[Marketing] April Fool's Article

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 17:17:45 UTC 2016

On 31 March 2016 at 07:14, Paul W. Frields <stickster at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 08:44:07AM -0300, Sylvia Sánchez wrote:
>> Hi everyone!
>> I like the idea of doing some pranks in that day  (that I don't
>> remember which one exactly is).  I think we should throw some ideas to
>> the list, and see which one looks best.
>> If we can prank on something else but another company better, if not,
>> I don't mind to joke on Microsoft as Chaoyi said they have been joking
>> on us for a long while.
> -1 on this idea.  April Fools Day isn't a global event, for one thing,
> so we'd be going over the heads of some folks.  Also satire runs the
> risk of poking people in the eye unintentionally, and we shouldn't be
> doing that either.  I think this idea has come up multiple times over
> the last 13 years and usually shot down for the same reasons.  Let's
> leave the April Fools stuff to the snarky outlets.

>From past experiences, April Fool's jokes require weeks to months of
preparation to get right. Most of the time doing it at the last minute
comes across as exactly that: last minute. It then gets
misinterpreted, offensive, or a dozen other things than a little
cheeky comment to make people smile and laugh for a minute.

Stephen J Smoogen.

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