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April Fools Journal? [Apr. 1st, 2004|12:30 am]
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I first noticed it almost an hour ago . . .

The 'Friends' list turned to 'Stalked' . . .

Then, lj_serialadder appeared on the list.

http://home.comcast.net/~sauce1977rm/LJSerialAdder.jpg links you to a screenshot. (300 pixels/inch)

http://home.comcast.net/~sauce1977rm/LJSerialAdder2.jpg links you to a 2nd screenshot with userinfo's altered state. (72 pixels/inch)

Currently, the rate of responses to the post is about one per second.

At 12:30 AM Pacific Time on Apr. 1st, there are 2,282 comments to the post.

UPDATE: At 12:37 AM Pacific Time, the total jumped to 2,538 comments . . . in 7 minutes.

UPDATE 2: At 12:51 AM Pacific Time, the total responses hit 3,000.

UPDATE 4: After playing some Gold Miner on Game Rivals.com, I checked 4,361 responses at 1:39 AM Pacific Time.

UPDATE 5: 2:49 AM Pacific Time, 5,675 responses.

UPDATE 6: 4:15 AM Pacific Time, 6,666 responses.

UPDATE 7: 5:02 AM Pacific Time, 7,077 responses. It is slowing down a bit.

UPDATE 8: 2:39 PM Pacific Time. Slept for a while, woke up and checked to see the responses grew to over 12,800. Beginning to wonder what the record for responses to a post is.

UPDATE 9: 5:30 PM Pacific Time. Noticing the response count at over 13,300, I wonder if this is not only a prank, however, also an experiement to see how LJ servers handle massive amounts of traffic. I have noticed my terminal's slowness with regards to LJ this afternoon. Other popular websites are lightning-quick.

UPDATE 10: 7:00 PM Pacific Time. It is close to midnight on the US eastern seaboard, and the response-rate has slowed, with a total of 13,605. Currently, the prank journal serves as a breeding ground for attention seekers. These folks currently hold conversation with each other and themselves. People also leave their messages there . . . personal advertisements on a very public journal.

Final Update: 12:30 AM, Apr 2nd: Okay, now it's gone to a surreal level. Someone bought time for the account, and it is now 'paid member' status.

14,000 plus responses were logged to the account's first post. In the course of a little over 24 hours, it has massed 1,000 friends.

Where will it end? Hopefully, they have plenty of server space on its cluster (hint: move the prank journal to its own server cluster). I can imagine folks on the same cluster as that account. What a mess that could be.

Documented for "I'm not imagining this" purposes.

[User Picture]From: so_gracefully
2004-04-01 12:42 am (UTC)
april fool's day is the best day ever.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 12:47 am (UTC)
At first I was confused, then I heard talk about it, and then it brought a weird smile to my face . . . I had a bummed last day of March, feelings-wise.
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[User Picture]From: so_gracefully
2004-04-01 01:03 am (UTC)
i commented in the post about someone's grammar being incorrect, and within ten minutes i had a new livejournal friend, someone questioning my grammar authority but ultimately bowing down to my immense intelligence, and someone who commented that he really liked my livejournal name. conclusion: serial adders bring people together!!!!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 01:38 am (UTC)
All is not to be lost!

You bonded over an April Fool's Day Joke.

Excellent. We make of it what we will.
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[User Picture]From: heatherface
2004-04-01 01:19 am (UTC)
It's actually a really stupid joke.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 01:37 am (UTC)
It's totally odd and yet, like moths to the flame, they are burning it up with that post.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 01:50 am (UTC)
By the way, I can say something nice.

I had a bummed last day of March. I waited for the mood to change, however, and it did.
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[User Picture]From: heatherface
2004-04-01 09:02 pm (UTC)
3 hours into April Fool's and I was irritated as all hell, I've never liked this "holiday," people think of the most horrible and stupid pranks ever...half of them don't even make sense...I'm just glad I'm not working or in high school anymore, I slept the whole day.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 09:18 pm (UTC)
I hear and understand you on that one.

When planning a prank, few people rarely take the time to think of the possible outcomes.

In other words, they rarely look for possible catastrophes from their mark's reactions to a prank.

I learned that one early on . . . oddly enough, nothing to do with April Fool's Day, at that.

I was at a family get together for some other holiday . . . and I decided it would be funny that I would hide in a dark recess in a hallway at my grandfather's house.

I waited for someone to come along in order to pop out of the dark and scare them.

My aunt, who was in her middle age at the time, came walking down the hall.

I jumped out and went "RRRRRRRRRRR!"

She bit. She was completely surprised and resultingly scared by my 'harmless' scare effort.

She also scolded me, shakily, telling me that her heart was going 50 miles an hour . . . and she followed it with the guilt of "what if you did that to your grandfather? His heart could easily stop. You wouldn't do that to him, would you?"

If I was kind of a jack-ass kid like some were, that wouldn't have affected me. However, it got me thinking back then, and I just assumed not to do anything goofy to folks. If I did, I'd make sure that there was no catastophic outcome involved.

I guess I just think a lot.

Sorry 'bout the long response.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 09:21 pm (UTC)
With that being said, we seem to have a hard time practicing what we speak.

When I was a teen, we horsed around with complete strangers. Prank phone calls, and the like.

Sometimes the cops came 'round . . . but we were a combo of lucky and clever.

It took a few good years to realize that pranking someone is really not a good idea, or at least, one without possible liabilities and negative consequences.
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[User Picture]From: heatherface
2004-04-01 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm hoping the guy I'm dating doesn't pull anything, he's the only person I know who could actually affect me somehow. Anyone else, well, I simply don't like my other local friends, so anything they'd say or do I'd want more than one opinion on before having a reaction.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 09:29 pm (UTC)
That's very healthy.

You want to trust someone thoroughly before you make a decision.

Out of the kids back home, a small band of us developed that cadre that kept each other out of major harm . . .

We're still very close. Now that three of us are in Los Angeles, that trust runs deeper because there's few of us to deeply trust.

Folks we trust back home are 2,000 miles away from any quick help.
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[User Picture]From: mizcrank
2004-04-01 03:56 am (UTC)
i think its funny...playing of some LJers fears of adders :)
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 04:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, it truly is what one makes of it.

Some folks are upset over it.

You should see some of the responses!

Oooh, it turned up some real hornets.

Me? I just think it's kinda odd.
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[User Picture]From: mostlie_sunnie
2004-04-01 06:28 am (UTC)
I'm afraid of adders! Ummmm... the snake, I mean.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 02:20 pm (UTC)
Adders are poisonous-venom snakes, like rattlers and asps, right?
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[User Picture]From: mostlie_sunnie
2004-04-02 05:27 am (UTC)
I don't know... It was really just a lame attempt at a joke. :)
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-02 01:40 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: sm0t
2004-04-01 04:33 am (UTC)
Wow, I should have read your post first huh? I hadn't even realized that I'd repeated exactly what you said.

My bad.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 05:01 am (UTC)
No man, don't worry.

Actually, another fine LJer noticed the 'stalked' nuance to the userinfo, then I kind of started watching for more weird stuff . . .

It's not 'my scoop' or anything, really. It's spontaneous information, captured by a few thousand sources, probably all at once.

All of it currently pertaining to . . . something along the line of . . . "WTF?"

I'm still curious as to what will happen.
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[User Picture]From: lordjunon
2004-04-01 07:38 am (UTC)
i honestly dont care.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-01 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that you don't like April Fool's Day in your post.

Understandable. It reminds me of the old radio broadcast that fooled a lot of folks into thinking aliens had landed.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-22 05:48 pm (UTC)
Note: At 17,729 comments, the comment function was shut down for the first serial adder post.

The response stated that it had reached the maximum number of responses allowed.

Translation: April Fool's Day is so over, dorks. It's been capped at that number.
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