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Regarding April Fools' threads/posts

In short: Don't.

Every year someone thinks its funny or clever or whatever to make up some fake news and post it and try to troll everyone. Even in the spirit of friendly ribbing and april fools jokes, all it ususally does is cause people to get pissed off at being suckered and then work for the mods to reign things in before a bunch of people come back with "OMG is this true?!!?!?!" type posts.

Last year was a mess of deleted angry posts and keeping ahead of the curve. Ditto for the year before that, and before that, and so on. So let's just get ahead of it all right now and make sure everyone knows that april fools jokes are no bueno.

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Reporting April Fools' jokes perpetrated by the Sharks/NHL/media/other website/etc are OK as long as they are framed in a way that makes it clear to people that they are April Fools jokes without needing them to click the link. If someone wants to do an April Fools roundup for the NHL or how one of the Bay Area TV stations or sports teams or whatever did something to good to prank its fans/viewers, that's OK.

The only thing that's not OK is an original prank on HF targeting the other users. If the Sharks were to announce that Brad Stuart will be the backup tonight because Stalock is hurt and they can't bring in an emergency backup for some reason, that's fine. Posting "Sharks re-sign Dan Boyle to 3 year, $12m extension! *click* LOL APRIL FOOLS!" as a joke isn't.

I realize it seems kind of draconian, but you haven't seen the mess that some peoples' jokes have caused. Burning-the-forum-down levels of anger and hatred over someone's joke getting out of hand. So HF decided it was easier just to not play along with today and keep everyone from potentially losing their minds.

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