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Please use this page for discussions surrounding the creation of "Did You Know" items for April Fools' Day 2018

Areas of work needed to complete the front page are:

Ground rules for this activity along with a list of participants may be found on the Main talk page.


April Fools Did You Know items should present some trivia that can be presented in a manner that is possibly unbelievable to the reader. This can be done through words or names that mean two different things, shortened names, unbelievable facts, unrelated facts, etc. The normal written and unwritten rules for Did You Know (DYK) are followed, with these exceptions...

  • April Fools DYKs are subject to the usual exclusions regarding prior Main Page appearance, but the normal rules for special occasions do not apply: the article need only have been created/expanded/brought to GA in the year immediately preceding the April 1 on which it will appear.
  • Proper capitalization, title formatting, and linking standards may be disregarded only if adhering to them will tend to give away the joke. This should be done as little as possible. (example from 2009: "... that Caviar, Chardonnay, and Hot Cocoa compete for the love of Ray J? ")

All other Wikipedia rules and guidelines still apply. Pay special attention to Wikipedia's Biographies of living persons guidelines if your hook relates to a living person.

Remember, we are trying to confuse and mislead Wikipedians and visitors, not lie to them. Keep all hooks and articles completely truthful, but outrageous. (examples from 2010: A hook claiming Dmitry Medvedev died in 2005 is ok, saying Mikheil Saakashvili died is not.)

How to review a nomination

Any editor who was not involved in writing/expanding or nominating an article may review it by checking to see that the article meets the DYK criteria except, per above, the normal new enough rule (long enough, no serious editorial or content issues) and the hook is cited. Editors may also alter the suggested hook to improve it, suggest new hooks, or even lend a hand and make edits to the article which the hook applies so that the hook is supported and accurate. For a more detailed discussion of the DYK rules and review process see the supplementary guidelines.

If you want to confirm that an article is ready to be placed on a later update, or note that there is an issue with the article or hook, please use the following symbols to point the issues out:

Symbol Code DYK Ready? Description
Symbol confirmed.svg {{subst:DYKtick}} Yes No problems, ready for DYK
Pictogram voting keep.svg {{subst:DYKtickAGF}} Yes Article is ready for DYK, with a foreign-language or offline hook reference accepted in good faith
Symbol question.svg {{subst:DYK?}} Query DYK eligibility requires that an issue be addressed. Notify nominator with {{subst:DYKproblem|Article}}
Symbol possible vote.svg {{subst:DYK?no}} Maybe DYK eligibility requires additional work. Notify nominator with {{subst:DYKproblem|Article}}
Symbol delete vote.svg {{subst:DYKno}} No Article is either completely ineligible, or else requires considerable work before becoming eligible

Please consider using {{subst:DYKproblem|Article|header=yes|sig=yes}} on the nominator's talk page, in case they do not notice that there is an issue.


Awaiting verification

Note: Nominations for April 1 should be added to Template talk:Did you know in the usual way, as well as below.

Verified hooks

Mud pie

Fancy mudpies
Fancy mudpies
  • ... that a mud pie is not meant to be eaten and may contain pebbles as an ingredient? Source: "Making mud pies". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
    • ALT1:... that some parents actually create outdoor 'kitchens' in which children make mud pies? Source: "Build a Mudpie Station…". Small Potatoes. 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2018-04-23 and "Top 20 of Mud Kitchen Ideas for Kids
  • Reviewed: in process VDM-1, now Signaling of the New York City Subway
  • Comment: Consider this nomination for possible inclusion for the April 1, 2019 DYKs. I realize this is not the most amazing article ever written but it was fun and would definitely make readers say "Huh?"

5x expanded by Barbara (WVS) (talk). Self-nominated at 13:26, 28 April 2018 (UTC).

  • Symbol possible vote.svg New enough (5x expansion began on 28 April 2018), not long enough ( 1,381 characters "readable prose size") - 2 (a) Articles must have a minimum of 1,500 characters of prose, fully referenced. The image is of sandcastles, not mud pies, but it does have an appropriate licence. Main hook is okay; ALT1 is unsupported. Stricken. QPQ done. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 10:08, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for your review. I'll get to work. Best regards, Barbara   10:25, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
Symbol confirmed.svg As this has stalled, I'll pick it up. Date from redirect fine, length is now OK and the hook is very good. QPQ one, no close paraphrasing. I'm happy for this to to be the first DYK in next year's April Fools sets so well done on that. If you change your mind on that, I'll put it back here @Barbara (WVS):. Good to go for April Fools Day then. The C of E God Save the Queen! (talk) 08:36, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
Oh my! I am thrilled and flattered. I was the number #1 April's Fool DYK in 2018 and I hope to keep it up. Best Regards, Barbara   12:12, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

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