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04/02/2009 04:00:02 PM · #151
Fun or not, game or not. DPC is something that some of us put a great deal of effort into when we plan, take, process, and submit entries. We are emotionally coupled to that effort and the hope it will be rewarded (not by a little graphic ribbon but by people liking what we put together). Getting a DQ is the ultimate blow back against that effort, that regardless of the effort and emotion put into an entry it has been killed.

It is like going on road trip vacation and half way through finding out you only have enough gas to return home, not continue to your destination. Sure you had fun up to that point, but it doesn't feel like it at that moment, you curse, you kick your car tire, maybe you toss your kids out and tell them to hitchhike. It isn't a fun day.

So I think that joke may have really invoked those feelings in some members who for a moment thought the emails were real. Once an emotion and impact is registered it doesn't vanish instantly.

More than the joke, I do find the mocking attitudes to this subject and those bothered by it distasteful. Who are you to tell someone that their feelings don't matter or shouldn't matter because they disagree with the "humor" involved?

Again, I wasn't personally affected, I caught the thread before I had checked my email. My first impression was, "WTF, langdons script has gone haywire!" Then I checked and saw my entry was still there and thought, "Oh a joke, try to fool people into thinking their entries are deleted, how funny</sarcastic>." sighed and went onto other things then to bed.

It wasn't that I thought the joke was either funny or stupid, but because I knew that like any joke played en masse that some would be hurt by it, and that bothered me, and still does.
04/02/2009 04:02:04 PM · #152
Originally posted by keegbow:

OMG, Can't believe the reaction here!!!

The best part of a "good" April Fool's joke is getting the reaction from the suckers who fell for it. Obviously this was a "good" joke based on the reaction it received.

Thanks DPC for a great joke!!! and thanks to all those complainers!!.... your reaction is making the joke even better.


So if someone called in a bomb threat on April 1st to get a reaction, and people reacted, that would make it funny? Since that seems to be the only qualifier for what is a good joke or a poor one.
04/02/2009 04:20:16 PM · #153
Originally posted by K10DGuy:

A prank like this I would automatically expect it to have a grace period that would be longer than usual because of the international bent of the user-base. ...etc.

Speaking of that international base... is "April Fools" well known outside the U.S.? Or is it local custom, like Thanksgiving?
04/02/2009 04:22:23 PM · #154
Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by K10DGuy:

A prank like this I would automatically expect it to have a grace period that would be longer than usual because of the international bent of the user-base. ...etc.

Speaking of that international base... is "April Fools" well known outside the U.S.? Or is it local custom, like Thanksgiving?


Both dates seem to have more than their fair share of turkeys....
04/02/2009 04:25:38 PM · #155
Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by K10DGuy:

A prank like this I would automatically expect it to have a grace period that would be longer than usual because of the international bent of the user-base. ...etc.

Speaking of that international base... is "April Fools" well known outside the U.S.? Or is it local custom, like Thanksgiving?


It is quite well recognized in many countries.
04/02/2009 04:31:00 PM · #156
Originally posted by togtog:



So if someone called in a bomb threat on April 1st to get a reaction, and people reacted, that would make it funny? Since that seems to be the only qualifier for what is a good joke or a poor one.


Seriously?? A DPC DQ, real or pretend, is compared to a Bomb Threat? Seriously?????
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04/02/2009 04:38:27 PM · #157
Originally posted by K10DGuy:

Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by K10DGuy:

A prank like this I would automatically expect it to have a grace period that would be longer than usual because of the international bent of the user-base. ...etc.

Speaking of that international base... is "April Fools" well known outside the U.S.? Or is it local custom, like Thanksgiving?


It is quite well recognized in many countries.


It spreads its slimy trickery around the globe. If it is around April 1st and something unexpected happens, better believe it is an April Fool! But there are plenty of people who get suckered and there always will be these types, and they gripe about it not being fair that the bait was so real, they got hooked.

Just watch next year for confirmation:))
04/02/2009 04:40:09 PM · #158
Originally posted by SteveJ:

Originally posted by K10DGuy:

Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by K10DGuy:

A prank like this I would automatically expect it to have a grace period that would be longer than usual because of the international bent of the user-base. ...etc.

Speaking of that international base... is "April Fools" well known outside the U.S.? Or is it local custom, like Thanksgiving?


It is quite well recognized in many countries.


It spreads its slimy trickery around the globe. If it is around April 1st and something unexpected happens, better believe it is an April Fool! But there are plenty of people who get suckered and there always will be these types, and they gripe about it not being fair that the bait was so real, they got hooked.

Just watch next year for confirmation:))


I don't doubt it in the least. I look very forward to it.
04/02/2009 04:40:25 PM · #159
Originally posted by steefmcbeef:

i originally said eh in the poll, but i changed my vote to hilarious after reading this thread. i'm still pretty new to the site, so maybe i haven't reached the bitter stage yet. how long is it till i start getting upset about my bad scores and taking things way too seriously?


This made my day. I'm with you. Changing my poll response to hillarious (from eh) as I speak.
04/02/2009 04:44:28 PM · #160
Originally posted by chromeydome:

Originally posted by togtog:



So if someone called in a bomb threat on April 1st to get a reaction, and people reacted, that would make it funny? Since that seems to be the only qualifier for what is a good joke or a poor one.


Seriously?? A DPC DQ, real or pretend, is compared to a Bomb Threat? Seriously?????
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No. Also please try including more context in the future, thank you.

Originally posted by keegbow:

...The best part of a "good" April Fool's joke is getting the reaction from the suckers who fell for it. Obviously this was a "good" joke based on the reaction it received....


The reason why the dpc joke was so great is because people are so upset over it. The reaction is all that matters, that makes the joke "good". So obviously the bigger the reaction and the more upset the better. So a bomb threat would be the perfect joke, maybe people would even trample one another...

This is obviously false! and stupid! I thought that would be obvious! If the measure of a joke is how many people it upsets then society is truly and royally F**KED!
04/02/2009 04:44:46 PM · #161
Originally posted by togtog:

Originally posted by keegbow:

OMG, Can't believe the reaction here!!!

The best part of a "good" April Fool's joke is getting the reaction from the suckers who fell for it. Obviously this was a "good" joke based on the reaction it received.

Thanks DPC for a great joke!!! and thanks to all those complainers!!.... your reaction is making the joke even better.


So if someone called in a bomb threat on April 1st to get a reaction, and people reacted, that would make it funny? Since that seems to be the only qualifier for what is a good joke or a poor one.


Your kidding right, how in this day and age can you compare a bomb threat to a April Fool's joke. Gez get over it !!
What I was trying to say: it was a harmless joke and when people react to a harmless joke you know your joke worked.

Your analogy to a bomb threat is very insensitive and shows a lack of decorum.

What this joke has confirmed is that a lot of people here take this site way to serious.
04/02/2009 04:49:56 PM · #162
...late fool joke and this threads = lame

...good grief.

04/02/2009 04:50:12 PM · #163
Originally posted by trevytrev:

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It is only funny until somebody loses an eye!!! to Kill em all, let god sort them out. You're obviously upset but maybe stepping away from the keys for a bit might help instead of fueling that negativity thing you were typing about a day or so ago.

edit spelling

Umm.....read my later post about it all being a joke.

What?!?!?! No sense of humor????
04/02/2009 04:50:46 PM · #164
Nobody takes the challenges around here seriously, so nobody would be upset if they thought their entry had been disqualified. Nobody received the email after the 1st, so nobody was sure that this was, indeed, an april fools prank.

Nobody likes a good joke, as long as it doesn't bring the integrity of the site into question. It wasn't Freakin Halarious at first, but it was funny once the initial concerns were allayed.

The bottom line; Nobody enjoyed this.
04/02/2009 04:50:54 PM · #165
a lot of successful trolling in this thread. i thought i was over at fark for a second :)

of course, the most successful one of the day is still the april fools joke.
04/02/2009 04:52:18 PM · #166
Originally posted by Nobody:

Nobody takes the challenges around here seriously, so nobody would be upset if they thought their entry had been disqualified. Nobody received the email after the 1st, so nobody was sure that this was, indeed, an april fools prank.

Nobody likes a good joke, as long as it doesn't bring the integrity of the site into question. It wasn't Freakin Halarious at first, but it was funny once the initial concerns were allayed.

The bottom line; Nobody enjoyed this.


Now this is humor, someone give this guy a kudos!
04/02/2009 04:53:54 PM · #167
Originally posted by togtog:

I knew that like any joke played en masse that some would be hurt by it, and that bothered me, and still does.

I'm not sure how many people got the emails (or when), but the original idea was to randomly target people who posted in the scores threads. Those folks would probably catch on pretty quickly once they saw others in the threads with the same problem, and therefore be less likely to take it badly.
04/02/2009 04:54:10 PM · #168
Originally posted by togtog:

Originally posted by Nobody:

Nobody takes the challenges around here seriously, so nobody would be upset if they thought their entry had been disqualified. Nobody received the email after the 1st, so nobody was sure that this was, indeed, an april fools prank.

Nobody likes a good joke, as long as it doesn't bring the integrity of the site into question. It wasn't Freakin Halarious at first, but it was funny once the initial concerns were allayed.

The bottom line; Nobody enjoyed this.


Now this is humor, someone give this guy a kudos!


Nobody has their humor built right into their username.
04/02/2009 04:54:47 PM · #169
Originally posted by Nobody:

Nobody takes the challenges around here seriously, so nobody would be upset if they thought their entry had been disqualified. Nobody received the email after the 1st, so nobody was sure that this was, indeed, an april fools prank.

Nobody likes a good joke, as long as it doesn't bring the integrity of the site into question. It wasn't Freakin Halarious at first, but it was funny once the initial concerns were allayed.

The bottom line; Nobody enjoyed this.


My head just exploded.
04/02/2009 04:54:50 PM · #170
Orson Welles - War of the Worlds...

Now THAT was funny
04/02/2009 04:54:50 PM · #171
Originally posted by Nobody:

Nobody takes the challenges around here seriously, so nobody would be upset if they thought their entry had been disqualified. Nobody received the email after the 1st, so nobody was sure that this was, indeed, an april fools prank.

Nobody likes a good joke, as long as it doesn't bring the integrity of the site into question. It wasn't Freakin Halarious at first, but it was funny once the initial concerns were allayed.

The bottom line; Nobody enjoyed this.


If Nobody enjoyed this, then it must have failed dismally!! Nobody falls for a prank like this, and has Nobody to turn to:))
04/02/2009 04:55:41 PM · #172
Some folk really need to get out more... I thought it was a joke on the 1 day of the year that everyone is expecting something silly to happen (yes I know there is a time diff) I think we need to put it into perspective here and relax.... relaaaaaaaaax, concentrate on my voice, you are getting sleeeeeeeepy, yes sleeeeeepy.
04/02/2009 04:58:26 PM · #173
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by togtog:

I knew that like any joke played en masse that some would be hurt by it, and that bothered me, and still does.

I'm not sure how many people got the emails (or when), but the original idea was to randomly target people who posted in the scores threads. Those folks would probably catch on pretty quickly once they saw others in the threads with the same problem, and therefore be less likely to take it badly.


Oh, it wasn't sent to everyone in free-study? Ok, then I'm a bit more accepting. Someone should have said that before I wasted a rant! It takes a lot of effort to build those up. I don't just pull them out of my rump like some people think I do. It takes time and sometimes a lot of bird seed to put together.
04/02/2009 04:58:55 PM · #174
Originally posted by keegbow:

OMG, Can't believe the reaction here!!!

The best part of a "good" April Fool's joke is getting the reaction from the suckers who fell for it. Obviously this was a "good" joke based on the reaction it received.

Thanks DPC for a great joke!!! and thanks to all those complainers!!.... your reaction is making the joke even better.


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Originally posted by togtog:

o if someone called in a bomb threat on April 1st to get a reaction, and people reacted, that would make it funny? Since that seems to be the only qualifier for what is a good joke or a poor one.


Originally posted by keegbow:

Your kidding right, how in this day and age can you compare a bomb threat to a April Fool's joke. Gez get over it !!
What I was trying to say: it was a harmless joke and when people react to a harmless joke you know your joke worked.

Your analogy to a bomb threat is very insensitive and shows a lack of decorum.

What this joke has confirmed is that a lot of people here take this site way to serious.

No, what this whole thing has made abundantly clear is that there are only certain people allowed to make certain types of tasteless, inane, stupid pranks, and that there's no actual rules to it.

Some people will get jerked around, called names, have bad feelings, and they're all assholes if they don't think it's funny.

If you cannot see that there were people that were needlessly made to be concerned because they were of the impression that a DQ is a serious thing, then maybe you ought to rethink your level of compassion and understanding.

It *WAS* stupid and childish, and just because some people say that people that got caught out don't have a sense of humor doesn't make it so.
04/02/2009 04:59:27 PM · #175
Originally posted by togtog:

The reason why the dpc joke was so great is because people are so upset over it. The reaction is all that matters, that makes the joke "good". So obviously the bigger the reaction and the more upset the better. So a bomb threat would be the perfect joke, maybe people would even trample one another...

You're comparing actual injury to a pretend DQ? As Chromey said, SERIOUSLY? I would expect a comparison like that, umm.... yesterday.
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