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.