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


will be rendered as a moderator only tag.

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

Do you have any ideas for anything super-user-y we can do as an easter egg in chat.superuser.com ?

Answer here, or in the dedicated chat room for this topic at http://chat.superuser.com/rooms/14/pick-a-meme

Someone yesterday mentioned something involving Microsoft Clippy - Would love to see that!... can't really suggest much past that! – William Hilsum Sep 20 '10 at 23:50
You should work on that accept rate ;) – Default Sep 24 '10 at 16:50

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via @balpha:

how about this: When the message matches /^how (?:can|do) I (.+)\?/i, a talking paper clip appears with a speech bubble saying "It looks like you're trying to \1. Do you want some help?" and a link to SU



I encountered this today and I was horrified. – Wrzlprmft Jul 14 at 14:02

How about involving the term

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

.. for random questions? Not sure if it would work, but that quote solves about 90% of the questions right? :-)
(perhaps it would fit better on serverfault though)

@Michael, good news, you can propose it – Pops Sep 21 '10 at 16:42
@Lord: sweet! I'll propose it there as well :) – Default Sep 24 '10 at 16:09
.. or not.. Only have 1 rep, need 5 to post (not that active on serverfault) – Default Sep 24 '10 at 16:11
@Michael you should get 100 rep if you associate your accounts – Sathya Sep 24 '10 at 16:25
@Sathya: I should but haven't. I associated the SF account with my SO account along time ago and just haven't used the SF account.. I guess I did something wrong, as the other accounts I have succesfully received 100rep. – Default Sep 24 '10 at 16:28
@Michael, you can unassociate and reassociate for the bonus. – Pops Sep 24 '10 at 16:29
@Lord T: how do I do that..? It won't screw up my other accounts will it? – Default Sep 24 '10 at 16:32
@Michael it shouldn't -just head over to your accounts and clear associations and re-associate them – Sathya Sep 25 '10 at 16:44
Seemed to work fine, couldn't reassociate with one account, but I'll retry some day. here's the new response :) – Default Sep 26 '10 at 0:00

Just to ensure the discussions on chat are not lost.

via @Ivo Links: 1, 2, 3, 4

yeah it's pretty universal. Anyone who dares press the send button in the interface should get an error with this comic

I saw that on Reddit today...not as funny as this thread. – digitxp Sep 21 '10 at 2:41

via @JNK

AIt would be funny if anytime anyone said recursion it linked to the google search for recursion, which is in itself hilarious

I would repeat the message if someone said recursion – Ivo Flipse Sep 21 '10 at 21:11

For anyone who wants a lame one: !!!! -> Crazy seizure-inducing banner ad.


How about something I am using in subversion comments for a long time:

Bunny appreciates this code
(\ /)
(> <)
Don´t mess with bunny!

It is editable so bunny can appreciate everything you do ;-)

BUNNIEZZ ARE EVIL!!!!!!!!!!! – Sathya Sep 24 '10 at 6:16

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