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April Fools

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In a number of years on April 1st for April Fools' Day the MetaFilter staff have played some sort of prank or joke on MetaFilter members.

As a belated prank, in May of 2001 mathowie admitted that mefi was populated by Eliza bots, not people with a redirect to (recap). After the Kaycee Nicole saga unfolded, this joke was taken seriously (via (discussion).
Due to recurring accidents, pb eventually disabled the effect. For the interested, boo_radley posted Greasemonkey scripts to recreate the effect.

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