hey i keep seeing those april fools bad joke awareness posts going around and most of them suggest rickrolling as a good alternative to screamers or other potentially problematic pranks
RICKROLLING IS NOT A GOOD BLANKET SUGGESTION FOR AN ALTERNATIVE
if you are sending someone a link and you inform them that it is actually audio/video, but trick them into thinking its something other than rick astley: fine, great. thats a good prank!
if you are claiming to link to a website that is text/static image-based and you send someone to a VIDEO with POTENTIALLY LOUD NOISES, THIS IS BAD AND A BAD PRANK TO DO.
MANY disabled and/or neurotypical people have heightened startle reflexes and/or may be triggered when they are confronted by sudden noise/video that they are not expecting. some people find it EXTREMELY difficult to process sound/movement they are not prepared for, and while it may not freak them out to the level a screamer would, it is still very unpleasant and unneccessary!
again: IF YOU ARE GOING TO RICKROLL SOMEONE, PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO SPECIFY THAT IT IS A LINK TO A VIDEO
your friends and followers will thank you!
I’m not sure that I think rickrolling is ok in any case, but I definitely agree that it’s not ok to rickroll when someone is expecting text or a static image.
I think that, just in general, you should not be blanket-pranking a group of people (esp. when there are people you do not know potentially in that group) and also in general, you should only prank specific people, who you are GOOD FRIENDS WITH (or close family,) and whose boundaries you ALREADY KNOW.
There’s also a form of April Fools silliness that isn’t exactly a prank that I think it is ok to do even publicly or to groups. It’s more, just doing an unusually silly thing for general amusement.
- Google has an annual fake April Fools product
- ThinkGeek has an annual April Fools fake catalogue
- Many newspaper have obviously fake joke stories on April Fools
- Sometimes school cafeterias put out food that looks like other food or that is dyed an unusual color (I think this is ok so long as you also have regular food available for people who don’t like this)