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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #220 on: April 01, 2014, 11:55:21 pm »
April Fools!  This one was probably the most controversial prank we've ever pulled, which made it the most interesting.  To everyone who played along, thanks for making it work!  To everyone who fell for it:  Gotcha :-)  And to everyone who immediately saw through it and made posts to spoil the joke:  Your posts were deleted because spoiling a joke like this the moment you see it is no fun at all.

I can't take credit for this one, so everyone give a HUGE round of applause to Panda for coming up with this!  We planned this for days, and all active staff members had a hand in it, which helped make it one of the best pranks we've ever had :-D

To address the issue at hand:  Paying any monthly fee for a forum is ludicrous, especially $30.  It will never happen, at any price point, so fear not.  Donations ARE appreciated, but given my current salary, if the site ever grows to the point that I can't shoulder 100% of the cost when necessary, we have bigger problems than hosting fees.

Thanks for a great April Fools day, everyone!

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I will admit, as out of hand and irritating as it got, it was a lot of fun...

SERIOUSLY WHO WAS IT EDITING THE TITLES? I need to give you a cookie!

Some members edited their own titles, I edited at least one (and pinned it on Jethro), I imagine other staff members did too.  I actually did toggle the permission to allow Gold members to edit any user's custom title, but I didn't allow them access to anything else, so I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have had a way of actually changing a user title.  I implemented all the pieces of this prank in a rush first thing this morning, so I didn't have time to test.

Also, I actually did enable a paid subscription on the site, but with no shopping cart system to pay for it.  Hence why some of you saw it in your Edit Profile page.  In theory, we actually could do this with minimal effort, and the idea for a paid account tier has been floated, but it's a terrible terrible idea that will never happen here, I promise :-)
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #221 on: April 01, 2014, 11:58:06 pm »
Ah ok. I was getting confused as I had edited my title to make it look edited, however it ended up getting edited.
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #222 on: April 02, 2014, 12:00:41 am »
Merged all of the derivative threads together to prevent any possible confusion. I've got to say, this was a great prank... and a lot of hard work to maintain given the mixed reactions and all of the threads created in response to this. But it was so worth it. I'm so glad we could finally execute this idea this year. It's quite positively one of the most controversial ideas. Although it doesn't quite render the forum unusable in a way resembling the word-filter prank pulled back in 2011, it did get a few members scared. Please don't take it personally if I had to remove your posts to preserve the joke. I'm just sorry I couldn't manage it all in the end, and everyone eventually caught on. :fox-:P:

I've had a lot of fun with this idea. It makes me wonder what may happen next year.
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #223 on: April 02, 2014, 12:02:14 am »
I loved this prank. 

I apologize for all I kind of harassed. But I mean it only made things better.

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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #224 on: April 02, 2014, 12:07:53 am »
So well jethro still have that spinning dollar sigh or will that be removed?

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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #225 on: April 02, 2014, 12:08:23 am »
THANK YOU EVERYONE for everything omg <3
I feel bad that it got so out-of-hand, BUT I hope everyone had some sort of fun???
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #226 on: April 02, 2014, 12:08:44 am »
So well jethro still have that spinning dollar sigh or will that be removed?
More to the point what about his new name?
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #227 on: April 02, 2014, 12:09:43 am »
So well jethro still have that spinning dollar sigh or will that be removed?
More to the point what about his new name?
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #228 on: April 02, 2014, 12:22:41 am »
So well jethro still have that spinning dollar sigh or will that be removed?

I'll take down the remnants of this prank later, I'm too tired :-P
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #229 on: April 02, 2014, 01:12:29 am »
Best prank ever, I caught on pretty quick though, as you guys would never do that.
Unfortunately I wasn't much help as I would have loved to make it more believable, but it seemed like the more I tried the more it sounded fake so I just stopped XP I'm gonna change my profile back now^^
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #230 on: April 02, 2014, 02:07:26 am »
Changing custom titles was possibly the best thing ever. I'm a bit upset that some people tried to ruin it though. At least I can say we were pretty convincing.

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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #231 on: April 02, 2014, 02:42:13 am »
You didn't get me with the gold thing but I admit you got me wondering whether this was getting out off hand or not :lol-fox:. I wimped out at the end thinking we where gonna end up in trouble or something. THAT you made pretty convincing! You kept me up till 3.00AM watching the amazing carnage unfold! The posts have stayed but what of the amazing titles on peoples accounts? People have just edited them back since sadly :sad-fox:.
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I'm sure there was more but still.
I don't care that April Fools if over. That has feature has gotta stay and the power should be randomly passed around or something!
I'm keeping "true believer"! Such a better title. :lol-fox:
That was greatest Aprils fool day ever!
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #232 on: April 02, 2014, 06:13:39 am »
I wish I was here for this one.
Congratulations on a great prank everyone.
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #233 on: April 02, 2014, 06:25:15 am »
Wish I noticed I was a Gold Member earlier. Damn timezones :lol-fox:
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #234 on: April 02, 2014, 07:23:20 am »
It was fun reading through all the replies and seeing how people somehow believed this.  :lol-fox: I wish I could of joined in more but my internet got cut off. :(
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #235 on: April 02, 2014, 08:02:46 am »
You didn't get me with the gold thing but I admit you got me wondering whether this was getting out off hand or not :lol-fox:. I wimped out at the end thinking we where gonna end up in trouble or something. THAT you made pretty convincing! You kept me up till 3.00AM watching the amazing carnage unfold! The posts have stayed but what of the amazing titles on peoples accounts? People have just edited them back since sadly :sad-fox:.
I <3 the screenshot function. FOREVER IMORTALISED!


BEST THING EVER!
I'm sure there was more but still.
I don't care that April Fools if over. That has feature has gotta stay and the power should be randomly passed around or something!
I'm keeping "true believer"! Such a better title. :lol-fox:
That was greatest Aprils fool day ever!
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #236 on: April 02, 2014, 08:30:53 am »
God damn timezones...

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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #237 on: April 02, 2014, 02:44:23 pm »
I F***ING KNEW IT! YOU CAN"T FOOL ME!  >: D
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #238 on: April 02, 2014, 03:39:44 pm »
Heh. Knew you guys would crack eventually.  :fox-:P:
Pretty good prank you guys did there, gave me quite a scare.
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Re: [April Fools 2014] Announcing FT Gold Accounts!
« Reply #239 on: April 02, 2014, 04:15:33 pm »
I'm sorta sorry that I tried to ruin the joke, but I honestly thought is was going too far. Meh, whatever, you guys are awesome X3. Great prank. I'm still seriously wondering how it was possible so many people actually fell for it though. The original post even mentioned us only being able to pick an avatar out of Justin Beiber pictures. Really guys? You think the staff would implement something like that? They'd never do that to us. No one is that evil. Anyway, great prank! Can't wait to see what you guys do next year :3
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