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Will Stack Exchange be running something for April Fools in 2024?

Earlier this year, Philippe created a post on MSO stating that SE wouldn't be running an April Fools joke this year. Admittedly, that post did end with We hope to continue celebrating April Fools' ...
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How to encourage more voting? We have the answer

Well, after today, it seems perfectly clear how the team could incent more people to vote on posts. A constant supply of entertaining animation looks like just the thing. I've spent the day looking ...
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Complaint about expert chat [closed]

So, I got trolled by the expert chat AF, figured it out immediately, and I think it is really not cool for SE to do to the userbase, especially because I frequently use this site (both asking for help ...
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"//Todo: Remove after April Fools 2023 is done"

I noticed that it says "// TODO: Remove after April Fools 2023 is done" at the bottom of MSE... What're y'all up to? And could you be a little sneakier? Screenshot's off my phone cause it's ...
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Announcing the Stack Exchange Time Machine [closed]

We are living in the gold age of user-generated content. Anyone can post a joke before breakfast, become a meme by lunch and be fired for the joke at the end of business. Ok, it's more like the "tin ...
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How to mine Unicoins faster? [closed]

I want to earn Unicoins for free but I can't seem to find the best way mine coins faster. There are also sometimes when I get 20-30 Unicoins at one time, and I think that there is some clue so that we ...
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How much is Unicornify costing Stack Overflow the company (if at all)? [closed]

I just took a look at the rates table for Google App Engine and this question popped into my head:
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Questions before ordering The Key

I love The Key and would like to order it but I have some questions: The product shown has light keys. Does it come with dark keys to match the dark mode on Stack Overflow? Can I use the light ...
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What is this dialog about? STOP! You have one(1) copy/paste remaining

STOP! You have one (1) free copy/paste remaining. Get unlimited copy/pasting with The Key by Stack Overflow today. Have you checked it?
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My God—it's full of unicorns [closed]

Based on this comment, I have started building a unicorn avatar maker. It's still quite ugly, and the results aren't different enough yet, but this is what it looks like so far: Question list / Joel's ...
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Could we get a version of The Key for our favorite site?

The Key looks really great and all, but I noticed that it is Stack Overflow-specific - it's logo is that of Stack Overflow rather than Stack Exchange or any of our other specific sites. I'm working on ...
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Does The Key use regular 'ctrl' keys on the keyboard?

I just realized that there seems to be a confusion about the Key. Get this: Normal computers use 'ctrl + c' (or 'cmd + c') and 'ctrl + v' (or 'cmd + v') for copying and pasting respectively. On the ...
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What sort of switch does the Key have?

The description of the key is described as Our click’s volume and tone were crafted by sampling the natural wonder of song bird chirps. We run that audio data through cutting edge deep learning ...
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How to disable "time travel" entirely?

Every time I open a question I get this oh so funny 90s feel with scrollers and whatnots. In every question I need to click it off. The button seems to only work for the specific page I load; loading ...
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Should we prank not-logged-in users?

At the moment, this is what Interpersonal.SE looks like for a user who doesn't have an account and just followed a link from Google: Now, I'm a frequent user of this site and I know that it isn't ...
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Play Unikong Forever

Can the game please be kept after today, even just as some hidden, super secret link? Pretty please?
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Is my SO Coffee Mug defective?

I received a really nice SO mug as swag for the choose your own swag contest this year. Everything was working fine until this morning. Was there a patch or update or something? Here's the relevant ...
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Does not work on Netscape Navigator 3.0

FROM: tigerjieer <[email protected]> SUBJECT: Does not work on Netscape Navigator 3.0 NEWSGROUPS: alt.stackexchange.meta Finally, after 20 years of suffering, StackOverflow now claims ...
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Unicorns vs ponies

The unicorn tag wiki says that unicorn are way better than ponies. I think this is heavily opinion based and it is against the rules of the site. My rank would be: Pegasus, that can fly so is way ...
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Which device would work better for mining unicoins? [closed]

I found this infographic on mobile devices, and needed help deciding which device would work better for mining unicoins. I know that the "Galaxy the Unicorn" runs Unicorn Linux, but I'm a little ...
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StackEgg - what is this thing called "fun"? [closed]

Is there an aim to this game? Is this to educate people or just be "fun"1? Also, is it multi player? 1 Great use of dev time! :P
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Why does the guestbook chatbox not produce any network activity?

I was trying to test if I was able to automatically send a message through curl by inspecting the network activity on chrome and getting the curl command, but I found out that in spite of messages ...
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Will there be an option to permanently keep this year's April Fools design active?

In light of the recent site redesigns, I was amazed at how much I liked the design of this year's April Fools prank. It looks so bad that it is hilariously awesome. A lot of questions have been posted ...
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Are any two unicorns the same? [closed]

Are all unicorns here unique, or are there repeats? If they are all unique, is it some sort of REALLY cool unicorn-orithm?
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Please don't repeat such an intrusive "full design" April's Fools in the years to come

TL,DR: this year's April's fools could be a source of confusion, or worse, in certain workplaces. Please stick to less intrusive stuff. Very related: Why was the decision made to make the 2019 April ...
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Looking back at the Time Machine

This year Microsoft banned April Fools, which deprived the internet of their unique sense of humor as illustrated by Clippy and Windows 9. Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange users were not so lucky. ...
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Why does ELU get a special background for Time Travel mode?

ELU seems to get a textured background displayed right behind text elements: (Or rather, it's the same background as on all the sites, but other sites that I've looked at have a plain color behind ...
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Why am I welcomed to Stack Overflow rather than to Stack Exchange when I am on another Stack Exchange site?

I noticed that when I am in a Stack Exchange site other than Stack Overflow, I always get the: WELCOME TO STACKOVERFLOW when the April fool joke happens. For example, a screenshot when I am in ...
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Popup for disabling Time Travel mode is sticky

When scrolling down, the popup which reminds you of the option to disable time travel mode (for a single question) doesn't stay attached to the Time Travel button in the top bar. Rather, it stays in ...
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What's with this weird design and stars coming out of my mouse pointer? [duplicate]

My Stack Overflow gives me a weird design and stars coming out of my mouse pointer. WTF? How do I get rid of them?
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Back to future popup not aligned correctly on mobile

I think the popup was supposed to point to the clock icon, but seems a bit misaligned. It'll be better if the alignment is corrected. Btw, great job!
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Is this year April fool joke really welcoming? Are we joking about technology or people?

I think by now almost everyone using the site has already seen the fake "90's style" redesign that was created as an April Fool joke. Many words were already spent discussing about it. From people ...
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April Fools Day should only run from 00:00 to 12:00

Wikipedia notes in the page on April Fools' Day that A study in the 1950s, by folklorists Iona and Peter Opie, found that in the UK, and in countries whose traditions derived from the UK, the ...
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Unicorn shows butt only when sidebar disabled [closed]

When my friend shouted "UNICORNS" when I told him about the cool new April Fool's styling, I didn't understand why he said that. Since unicorns are such magical creatures it'd be very rare to spot ...
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The April Fools HNQ broken image icons are broken (on high-DPI screens)

I just encountered the new April Fools theme, and as someone who made my first web page in the 90's, I must say I love it! The Hot Network Questions sidebar with the animated flames is a particularly ...
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What testing is done on 'April Fool' pranks?

So, we have just had an 'April Fools' jape that activated on 31st March for many people wan't capable of being disabled site-wide (although this has been fixed) isn't capable of being disabled ...
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Why was the decision made to make the 2019 April Fool's joke immediately activate?

As far as I recall, every April Fool's prank that SE has made in recent years prior to this year has been non-intrusive, only showing up as a minor sidebar while not affecting the site's design much. ...
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Is it intentional that the April Fool's time travel feature has to be deactivated on a per-site basis?

It seems to me that the time travel feature has to be deactivated on a per-site basis. I've tried this in Edge and Chrome. Is this intentional? It's fine for people using one or two sites, but gives ...
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How does one enable Time Travel mode?

I just thought my browser was hacked: But it appeared to be only working for me on a single site. I saw a screenshot from another user who experienced this on Super User, but when I open the homepage,...
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What was the profile for the main character of the April 2016 joke?

April 2016's joke for SE was a game and there was an account with the same name as it. What was the profile URL of that account?
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Why was the "How to launch a missile" question deleted? [closed]

There was a funny question ("How to launch a missile?"), highly upvoded by the community, that was closed and almost reopened before I went to bed. I woke up today to the fact that it was wiped off ...
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I have Anatidaephobia - can we change the duck as it is always watching me? [closed]

Related to this question, is there an option to change the duck to something like a large purple Gorilla? I suffer from Anatidaephobia and it is realized when the duck is actually there, watching, ...
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Will quack overflow be accessible after the 1st?

I wondered if quack-overflow will be available outside of the 1st April jokes period (even if it's a hacky mean like activate it through the console etc…). Since rubber-duck-debugging is a technique I ...
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Stack Exchange has been taken over by a rubber duck!

I couldn't miss this now, on all SE sites: What are the duck powers? Was anyone able to make it do or say anything other than "Quack"?
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Is it safe to use the rubber duck? [closed]

Four days ago, I read an alarming article in Nature. It claims that Fungi were identified in 58% of all real bath toys and rubber ducks are explicitly mentioned in the article as a potential ...
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How do I disable Quack Overflow? ("I hate this duck" button is only temporary) [closed]

A little orange duck has appeared in the bottom right of my screen. He asks, "Can I help" does voice recognition, I think. But it is annoying, and will not go away. How do I discourage this little ...
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Quack Overflow listens even when I say I have no microphone [closed]

When I click the duck, she asks me if I have a microphone. I press "no" but she tried to listen anyway, asking me to speak up. Curiously, the browser did NOT ask for microphone permission even when I ...
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Can I increase the size of the duck? [closed]

Can the duck be made bigger? How?
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Can you make the rubber duck look like a paperclip? [closed]

What if I prefer to see a helpful paperclip instead of a duck? At least on Writing.SE. Most users would likely be delighted.
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Quack Overflow for localized sites [closed]

As far as I see Quack Overflow duck is only available for English-spoken sites. Are there any plans to enable it for localized sites?