April 1, 2011
Ah, April 1st, the one day of the year that you can't trust everything you read on the internet....
Sorry, did I forget my sarcasm tag?
It is an interesting day, though. For those of us who are particularly gullible, it's probably a day of irritation at best (did you know that Wikipedia has no entry for Gullible (seriously, just click the link)), but if you're the kind of person who takes part in the shenanigans, then it's a day of choices. Do you prank people? If so, how far do you go? How do you cross the line?
As I write this, there's discussion on twitter using the #sysadmin hashtag. One side of the argument is that, as sysadmins, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard. The other is that, with as much pressure as we're under day-to-day, it's alright to relax occasionally and have (and take) a joke.
I can see both sides, but really, as a sysadmin, it's necessary to manage your stress, and one of the best ways to do that is to relax on occasion and have some fun. Of course, what fun you choose to have is the crux of the issue.
There's no telling how people take a joke, and what one person might laugh at and shrug off, another person might get upset about. I've had people react both ways to things I've done, so if you're prepared to play a joke, be prepared to deal with the consequences (which may involve needing to take a joke, too).
That being said, did you do anything for April Fools Day? My junior admin got one of the guys here at work by replacing his workstation with a Commodore 64: