I attempted an April Fools' Day gag at work, and FAILED. The failure is IT-instructive.
Now, I don't like April 1 jokes that are apparent just from the title; but I erred too far on the side of obscurity.
A few weeks ago, we had email chat at work about some of the weirdness you see on your router if Skype is running. I mused that I would prefer that people who do not use Skype should turn it off. Each time I was reminded that Skype was a major communication tool within Verilab.
So last Thursday I "announced" that a Skype ban would be rolled out starting with people "from the middle of the alphabet". People who don't even work in that office were "banned". To summarize:
The "ban" was high-handed and made entirely without consultation.
No alternative was proposed, making the "ban" extremely business-hostile.
The "analysis" on which the "ban" was based -- we occasionally see bursts of UDP packets for a minute or two -- was, errmm... "limited" to say the least.
"Starting in the middle of the alphabet" -- say what?
Summary: COMPLETELY INSANE.
What's interesting is that a COMPLETELY INSANE proposal from the IT guy is taken as quite normal. I was asked polite questions, and people seemed to be trying to adapt. I don't know whether my colleagues intended to ignore me, work around me, or what. (Of course, it may be a double-bluff and the joke's on me.)
Perhaps we see so much COMPLETELY INSANE stuff in all the organizations we bump up against in everyday life that it seems normal for the IT guy to trash the company's communication structure.