That April Announcement That Some of You Guys Might Have Been Waiting for

tl;dr — no April Fools Day prank this year, and I don't think we are doing one anymore at OzBargain.

Hi all. This is that April 1st announcement that some of you guys have been waiting for, but sorry it might be disappointing. Historically OzBargain has done April Fools Day pranks over the years (here's the 2019 one), but last year due to COVID-19 we did not end up running one. We were not the only one that cancelled April Fools Day pranks last year though — Google, NPR and National Geographic etc all decided not to participate.

Fast forward a few months, and I had started planning AFD 2021 near the end of last year. There were a few plans and I have thought through some of the ideas.

  • OzTrafficAdvice with MS Paint integration, which I was going to use a self-hosted jspaint.app (an open source MS Paint implementation on the web). This one is obvious from the number of traffic accident advice requests in the forums, and the number of times people asking for MSPaint diagrams.

  • OzBargain BBS where you telnet into port 23 of a server to get a terminal version of OzBargain where you can list deals and view comments! It's reminiscent of the late 80's / early 90's dialup BBS, and a cool work mode for those on the command line often.

  • Retailer Among Us, an Among Us-like game where "evil retailer" has sent in 10 imposters among the OzBargain members, and they have stolen the code to moderation tools, where they can now put regular users into penalty box (by adding an extra option when replying someone's comment). Other OzBargainers have to examine the crime scene, figure out who the imposters are, and boot them out.

  • Deals Media Bargaining Code, where OzBargain can no longer link to deals due to this new law as the Australian retailers complain about OzBargain stealing their content. Yes it's a response to the stories where Google and Facebook may abandon Australia due to similar legislation.

However I ran out of time, and gave up doing the April Fools Day prank altogether this year.

I got to admit that some of them would be fun to implement, but overall adds very little to the general usage of the website. For example I have worked out the scenario and mechanism for the Among Us-like game, and it would cost me probably 2 weeks to implement — but I don't think it's even worth it for the 3 hour fun on the April Fools day, not to mention having to handle angry users complaining about the getting banned by the "imposters". Deals Media Bargaining Code? I don't want to give wrong ideas to the retailers lest they actually come to us demanding payments, seeing how "successful" the federal government and news outlets are, exhorting money from the big tech.

Yeah, I figured that I grew old and felt meh about doing April Fools Day pranks. So that's it. No April Fools Day pranks this year, and I might not be investing more into future ones either.


On a not so related note, we are not doing the treasure hunt this Easter Weekend either. Like last year it would be rescheduled to sometime in June. I would like to giveaway some latest-gen game consoles, the latest OzBargain T-shirt (from last year's winning design), gift cards and other gadgets. Hopefully the availability of game consoles will improve by June. I am also looking at doing some hoodies with OzBargain logo to be ready for winter — you might even win one from the treasure hunt (finger crossed).

Comments

  • +11

    Scotty, you’re a legend regardless. Some clever ideas there but you’re right, so much work for a few hours of fun and then having to deal with those who don’t realise the date.

    Just keep the bargains flowing!

  • +49

    Nice april fools prank. I don't get it.

    • april fools prank inception….

  • +1

    Some good ideas, shame we didn't get any of them.

    I would like to giveaway some latest-gen game consoles,

    Finally a way to get a PS5

  • +1

    MS Paint integration… I foresee a lot of d!cks

  • +7

    OzTrafficAdvice with MS Paint integration

    Woot Woot

  • +2

    Thank you Scotty! We appreciate all the work you have done in the past! Look after yourself first :)

  • +3

    Still suspicious

  • +8

    One thing Scotty missed in his update: after constant nagging, JV will be promoted to Ozbargain moderator tomorrow.

    Watch out new posters!

    • +1

      The use of bold letters will be mandatory in every comment.

  • The prank is there is no prank… 9d chess over here.

  • +1

    Scotty where are the OzBargain face masks!

  • +2

    OzBBS woulda been awesome

  • +1

    Thanks Scotty. Would love to be able to have meetups again at some point this year!

  • Honestly, thank you. I'm so sick of the web being borderline unuseable for nearly 48 hours because of April Fools Day site sabotages.

  • +2

    Thanks for the announcement.
    Now do the AFD prank please :)

  • +2

    Was wondering where this years prank was…

  • +2

    Never win those treasure hunt games anyway. Literally spend all day refreshing to find nothing.

    Yeah, I figured that I grew old and felt meh about doing April Fools Day pranks. So that's it. No April Fools Day pranks this year, and I might not be investing more into future ones either.

    Do Giphy again or support giphy integration since basically every smart phone has a gif keyboard now. It's low effort and people can have a lot of fun with it.

    • Never win those treasure hunt games anyway

          number of winners 
      ------------------------- = a very small number
         number of OzB users
      

      However that does not negate the fact that some people did win :)

      Do Giphy again… It's low effort and people

      It's low effort for us and unfortunately I think it also encourages low effort posts from the community. For those who remembered the chaos of all the animated gifs on the day…

      • However that does not negate the fact that some people did win :)

        Always seems the same people win a large number of prizes. Oh well frustrates me too much so I give up anyway.

        It's low effort for us and unfortunately I think it also encourages low effort posts from the community. For those who remembered the chaos of all the animated gifs on the day…

        Ah yes I forgot that side of it. It was quite spammy.

  • https://gbatemp.net/ is doing the BBS thing today.

    • Ah nice. They even used CSS filter to make images look like using VGA palette.

  • K33n for work mode!

  • +1

    Honestly thought the announcement that there's no AFD was the joke in it self lol

  • Too much of real life feels like an AFD joke.

    If we want to torture people we just need to highlight deals we will, probably, never see again. Like the $3500 round the world business class airfare from Virgin or getting the 30 bottle Vintec wine fridge for $150 (delivered) when you bought $120 worth of Penfolds wine. Even the fact that the Bin 28 cost me $16 a bottle, back then.
    Pull a few deals out of the archives and watch us weep.

    Thanks for all your work, Scotty. You’ve saved me mucho bucks over the years. (Or cost me mucho bucks depending on how you look at it).

  • OB good enough for me, thanks scotty, mods and whole community