On chat.meta.stackoverflow, there's a little easter egg where text entered as

[status-blah]

will be rendered as a moderator only tag.

We'd like to do something similar, but specific to serverfault -- namely, when you type a magic string, something amusing and in-joke-y for serverfault.com happens, and it's visible to the entire chat room.

Do you have any ideas for anything server-fault-y we can do as an easter egg in chat.serverfault.com ?

Answer here, or in the dedicated chat room for this topic at http://chat.serverfault.com/rooms/31/pick-a-meme

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It's moments like these I wish I was creative... –  Mark Henderson Sep 21 '10 at 0:16
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How about "[dismiss-system-notification-bar]"? –  squillman Sep 21 '10 at 1:59
    
@squill - [status-bydesign] –  Mark Henderson Sep 21 '10 at 3:23
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I did a small double-take when I saw the OP's name on this one. –  Pops Sep 21 '10 at 16:37
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You might find something involving ASCII or non-binary data more appealing to most of this crowd. –  Warner Sep 24 '10 at 14:55
    
@Warner see my answer :-) –  Josh Sep 25 '10 at 17:35
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I was just reading through the chat transcript for the room, and I quite like the idea of

rm -rf /

doing something that appears to do something nasty, but perhaps to the end-user's session only? Perhaps pretend to purge the chat history and then crash Server Fault (perhaps bring up a BSOD (or a panic/halt if you don't want to mix operating system faults)).

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I really like the idea of BBS era linenoise. –  Warner Sep 21 '10 at 14:19
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Nothing brings me back like a good fake NO CARRIER, or a long string of ^H^H^H^H^H^H. –  sysadmin1138 Sep 21 '10 at 15:41
    
This is funny, but probably too disruptive to implement. (Not too technically challenging to implement, mind you; I just think a lot of people would abuse it and cause everyone else to leave chat in frustration.) –  Pops Sep 21 '10 at 16:39
    
It could be implemented to discourage abuse. It's an easter egg, not a documented feature. –  Warner Sep 22 '10 at 2:10
    
Noone said that the message had to end being sent to any of the users... although maybe that's the point? –  Mark Henderson Sep 22 '10 at 4:55
    
@Farseeker: @Jeff's question says "and it's visible to the entire chat room." –  jscott Sep 24 '10 at 13:51
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I still like the idea of line noise! –  Warner Sep 24 '10 at 20:42
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How about a favico-style icon in front of certain links? Say, Windows icon for Microsoft links, that kind of thing. Kind of like this:

Thingy

Oo! I know! Some kind of animated lightbulb whenever anyone has "any [thoughts|ideas]?" in a message. We get that a lot.

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ooo i like the light bulb idea! –  Zypher Sep 24 '10 at 22:53
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@gWaldo's answer made me think... I like the blinkenlights and the rm -rf /, but, those are just two specific examples. As a frequent user of chat.meta.stackoverflow.com what I like best about the [status-*] easter egg is that you can use it for anything. Leading to very funny back-and-forths. blinkenlights would probably be just a single image, or maybe a small handful.

In the spirit of the easter egg taking arbitrary user input and doing something to it, how about using either figlet or cowsay or something?

Examples:

serverfault-answer:Reboot Your Server! produces:

  ____      _                 _    __   __               
 |  _ \ ___| |__   ___   ___ | |_  \ \ / /__  _   _ _ __ 
 | |_) / _ \ '_ \ / _ \ / _ \| __|  \ V / _ \| | | | '__|
 |  _ <  __/ |_) | (_) | (_) | |_    | | (_) | |_| | |   
 |_| \_\___|_.__/ \___/ \___/ \__|   |_|\___/ \__,_|_|   

  ____                           _ 
 / ___|  ___ _ ____   _____ _ __| |
 \___ \ / _ \ '__\ \ / / _ \ '__| |
  ___) |  __/ |   \ V /  __/ |  |_|
 |____/ \___|_|    \_/ \___|_|  (_)

Or:

 _____________________
< Reboot Your Server! >
 ---------------------
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
                ||----w |
                ||     ||
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ASCII art, right up there with a fake NO CARRIER for bringing me back. –  sysadmin1138 Sep 25 '10 at 14:54
    
@sysadmin1138 yeah I was trying to think of something, well, sysadmin-y... ASCII art isn't exactly sysadminy, but it's the best I have come up with so far :-) –  Josh Sep 25 '10 at 15:08
    
Could be prone to abuse but I like figlet. Not a bad idea. I use sysvbanner for a lot of my documentation. –  Warner Sep 27 '10 at 18:00
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I was thinking something with blinkenlights..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blinkenlights

Like some kind of light (image) with an optional text such as

blinkenlights server overloaded

would produce something like..

alt text

.. (but more small single line icon-y) with the text "server overload" next to it

(from http://www.blinkenlights.nl/)

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Not bad. Maybe it can print the optional text in binary lights? –  Mark Henderson Sep 21 '10 at 2:50
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I was going to downvote until I saw "(but more small single line icon-y)"; I'm not sure how well a standalone small blinkenlight would work, though. –  Pops Sep 21 '10 at 16:38
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How about supporting changing the way usernames/gravatars/rep etc are displayed by typing something like PS1=<something>. also when you do this regular users have a '$' appended to their user name, and mods have '#' appended.

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prompt $p$g aaah the memories –  Mark Henderson Sep 24 '10 at 6:10
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How about involving the term

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

.. for random questions? Not sure how it would work, but that quote solves about 90% of the questions right? :-)

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