All of SE uses UTC. By relying on local time for rolling out April Fools' jokes exciting new features, they're already old news by the time those in western countries get a chance to see them.

I propose UTC be used for April Fools', rather than local time.

Very few sites use local time for such critical functionality. Why SE?

I realize I can change my time zone. That doesn't fundamentally solve the issue.

closed as off-topic by Shog9 Apr 4 '14 at 19:13

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    But then I wouldn't have stayed up until midnight last night. Party pooper. – Jay Riggs Apr 1 '14 at 17:04
  • I don't know that I agree with the closure of this question. It's not specifically about the 2014 April Fools feature Unicoins. It's about SE's policy for April Fools on a year-over-year basis, and will be just as relevant again on March 31 2015 – mhlester Jun 6 '14 at 19:25

As a Pacific-coaster, I feel your pain. The surprise is rather spoiled by Australians and their upside-down excessively-early timezone. (Australia continues to annoy.) I found all about Unicoins before I went to sleep last night and didn't see them until I woke. That just tans my hide.

However, the point of April Fools is that it's flips the world upside down for a day. I imagine that people who enjoy the festivities early on this day have other problems to deal with the other 364 1/4 days of the year. For instance:

  • Being passed-out drunk when the ball drops in Times Square because the calendar flipped too early.

  • Being constantly confused by co-workers saying that the day is Tuesday when it clearly it's Wednesday.

  • Being asked by folks in my timezone: "What's the future like?"

Finally, they have one other disappointment:

  • The joke ends before many people have started to enjoy it.

But to be honest, we can't win for losing:

April Fool's Day changes should be based on the user's time zone

If you want to be surprised on April 1, don't read meta on March 31.

  • Ah yes, "the future". I heard that joke waaaay too many times while living in Japan. – Geobits Apr 1 '14 at 17:18
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    I'm from Australia. You insensitive clod. – michaelb958--Reinstate Monica Apr 1 '14 at 21:17
  • @michaelb958: Truth be told, I lived in Exmouth for two wonderful years. It's a wonderful country and you should be proud of it. – Jon Ericson Apr 1 '14 at 21:41

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