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




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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