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April Fools Day - Suggest-Show-Question-Bugs-Help-Glitch-Tell-Etc
Forum ID: 61
Amount of activity: Had a very high number of topics and a high number of replies.
Types of users who can post: All users could create and reply to topics on April Fools' Day 2023
Brief description: "All joke posts go here! Community Guidelines still apply. Happy April Fools Day!"
URL: scratch:discuss/61

April Fools Day - Suggest-Show-Question-Bugs-Help-Glitch-Tell-Etc was a forum dedicated to April Fools' Day posts for 2023. It was created under the About Scratch category on March 29, 2023. The April Fools' Day forum was introduced to allow the forums to function normally during April Fools and open all categories of discussion to April Fools topics.[1] It was closed at around 8 a.m. EDT on April 2, and removed at 9 a.m. EDT. In 2024, no April Fools activity would be allowed on the forum. [2]

History

Prior to its creation, April Fools' Day topics were created in normal forums, which rendered them almost inaccessible to normal traffic, and required the moderators to perform a lengthy clean-up process afterward. In 2020, users began to post joke topics on March 31 as well, making the existing problems worse.[3] In 2022, April Fools topics were banned in help-related forums (effectively limiting April Fools to Suggestions) to mitigate this effect.[4] However, this did not fully solve the issues that occurred in previous years. The clean-up process still required the moderators to do a lot of work, and only a relatively small number of Scratchers helped.[5] This caused some more Scratchers to volunteer to clean the forums, but it became unnecessary with the introduction of this forum.[6] While there were older topics in the forum due to moving, the first visible topic specifically made for the forum was ** All April Fool's Day Forum Posts Here **, a topic by Paddle2See explaining the forum.

At approximately 8 p.m. ET on April 1, 2023, a lot of topics in the April Fools forum were stickied. One only had to report the topic to be stickied, so stickies overflowed the first page and ran onto the second page.[7] Shortly before 9 p.m. ET, most of these stickies were un-stickied.

On March 29, 2024, the Scratch Team confirmed that the forum would not be recreated, nor any April Fools activity on the Discussion Forums would be allowed for 2024.[2]

Trivia

The forum above Questions about Scratch on the front page of the forums in the "About Scratch" section.
  • This was the only subforum to have a forum name and description that took up three lines, rather than the usual one or two, on the main discuss page, as both the title and description were unusually long.
  • The forum was not opened at the same time as when the other April Fools feature changes of Scratch occurred.

Archiving

Many topics in the subforum were archived by users on the Wayback Machine.[8] Additionally, some of the subforum’s pages have been archived.

References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20230330111322/https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/673033/
  2. a b Paddle2See. (29/03/2024). "While we have traditionally celebrated April Fool's Day (AFD) in the forums by allowing limited Community-created AFD forum activities - we will not be hosting that this year." post:7891329
  3. Za-Chary. (2022-03-22). "By the way… from what I remember, April Fools' Day in the forums started being 2 days in 2020. In prior years, April Fools' Day in the forums definitely started on April 1st United States time. In 2020, I think others started the idea that since it's April 1st somewhere, then festivities should begin. Sounds great and all, but that is a whole extra day of April Fools' — hence twice as much work to clean up." post:6139758
  4. post:6140674
  5. post:6435501
  6. studios:32981057
  7. ScratchCatHELLO. (2023-04-01). "we did it [title]" topic:674858[dead link]
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20230402022857/https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/674933/
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