April Fools

deliciousdannydevito:

While we’re talking about what not to do on April Fools Day, let me remind everyone not to pull ‘unreality pranks’.

Don’t go up to a person and say ‘wake up’, ‘you’re dreaming’ (and especially don’t tag team it with two or three other people, saying the same thing). Don’t pretend not to know a person you know. Don’t fabricate events or non-existent people in order to pull a ‘you don’t remember? it just happened the other day!’

All of these things can trigger severe dissociative episodes, panic attacks, paranoia, psychotic episodes, and suicidal ideation.

If you haven’t experienced this (I assume most non mentally ill people haven’t), suffice to say it is the most frightening feeling in the world, and makes you want to be dead, like, right now. So don’t do it.

sarah-g:

realsocialskills:

kind of curious as of to why you’re not sure rickrolling is ok in any case, if you don’t mind talking about it without being sure about it
realsocialskills said:
You never know what’s triggering to other people.
Rickrolling involves tricking someone into watching a video they otherwise would not have watched. When you trick someone into seeing something they wouldn’t have seen on purpose, you’re taking away some of their defenses against exposing themselves to triggering material.
In addition, some people find being tricked inherently triggering or otherwise unsettling.
I think rickrolling is ok between friends who you know are ok with that kind of thing, but that it’s probably not such a good thing to do publicly.

sarah-g said:

“In addition, some people find being tricked inherently triggering or otherwise unsettling.”

YES. In regards to ALL April Fools’ Day pranks, no matter how “harmless” you think they may be, really think about the person you’re trying to trick. Will they really think it’s as funny as you? Do you know them well enough to even know if they’ll find it funny?

slashmarks:

realsocialskills:

whirling-ghost:

realsocialskills:

kind of curious as of to why you’re not sure rickrolling is ok in any case, if you don’t mind talking about it without being sure about it
realsocialskills said:
You never know what’s triggering to other people.
Rickrolling involves tricking someone into watching a video they otherwise would not have watched. When you trick someone into seeing something they wouldn’t have seen on purpose, you’re taking away some of their defenses against exposing themselves to triggering material.
In addition, some people find being tricked inherently triggering or otherwise unsettling.
I think rickrolling is ok between friends who you know are ok with that kind of thing, but that it’s probably not such a good thing to do publicly.

whirling-ghost: said:

I think rickrolling someone is a million times better than linking them to a screamer or somthing that’s much worse. I know it’s still not good but April Fool’s day is generally a day of trickery and rickrolling is quite low on the scale of tricks you can pull

realsocialskills said:

I agree that rickrolling is a million times better than linking to a screamer.

I just think that pranks should only be played on willing participants. 

slashmarks said:
Honestly, I’d rather be linked to a screamer than rickrolled. Screamers startle you, but human voices going on continually while you tab-hunt — awful. (This is why I keep my audio off). And “trickery” is not an obligation. No one is going around fining people who do not participate in April Fool’s Day. You are supposedly a self-aware person with control over your actions; if you can’t think of a trick that won’t hurt anyone, don’t. Pull. One.

Hello, I am usually triggered by unexpected music & the rickroll song in particular is very bad for me. Thank you for pointing out that rickrolling is a harmful prank – I’ve been considering whether I’ll have to stay off tumblr around April Fool’s because so many people are pushing it as harmless, fun, and not something that needs to be tagged.

whirling-ghost:

realsocialskills:

kind of curious as of to why you’re not sure rickrolling is ok in any case, if you don’t mind talking about it without being sure about it
realsocialskills said:
You never know what’s triggering to other people.
Rickrolling involves tricking someone into watching a video they otherwise would not have watched. When you trick someone into seeing something they wouldn’t have seen on purpose, you’re taking away some of their defenses against exposing themselves to triggering material.
In addition, some people find being tricked inherently triggering or otherwise unsettling.
I think rickrolling is ok between friends who you know are ok with that kind of thing, but that it’s probably not such a good thing to do publicly.

whirling-ghost: said:

I think rickrolling someone is a million times better than linking them to a screamer or somthing that’s much worse. I know it’s still not good but April Fool’s day is generally a day of trickery and rickrolling is quite low on the scale of tricks you can pull

realsocialskills said:

I agree that rickrolling is a million times better than linking to a screamer.

I just think that pranks should only be played on willing participants. 

toiletdemon:

sofuckingblue:

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…

toiletdemon said:

Also in most browsers you can just hover over a link to display the URL, so unless you’ve set up a redirect (& if you’re going to go to all that trouble you may as well do something more complex than a rickroll) you’ve not really fooled anyone. 0/10.

realsocialskills said:

The problem with that is that a lot of people do not know that is possible or aren’t wary, and still end up seeing something they didn’t want to see. The fact that it is technically possible for a wary person to avoid being tricked doesn’t mean it’s ok to try to trick people who don’t want to be tricked.

occoris:

realsocialskills:

sofuckingblue:

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!

realsocialskills said:

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.

occoris said:

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.

realsocialskills said:

Yes, this.

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.

Examples:

  • 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)

kind of curious as of to why you’re not sure rickrolling is ok in any case, if you don’t mind talking about it without being sure about it
realsocialskills said:
You never know what’s triggering to other people.
Rickrolling involves tricking someone into watching a video they otherwise would not have watched. When you trick someone into seeing something they wouldn’t have seen on purpose, you’re taking away some of their defenses against exposing themselves to triggering material.
In addition, some people find being tricked inherently triggering or otherwise unsettling.
I think rickrolling is ok between friends who you know are ok with that kind of thing, but that it’s probably not such a good thing to do publicly.

sofuckingblue:

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!

realsocialskills said:

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.