History of April Fool's dAy!
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Here is a brief history of April Fool's pranks deviantART has played on it's members. Please note that information is still missing (mostly older years) - this is because some April Fool's pranks were never recorded or are lost in the millions of journals on the site.



2001 - "jark is Arrested"


jark is arrested in Disneyland for cutting in line and refusing to move to the back.




2004 - "British Takeover"


April Fool's Day 2004 marked the day the British took over deviantART. New rules were enforced on that day, including spelling "color", "colour" and saying "Cheers guv'nor" instead of "Thank You".

"Please note that any American who uses the term "soccer" will have their IP banned from deviantART and their gallery purged. Not only that, but the last 10 people who have commented on that American's user page will also be banned. Let that be an incentive for you Americans to refer to the beautiful game as FOOTBALL and not "soccer". No exceptions will be made."




2005

  • devart received the Deviousness Award.



2006


Deviousness-theinternet by bradleysays



2007 - "Changes to the Help Desk"


This year sparked changes to the Help Desk, specifically, it was going to be a subscriber based service. Non-subscribing members would need to pay $29.95 per year to have access to the Help Desk, a reduced price of $19.95 was made available to deviants who only wanted live help.




2008 - "Mudkips"


This day was the day of the Mudkips (a Pokemon). User's icons were changed to this icon made by Chimpantalones.


Deviants could not change their icon back until April 2nd. As well as the icons, Mudkips received the Deviousness Award.



2009 - "Symbol Changes"


Symbol changes were the main prank for 2009's April Fool's Day. All $taff Members, `seniors, ^gallery moderators, and MNs were given the ! (banned/deactivated) symbol.

Beta Testers got a unique symbol change by receiving the snowman symbol. 



Other pranks this year included icon changes and upside down text across the site.



2010 - "Team Gaga/Edward/Jacob/Seeker"


Team Gaga. Team Jacob. Team Edward. Team Seeker. All icons were changed to one of these teams, and each team has three different avatars. Again, users could not change avatars until April 2nd, and could not "swap teams". 

Here are the icons:

Team Gaga (Lady Gaga)

  

Team Jacob (Twilight Saga)



Team Edward (Twilight Saga)


Team Seeker (Legend of the Seeker)



But clearly, Team Gaga was the best. ;p LadyGaga also received Seniority and the Deviousness Award on April Fool's Day that year.

Llama Badges were also launched on this day!



2011 - "A Trollface April Fool's"


Trollface was the theme of 2011's April Fool's Day with Trollface himself appearing throughout user's message centers and deviation pages. trollface also received the Deviousness Award. :trollface: 

Several Trollface T-Shirts & Gear were made available in the deviantART shop until sold out.
Trollywood Star T-Shirt (Men's) by deviantWEAR  Problepeno Tee by deviantWEAR  Trollface Viva La Problema Tee by deviantWEAR  Trollface Problem? T-Shirt by deviantWEAR  U Mad? Pack by deviantWEAR


 

2012 - "Feline Overlords Takeover"


Aprilfools2012 by bradleysays

MajorGeneralWhiskers, leader of Feline UpRising (FUR) had taken over deviantART and kidnapped deviantART's mascot, Fella. Deviants had to submit 15,000 cat-related deviations to the Free Fella gallery to save Fella from the Feline Overlords. Fella was freed a few hours after the takeover. Anyone who helped free Fella was awarded the Whiskers profile badge.

MajorGeneralWhiskers received the Deviousness Award on that day.

Aprilfools2012-deviousness by bradleysays

Among the Free Fella movement, was cat-related facts popping up throughout the site (see below)

Aprilfools2012-catfacts by bradleysays

When browsing, some thumbnails were changed to cat-related images (but changed back after hovering).




2013 - "deviantHEART.com"


devianHeart (1) by bradleysays

deviantART.com had released a new dating website for artists, deviantHEART.com

Deviants who took part had to take a short survey about what they are "looking for" in a partner. 

deviantheart survey by bradleysays

The answers did not influence the results at all, because each deviant's perfect match were randomly generated. :heart:

Aprilfools by bradleysays



That concludes the history of deviantART's April Fool's Pranks, until next year! :salute:


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bradleysays's avatar
I’ll update this when I get to a computer, thanks! :hug:
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Thiefoworld's avatar
No pressure! I was just putting this here to have it in one place, just like Eve did with 2014 - 2018 =P 

I know this was years ago but thanks for putting this together Bradley! :hug: 
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TheGalleryOfEve|Professional Digital Artist
Leaving these here :iconhurrplz:

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bradleysays's avatar
I’ll add these in whenever I get to a computer! :heart:
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CISOLR's avatar
Nothing beats FUR 2012 takeover.
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RocketBunny99|Hobbyist General Artist
You forgot DeviantArtOriginals.com.
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OriginalNick's avatar
The FUR one is still the best one... It's the only one I really remember as it's so lovingly burned into the brain. I think I spent time on dA longer than normal just to admire it that day.

All the jokes are... nice in their own way, but nothing will ever trump that cat one.. nothing yet, anyway.
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MysticM's avatar
I don't rememeber DEviantHEART, but FUR was my favourate April Fools by far and wished it lasted longer.

:iconcomrade-che-nine::iconresistfurplz:
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sonbreezie|Student Filmographer
I don't remember the whole 2010 thing. I wasn't even on back then, I think I came back in June?
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allagenda|Hobbyist General Artist
I remember there being a thoughtart one, or something, where you clicked on it and it loaded a random image and title or something. I think a lot of people wanted it back.
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alphadevilll|Hobbyist Digital Artist
deviantheart. lol
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:thumb120495342:
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NekoGamerGirl|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mudkip icon 
Annoying Bonzi Balloon Boy Chat Icon 
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RaraCloe|Student Traditional Artist
You forgot last year. (or I just can't see it on my phone)
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Snivy101|Hobbyist Digital Artist
After experiencing DeviantHeart, The Cat Takeover, and Trolls, I wish we got a better joke this year. This pen advertisement is stupid. Forcefully change our avatars like 2010, our comments like 2012, or something more creative! I mean... a pen... seriously Deviantart?

What if Emotes took over or something? Every avatar being transformed into one of like 20 emotes or something. And Emotes randomly being placed in comments.
Or... What if Deviantart went through a "glitch phase" where the menus and galleries glitch out all day?
Or... what if Deviantart was simply mirror or turned upside down for a day! Simple... but would have been hilarious!

Seriously... I want something FUN, HUMOROUS, and MORE INTERACTIVE next year. Not a stupid pen hashtag. I mean.... not even a pen dictator?
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BlazingRivers|Hobbyist General Artist
This year is just a pen advertisement ahh well
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BC-Rain|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved last year's though, that one was awesome!
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Cpr-Covet|Student General Artist
Curious about this year..
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OtakuNationArt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
a stupid pen advertisement.
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Auxuris|Hobbyist General Artist
soon, soon.. c:
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MonotonyArt|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I still think they should make Deviant Heart a real thing...
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juriTanaka|Hobbyist General Artist
who gets prank at 2012 with deviant:heart: rvmpheart is a huge forever alone... Yeah I'm get prankedFool Emoji-24 (Forever Alone) [V3] 
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