Every year some people complain about all the april fools jokes "cluttering" HN.
Sheesh people, it's one day a year. It's fun. If you don't like fun, don't visit HN for a day or two. Hell, it's the weekend. Go outside. Come back on Monday. You won't miss anything. And no one will miss you. Promise.
Plus, this year it's _Sunday_! I mean seriously, do we need to be super-productive every single day of the year? And for those that want to make a slippery slope argument, I'd just like to say that April's Fools holds a very special place in geek life - it's pretty much the only day of the year that being original and whacky actually gets us applause anther than condemnation. It's practically the Geek Nation national holiday, so let us have some fun!
Perhaps the fact that such links trend well on aggregators like hacker news and reddit as well as micro-blogs like twitter is evidence to the contrary. You may not, but a lot of people still find it fun (myself included).
Are you being deliberately obtuse? Popular Reddit memes are "not always good"* because of their frequency and continuous presence. April Fools is once a year and [apparently] popular on HN, you can't seriously compare that to the sort of memes that "infest" Reddit.
* to some. I don't mind them, personally. And they're easy enough to avoid--as soon as I log in and I get my personal programming/comp.sci/math/netsec related subreddits, my personal Reddit frontpage is about as good as HN, with the exception that one of the two does not constantly shit on the other at every possible opportunity (seriously, and you say April Fools is "played out").
I for one welcome the new gopher overlords of tuxfamily.org as announced on linuxfr.org (french slashdot like site)! Even better - I opened my own gopher server on guylhem.org as part of a "retro" project a few weeks ago ;-)
Quite fun to do, but good documentation to create a good looking gopher server is still lacking in 2012.
Every April first I am afraid to go on the internet, because some people are so effective at making their April Fool's Day jokes subtle that I'm quite afraid I'll read some great or horrible story that's a joke and not understand it's a joke, or even worse that I'll read some great or horrible story and think it's a joke when it's actually reality.
It's good to have a laugh, but it's too mainstream/common for me to really be comfortable taking anything seriously.
Wow, Google made at least 8 or 9 April Fools jokes this year. I know these are all just for fun, but doesn't this seem a bit excessive? It makes me feel like Google is focusing harder on portraying themselves as a place with a cool culture than focusing on making cool things (like they used to). It would be much cooler if Google really released half the things they facetiously made for today. I can only hope they have something earth-shattering up their sleeves with their autonomous car program.
Just came to say I'm pretty pissed someone has done this, I don't want to click on your website. I'm not interested. I want them to appear on HN, so I can glimpse on the front-page.
Edit: just clicked the link and I'm even more annoyed! I don't care what the internet is doing on Apr 1st, I care what startups and other HN related entities are doing on Apr 1st. Something I cant do on that other site.
Might seem like a pointless rant, I just don't see the point of people fragmenting my experience.