at 0:11
  • I wrote my own autominer in PHP, much better UI in a "real" console window XD Awesomeness Apr 1, 2014 at 0:18
  • @NiettheDarkAbsol that was too mainstream? Apr 1, 2014 at 0:22
  • This code appears to be taken from @aroth's comment: meta.stackoverflow.com/q/227311
    – ignis
    Apr 1, 2014 at 7:50
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    Isn't there any script for reputation mining? Apr 1, 2014 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. Apr 1, 2014 at 13:04
  • And here is some code to place it in the top bar: $(".icon-help.js-help-button").html('<img border="0" src="http://i.stack.imgur.com/uOOzs.png" onclick="$(\'#uc-sidebar-module\').click();" width="25" height="25" style="position: relative; top: -6px;">'); And you can use this to hide the sidebar module: $("#uc-sidebar-module").css("display", "none"); Compiling it in a simple Greasemonkey script makes it stay :) Apr 1, 2014 at 14:43
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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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  • Delayed? 6-8 years? Jeff quit his job in early 2008 and the first podcast was in April 2008. Mar 31, 2014 at 22:13
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    Unicoins already exist: unicoin.info
    – TheDoctor
    Apr 1, 2014 at 0:16
  • With the emphasis on today's ;)
    – Benjol
    Apr 1, 2014 at 5:48
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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. Apr 1, 2014 at 6:20
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    Not being a Fool, I don't observe April Fool's day.
    – Vector
    Apr 1, 2014 at 7:25
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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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    I was about to say the same thing. This is all nepotism if you ask me, and unethical at a time when information should be freely shared and accessible to everyone and every common person or "noob". Yeah, I am one, so there. But seriously, this will create a separate class where your average developer has to "buy" their way into the internet to find information. I am totally against any form of capitalist digital currency that only serves to bolster egos and balloon reputations that have not really been earnt.
    – Fandango68
    Apr 2, 2014 at 2:06
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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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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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  • But most logged-in users don't see the adds correct?
    – NoBugs
    Apr 2, 2014 at 3:28
  • @NoBugs I did when I switched to Internet Explorer from Chrome (where I do have an ad blocker installed). Pretty sure I was logged in to both.
    – asteri
    Apr 2, 2014 at 4:14
  • Please tell me you don't actually believe this.
    – balpha Staff
    Apr 2, 2014 at 5:18
  • @balpha Do you get paid? Money has to come from somewhere. Maybe you're benevolent overlords who don't care about the financial side of things, but if I ran a business, I would do it. Information like this is useful for knowing how effective your revenue-generating techniques are. So, yes, I do believe it's a real possibility, and I even think it would be the smart thing to do by people on the financial side of your company.
    – asteri
    Apr 2, 2014 at 13:46
  • In thinking more about it, though, I suppose there might be an easier way of determining this, just by cross-referencing the number of page hits per day with the amount of ad revenue generated per day. I'm not sure how much information things like Google AdSense report or deliver to their clients.
    – asteri
    Apr 2, 2014 at 13:52
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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 Staff
    Apr 2, 2014 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, 2014 at 13:59
  • You forgot to review 5 suggested edits! Just saying... Jun 9, 2017 at 7:38
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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 :-)
    – Sklivvz
    Mar 31, 2014 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, 2014 at 20:24
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    @Sklivvz works for me... You need to get the intervals just right, that's all Mar 31, 2014 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. Mar 31, 2014 at 21:17
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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. Apr 1, 2014 at 10:19
  • And upvote your avatar too with my magical unicoin powers.
    – Pure.Krome
    Apr 1, 2014 at 10:21
  • "Paste this in console" means what ? Apr 1, 2014 at 10:46
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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, 2014 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. Apr 1, 2014 at 11:34
  • @Shrivallabh developers.google.com/chrome-developer-tools/docs/console
    – Bor691
    Apr 1, 2014 at 13:13
  • @Shrivallabh, actually, this one (meta) is to talk about that, not really help people programming. Anyway, just follow Bor691's link to know how it works (if you use Chrome).
    – JMCF125
    Apr 1, 2014 at 19:50
  • +1 sufficient jquery Sep 12, 2021 at 4:16
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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, 2014 at 7:01
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    lolololololololo Apr 1, 2014 at 7:17
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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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  • 40
    This answer is obviously wrong and misleading and should be deleted. Somebody wants all the coins for himself! Mar 31, 2014 at 22:53
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    @ErwinBrandstetter This answer is not misleading and 101% correct. and shouldn't be deleted..
    – zzlalani
    Apr 1, 2014 at 7:10
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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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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, 2014 at 6:00
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You lost The Game.

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

enter image description here

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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 Apr 1, 2014 at 6:56
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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
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:47
  • 2
    No, I'm not, I'm here just by mistake :D
    – Puigcerber
    Apr 1, 2014 at 9:31
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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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I've just spent hours mining enough Unicoins to make the comments show nice colours - only to find that the comments are still the same boring black in Meta!

Disappointed!! Bah!

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NO! You're wrong! YOU LIAR!
Unicoins are real! Do you hear me? UNICOINS ARE REAAAAAL!!!
Peter told me so! He also told me that they come from Neverl... hey wait.....

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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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BTW, there is a REAL unicorn on earth:
http://news.discovery.com/animals/videos/animals-mythical-unicorn-found-in-deer-form.htm

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  • Oh, deer... :-)
    – TLama
    Apr 2, 2014 at 23:30
  • ! XD .................. Apr 2, 2014 at 23:54
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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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  • 1
    Why would someone write a word on your ceiling that isn't even in the dictionary?
    – neminem
    Apr 1, 2014 at 15:42
  • 1
    Exactly! And why was he on my ceiling! I need more peanut butter, but my Uncle's toe hurts.
    – Rob
    Apr 1, 2014 at 18:20
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BEWARE

T̖̟̲̼̟͙̝͗o̲̗̜̹ͮͭ͋n̹͊͗̋̓̃͡y͈̻̙̣̻͎ͧ̒̅ͯ̂ ̷̀t̵͕̝̮̲̓̿̆̾͊h͕̜e͙̟͈͚͈̳̿͋ͮ̂͠ ̙͙̎̒U͖͕̗͚n̪̹̗̮͖̣̎ͩ̀̉̈̐̚ͅi̸̝̤͉͍̋̚c̖̫̅ͨ̀̀ͯ̂͘ȍͭ̓͂̎͐͏̗̻̩̹̤̫r̢͉̘͓̗͓̟͈̓̒ͩ̅̏͑n͚ ͎͇̫̮̺̹ͭ̑͗̇̽i̧͖͕̠͆ͫs̒̂͝ ̲̗͖̣̑ͤ̔́̓͗c̚̚͠o̺̬̞̳̫͊̈́͋ͣm͚͇̑̈́ͭͪ͌́i̪͔n͇̰̙̳̣̰̳̽͋̚͡g̰̹̰ͫ̄̾͘.̵͈̟̪̮̝̥ͫ̆ͩͩ.̛͖̬͌ͯͪͯͦ̈̋ͅ.̶̬̘̲ͮ͂ͥ̋ͣ̏

It's happening again!

I can feel him touching me... SAVE ME.

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  • Did you mean "SAVE the world?"
    – Kotauskas
    Aug 27, 2018 at 10:34
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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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I hope the moderators will not get away with this by just saying it was a joke. If it were, they have been lying. It is offending. I don't understand what is funny about it.

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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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