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Sorry (Happy April Fools' Day.)


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Syd Lexia
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Title: Pop Culture Junkie
Joined: Jul 30 2005
Location: Wakefield, MA
PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 07:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Yes, it's really me. And yes, I'm a total douchebag. I'm not a huge fan of April Fools' Day jokes; last year, I didn't even do one. People are expecting jokes on April Fools' Day, so it's hard to pull off a good one. If you simply change around your site's layout on April 1st, people will either groan in annoyance or laugh politely because they think it's "cute". The only people who will actually fall for something like that are complete idiots. So when I decided to plan out my April Fools' Day prank, I went into it with two central ideas:

1. An April Fools' Day Joke is only funny if you actually trick people.
2. The people who visit my site aren't idiots.

And so, I concocted an elaborate scheme to fool everyone that was set into motion well before April Fools' Day. And it worked. To all of you who were genuinely worried about the site, I'm sorry. If it makes you feel better, I didn't really enjoy the prank. It was fun for a while, but after visiting the forums a few times, I felt really guilty. I thought about calling it off early several times, but I ultimately decided to see it through to the end. In order to answer any lingering questions about the joke, I've throw together the a FAQ.


AFD FAQ


Who was in on it?

I told Dr. Jeebus, cybersst, and S. McCracken about it. They all knew something was going to happen, just not exactly what. Valdronius and greeneyedzeke figured it out on their own after it went live.


So you didn't actually tell your moderators? That's cold.

Yes, I suppose it is. But it helped add to the realism. Of course, if it had been a real attack, the moderators probably would have been banned or demoted.


When did the April Fools' Day Joke start?

March 9th. I gave cybersst an account called maddoxownsyou, I had him post a couple of threatening/annoying messages times, and then I banned him. I had him do it so that the IP couldn't be traced back to me. Then I remembered that only moderators can check IPs, so I felt silly for going to extra lengths.


Were there actually any bandwith/hacking attacks against the site?

No, that was part of the setup too.


So were there any real problems at all?

Yes. I really did have some problems with trolls on the boards. First, there was mcdusher. While not truly a troll, he did manage to piss off half of my regulars with his bad spelling, incoherent leftist rants, and undying love for Microsoft. It boggles my mind how someone who harbors such huge mistrust towards the American government and capitalist society can openly support the world's most evil multinational corporation, but whatever. Eventually mcdusher got bored and left. After that, things were quiet until my planned maddoxownsyou attacks. After I initiated the maddoxownsyou posts, two or three real spammers showed up. They were quickly and quietly banned.


Why did you tie Maddox into this?

Because it was believable. Maddox definitely has fans who are diehard enough and retarded enough to attempt to hack a site over an anti-Maddox statement, so I knew it would work. Maddox openly admits that many of his fans are complete idiots. That's what happens when you design your site appeal to the lowest common denominator. If you've been to the site, you've seen the barely intelligible hate mail that he gets. According to his FAQ, "most of [his fan mail] is more poorly written than [his] hate mail".


So do you hate Maddox?

No, not especially. I only find about 40% of his posts funny, but the good ones are fucking classics. But I'd be lying if I said that it doesn't bug me that he does way more traffic than me. The guy rarely fucking updates and his site is still huge. But what really pisses me off is that sites like BurgerKing.com do better traffic than me. The information content Burger King's website is much like nutrition content of their food: ZERO. But whereas BK's food tastes good, their website is completely fucking useless.


If you don't hate him, what's the deal with the Haddox page?

While I was sifting through the 3000 screenshots I took of Rolling Thunder, I suddenly lost the will to write anything that would take any sort of actual analysis, reflection, and effort. So I threw together the Haddox site as a distraction. Any time I can't think of anything good to write, I make a Haddox post instead.


Can we expect something like this next year?

Absolutely not. As a webmaster, there's a limit to how many times you can falsely claim that you've been hacked without completely destroying the trust and goodwill between you and your readers. That limit is probably zero, but it's definitely not higher than one. I do not want to build a reputation as The Boy Who Cried H4X0R3D, so I will never attempt an April Fools' Day joke this elaborate again. If I do an April Fools' Day joke next year, it will be blatant and silly.



Oh, and in case anyone missed it, here's what the site looked like:

Main Page: http://www.sydlexia.com/afd2006.htm
Forums: main Syd Loseria h4x0r3d!!!! 8 hrs ATTN: TEBOR. Tebor Apology 1 Tebor Apology 2 Worst Joke Ever
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DarkMaze
Title: Ed Glaser
Joined: Feb 24 2006
Location: Champaign, IL
PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 07:21 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Damn man, I'm impressed. Bravo.

Laughing

-Me, aka HackersBlow.

P.S. Do it again and we'll kill ya. Wink


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Chrisby
Joined: Mar 31 2006
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PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 07:50 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Holy shit Syd. Awesome job man, you really had me going.

That has to be the most elaborate April Fool's prank I've ever seen. Totally fucking brilliant.

No need to apologize. If you've gotta do it, you might as well do it right.

PS - Since I (finally) bothered to register after visiting this site regularly since August, and make obscene posts to what turned out to not be a hacker, I'm sticking around.
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Kurt
Joined: Mar 14 2006
PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 07:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Very elaborate. You had me completely fooled up to late yesterday... damn. Well, at least it'll never work again Laughing I thought maybe you would just back down and pretend we actually were "hacked", but I'm impressed. And like Chrisby says, there's no need to apologize. It wasn't cruel; it didn't hurt anyone either, so good job Razz
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Valdronius
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PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 07:57 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I had a feeling that the bandwidth thing was a plant, but I was completely duped by the maddoxownsyou stunt.
Now get a hobby.
Or write some new content, whatever.

EDIT: When I figured out what was going on, (only because I came on to do an AFD joke myself), I figured, 'why not throw some gasoline on the fire?'
I apologize if anyone made temp accounts, thinking that their real accounts were going to be hacked.


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A Hispanic dude living in Arizona knows a lot of Latinas? That's fucking odd.

 
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Kurt
Joined: Mar 14 2006
PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 07:57 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Valdronius wrote:
I had a feeling that the bandwidth thing was a plant, but I was completely duped by the maddoxownsyou stunt.
Now get a hobby.
Or write some new content, whatever.


Yeah, the maddoxownsyou posts were completely brilliant and unexpected. And you owe us an article.
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Syd Lexia
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PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 08:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Kurt wrote:
And you owe us an article.


I'm working on it. In a perfect world, it would be done tomorrow. In this world, it'll probably be done on Monday.
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DarkMaze
Title: Ed Glaser
Joined: Feb 24 2006
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PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 08:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Kurt wrote:
And you owe us an article.


Indeed.

I was absolutely fooled up until this morning. Remembering the odd promise of "new content" at the end of the week (combined with the mysterious absense of yourself and Doc Jeebus) was what finally made me think that there was some shenanigannery about.

BTW, what were your/Valdronius's avatars from?

Valdronius wrote:
I apologize if anyone made temp accounts, thinking that their real accounts were going to be hacked.


Yeah, about that... Syd, can you delete that HackersBlow account? I wasn't so much concerned about my account being hacked, as I was that (if it were a real hacker) they might decide to hack my movie/company's site. And, while I support you, I'm not sure I could explain to my cast/crew/investor that my main methods of marketing were screwed over because I pissed off a hacker. Sorry, man.


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Kubo
Joined: Aug 24 2005
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PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 08:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Holy shit. I was completely duped. Syd wins.

Fatality.


Thou, because I am wroth, be not dismayed, for I shall win the strife, whoever circle round within for the defence. This their insolence is not new, for of old they used it at a less secret gate, which still is found without a bolt. Above it thou didst see the dead inscription; and already on this side of it
descends the steep, passing without escort through the circles,
One such that by him the city shall be opened to us.
 
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SamanthaMcPoopenstein
Title: Gadabout Ragamuffin
Joined: Aug 29 2005
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PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 08:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

YES! I love site april fool pranks.

I don't know if you're familiar with Nation States, but they do pranks every year, I think. LAst year there was a phony FBI website block. This year they totally blew that away with 'Nation Dates'. Me and my buddies on there are having a good time with it.

http://www.nationstates.net/cgi-bin/index.cgi

Hopefully, anyone who wants to take a look will have seen it before they take down the prank.
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Kurt
Joined: Mar 14 2006
PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 08:48 pm Reply with quote Back to top

DarkMaze wrote:

BTW, what were your/Valdronius's avatars from?

They're from the site-based gallery of avatars, at the bottom of the "Edit Profile" page. I believe I've seen them before now there, but I'm not sure. They may have been recently added.
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OctoMan
Joined: Aug 22 2005
PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 09:24 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Aw, man... you totally had me worried. But I appreciate your explanation. Here's some thoughts of mine:

-I normally love small jokes like this... but this one had me really worried, 'cause I actually thought you were being screwed with, and I hate it when people get screwed with.
-I think the reason it went off so well was the fact that you started it before April Fool's Day. That was the main reason I didn't think it was a joke.
-There were some subtle clues that it was a joke, mentioned already by others: the same font in the graphic, the New Kids fit the Syd Lexia time period...

That's it.
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Sock
Title: Master Fornicator
Joined: Mar 12 2006
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PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 10:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Good job.

Asshole.

I had a roffle, so all's well.
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Rycona
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PostPosted: Apr 01 2006 10:50 pm Reply with quote Back to top

That's twice I was tricked on the internet in 2-3 days. Congrats.

The joke thing had crossed my mind because of my first being tricked and high awareness of what day was coming/it was. I chose not to accept it as a joke. Quite a bad move.

"Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice.... I can't get fooled again."

Or maybe I can.

The color scheme was horrible. My eyes are still burning from it. >_<


RIP Hacker.
 
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Kurt
Joined: Mar 14 2006
PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 12:50 am Reply with quote Back to top

http://ytmnd.com/
Quick, Ytmnd has an Ebaums April fool joke up. Check it out while it's still up.
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Tebor
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 12:51 am Reply with quote Back to top

You fucking forgot a thread called "Worst April Fools Day Joke Ever".

Luckily, here's the highlights of that thread:

(This section has been removed under order of the Patriot Act)

Kurt, I really appreciate you standing up for this site. That goes for all of you that have just registered to give support, members that posted their grievances, and the dedicated who've been on top of this all day.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


"If you will not tell me, I will hurt people!!!" -Nuclear Man

"Do you hear? The alpha and the omega. Death and rebirth. And as you die, so will I be reborn!" - Skeletor

8341 unread forum updates since I left (2/7/14)... Uh-oh.
 
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Tebor
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 01:15 am Reply with quote Back to top

Tebor wrote:
Maybe it's like "The Siege" and Syd pulled a false hack to see how we'd deal with the threat. Of course, that means Syd's now going to blow up a bus with old people on it... which wouldn't be cool at all.


I hope this means Syd isn't going to blow up a fucking city bus now...

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"If you will not tell me, I will hurt people!!!" -Nuclear Man

"Do you hear? The alpha and the omega. Death and rebirth. And as you die, so will I be reborn!" - Skeletor

8341 unread forum updates since I left (2/7/14)... Uh-oh.
 
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Syd Lexia
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 01:26 am Reply with quote Back to top

DarkMaze wrote:
BTW, what were your/Valdronius's avatars from?


They're from Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja originally, but they're from the site's avatar gallery.
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Tebor
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 01:37 am Reply with quote Back to top

I thought I just saw a tasteless joke here... well, guess I didn't after all Shocked

Actually, it wasn't that tasteless Laughing


"If you will not tell me, I will hurt people!!!" -Nuclear Man

"Do you hear? The alpha and the omega. Death and rebirth. And as you die, so will I be reborn!" - Skeletor

8341 unread forum updates since I left (2/7/14)... Uh-oh.
 
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Kurt
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 01:39 am Reply with quote Back to top

Tebor wrote:
I thought I just saw a tasteless joke here... well, guess I didn't after all Shocked

Actually, it wasn't that tasteless Laughing


That was me. I re-posted the YTMND post accidentally, then touched the scroll wheel on my mouse, evidently duplicating it (?). I deleted it anyway Smile
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Tebor
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 01:43 am Reply with quote Back to top

My thoughts on the April Fools Joke:

Tebor = Dwight



Syd Lexia wrote:
Due to popular (aka Tebor's) demand, I've added The Worst April Fools Joke Ever thread:


And April Fools Day continues as Syd implies I'm popular... Evil


"If you will not tell me, I will hurt people!!!" -Nuclear Man

"Do you hear? The alpha and the omega. Death and rebirth. And as you die, so will I be reborn!" - Skeletor

8341 unread forum updates since I left (2/7/14)... Uh-oh.
 
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Syd Lexia
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 01:44 am Reply with quote Back to top

Due to popular (aka Tebor's) demand, I've added The Worst April Fools Joke Ever thread:

http://www.sydlexia.com/blogstuff/prank4.htm
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Kurt
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 01:44 am Reply with quote Back to top

Tebor wrote:
My thoughts on the April Fools Joke:

Tebor = Dwight



Dwight is the KING of the office.

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And he's nearly always wearing that same expression.
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Tebor
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 01:52 am Reply with quote Back to top

Kurt wrote:
Tebor wrote:
I thought I just saw a tasteless joke here... well, guess I didn't after all Shocked


That was me. I re-posted the YTMND post accidentally, then touched the scroll wheel on my mouse, evidently duplicating it (?). I deleted it anyway Smile


Nice try, we all know it was the graphic edits on the "Siege" picture.


"If you will not tell me, I will hurt people!!!" -Nuclear Man

"Do you hear? The alpha and the omega. Death and rebirth. And as you die, so will I be reborn!" - Skeletor

8341 unread forum updates since I left (2/7/14)... Uh-oh.
 
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Kurt
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PostPosted: Apr 02 2006 02:05 am Reply with quote Back to top

Tebor wrote:
Kurt wrote:
Tebor wrote:
I thought I just saw a tasteless joke here... well, guess I didn't after all Shocked


That was me. I re-posted the YTMND post accidentally, then touched the scroll wheel on my mouse, evidently duplicating it (?). I deleted it anyway Smile


Nice try, we all know it was the graphic edits on the "Siege" picture.


Fuck it, I give up. I keep trying to post a response with a picture in it, but fuck it, it isn't working. It was along the lines of "April Fools" though, and it had the botched picture in it. EDIT: Now that I turned Firefox off, it might be working now.
Nope. Didn't work. I WAS gonna wait till someone quoted me then change it, with the same link, to something totally different, but it still isn't working. Hopefully my computer will be more passive on sunday. I'm going to bed. Happy April fools day, peeps Smile
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