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What's with all the CATS?!

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Steve Webel says:

I just went to the "Explore" page and noticed that all the photos in the top 500 have something to do with cats!

Did someone hack into Flickr and do this, or is this some early April fools joke or is there some other reason for this strange behavior?

Steve
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nonchalant wax [deleted] says:

Flickr is definitely catcentric at times.
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Yolise says:

I just went to Explore and saw no cats at all.

Of course, it's still the 31st here (and at Flickr HQ, I believe).

Would be a funny trick though. Maybe it was a practise run?
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roschler says:

LOL. It's cause of my new upcoming Web radio show about cats!

www.radiomeow.com/

Ok, so I'm dreaming big here, but that's amazing, thanks for pointing it out. I really don't know why.
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Steve Webel says:

So has anyone else seen this?

I emptied my cache and reloaded the site, the cats are still there. All cats for every photo in the top 500 for every day on every month!

he he, it's kinda funny.
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roschler says:

I just went to the Explore page and saw no cats at all, just a broad assortment of photos.

Perhaps you have something tagged on to your URL for the page? That's really weird (and furry).

[EDIT] The other posters implication about April 1st might be on the money. You may be accessing consistently a particular data center or cluster that has the joke, or god forbid has been hacked.
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AnDy631 says:

Personally I think it should be illegal to post photos of anything except for cats, babies, sunsets, rainbows or ponies.
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paigelynn says:

Yeah, I don't see cats. And according to scout, I have non-cat related pictures in the top 500. But it's not April 1st here yet. :)
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Steve Webel says:

It's got to be an April 1st thing. I opened up Firefox (I had been using Safari) and went to the top 500 using that browser and the same thing... CATS!

I'm in China and it's already April 1st here - so that's got to be it.

Now I'm wondering if it's flickr's doing or some cat-loving hacker?!
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Kim Taylor Hull says:

I'm with AnDy631 !!!
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Zamm says:

"...The April 1 tradition in France includes poisson d'avril (literally "April's fish"), attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim's back without being noticed..."
(From Wikipedia)

That's exactly the same in Italy too.
But no cats in my Explore...
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paigelynn says:

I'm sure it's Flickr's doing. :)
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roschler says:

Interesting, so they have a date trigger in the code. Any reports from other people in time zones where the date has already flipped?

This is going to cause a howl on the boards. :)
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Steve Webel says:

Here is a screen capture...

Cats on Flickr
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paigelynn says:

Hey, are any of mine in there?

j/k ;)
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roschler says:

@Webel Photography,

ROFLMAO, thanks for that!

BTW, you have new mail. LOL.
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Kevin says:

Brilliant!
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paigelynn says:

Is it only March? Or all months?
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Steve Webel says:

Every month (that I could tell)! I just started going backwards in the months and every one was nothin but cats.

Even the "Year Ago Today" was all cats!

Steve :-)
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paigelynn says:

That is so awesome. :) I wonder if scout will reflect it. I imagine it will. I Don't know what timezone it's based on though. :P
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RubyMae says:

Absolutely brilliant!
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AnDy631 says:

Yeah that's a LOT of cats...almost too many...I'll bet you it is some April's Fool thing.
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Yolise says:

I always thought the day started at GMT. Guess I never thought about it well enough...
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sterestherster says:

Whahahaha, how funny!! But hey, I am missing my cats on this page!

Is there nobody else yet on april 1st?
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Gertrud K. says:

ROFL - This is great! I'm waiting impatiently one more hour!
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spectacular thumb [deleted] says:

And I'm pretty sure that Webel Photography is playing the fool on all of you! ;)
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heather says:

what are you all talking about?
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spectacular thumb [deleted] says:

I think a lot of people have fallen for an ,admittedly brilliant, April fool gag by WP :)
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Muffet says:

That's actually pretty funny.
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regularjoe says:

i don't see any cats.

rats!
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SilentObserver says:

That could be a serious bug in anti-cat
module in our interestingness algorithm. We are looking into it.
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rvacapinta says:

I think a lot of people have fallen for an ,admittedly brilliant, April fool gag by WP :)

I just checked with a friend in New Zealand and she says thabd eecb canhvhwdmrwo...mrowww
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Brenda Anderson says:

Ha, it's not just d;lsajf;lkdasjv;lkas
oops. meow meow. lick lick. purrrrr
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vasta says:

hmm...heather's icon has now been changed to a cat. as has caterina's. something sinister is afoot.
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heather says:

caterina --> cat, there's nothing sinister in that.
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George is a group administrator George says:

Nothing to see here...
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Yolise says:

(Glad it was Flickr's not Webel's)
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Kim Taylor Hull says:

Ack George too! :)
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paigelynn says:

Yeah, it's definitely flickr. I've had other people in other groups be like "wtf? there's cats all over in explore" :D
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temporary parcel [deleted] says:

That is so funny. It'd bea great April Fools joke.
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sterestherster says:

Yes, it is the 1st of April and I also only have cats in Explorer.
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Vida Morkunas (seawallrunner) says:

[ sneezes ]

nothing against cute kittens but

[ sneeze !!!!! ]

they make my skin itch and

[ SNEEZE!!!! ]

make my nose all tingly

(darn cute though, kittens, and so affectionate too)
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Laurence & Annie says:

oh my...
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Brenda Anderson says:

Does this mean that all my photos that I've put into the various "interestingness" groups have to be removed??? :) Oh, no, just wait until April 1st hits fd's scout page. prepare for fallout. :)
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Yolise says:

nah, no fallout. I just posted a photo of a cat. I had to borrow the neighbour's...
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caterina is a group administrator caterina says:

What! Dos Pesos is OUTRAGED!
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Yolise says:

Just buy him a hat.
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Vida Morkunas (seawallrunner) says:

Kudos to the Flickr team for such an inventive Poisson d'Avril.

too bad that the cat's out of the bag (so to speak)

I still look forward to seeing a calendar full of kittens :)
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experimien says:

I`m very allergic and I hate cats. :/

I had a little hope fool`s day would show us photos of ugly selfportraits. :D
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[phil h] says:

goodness. this is worse than HDR's and fake tilt shifts together!
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ßlϋeωãvε says:

An Explore page full of clowns would have been more appropriate, but I suppose they didn't have enough of them on Flickr!
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Arnath says:

Lol. It's the cat attack!:D
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Joellymo says:

Muahahahaaa! Too silly. I was going nuts trying to figure it out... Trying different browsers, etc. Never made the connection. It's April, and I continue to be a fool.... Meow....
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spitfirelas says:

Ohh now the cat's out of the bag...and on the front of EVERY page in explore. They multiply faster than mice and rabbits.
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Monkeye says:

i'm having a nightmare.
i'm having a nightmare.
i'm having a nightmare.
i'm having a nightmare.
i'm having a nightmare.
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workable fall [deleted] says:

I´m from Spain and I didnt´know this date¡¡¡

I´m a fool¡¡¡ and I dont like cats¡¡¡ :)
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brnpttmn says:

Funny, just today one of my very few cat photos hit 23 on explore after almost three months having not once being on explore...

...and it's only of his nose
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evanescent memory [deleted] says:

That's got to be the best april fool's joke EVER! :D
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m for marvellous says:

*LOL* The first time I was like, okay...coincidence. Then the 2nd, and 3rd, and 4th...what's going on!! :D

Good one Flickr team!

*goes off to find cat pic for my icon*
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Steve Webel says:

I thought I was crazy at first- that's why I had to take the screen shot. I'm kinda relieved that everyone else is seeing it now...

This is pretty funny.

Steve
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Reitstoen says:

Anyone made a HDR-tiltshift-cat picture yet? :P
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dangerous voice [deleted] says:

heheh...brilliant april's fool joke.
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mimbrava says:

Thank you, whoever did the cat thing, for your great sense of humor. What a hoot! Or, er, a meow!
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Lalitree says:

Perfect April Fool.
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shafina says:

this topic made me look at the explore page :-P

boycott cats!!!
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SanFranStagehand says:

No cats here yet. Not April 1st for 5 more hours. Now I have to stay up till midnight! I've added the tags "cat cats kitty" to a bunch of my photos to see what happens!
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Sidereal says:

Brilliant!!
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Renata Diem says:

I see, all cats!! Funny ! hauahau
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ßlϋeωãvε says:

Cats? Pah! March was particularly kind to me. ;)

March was a good month for me!
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Brenda Anderson says:

Whew! The cats have left New Zealand. My interestingness is all back to normal.
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sillykitty says:

The cats have left Australia, too. Just when I was starting to get used to it!
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fhisa says:

the cats have left Japan. miss you, the cats...
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Steve Webel says:

They are gone here too (Hong Kong).

Maybe this was a 'hack' and not flickr's doing?

Does anyone know?
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evanescent memory [deleted] says:

They haven't arrived in Florida yet, but I'm getting the catnip ready - thanks for warning me! :D
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xsquared says:

Scout is already reflecting the cat-centric change - 2 of my cat pictures have suddenly flown to the top 50 of their days, when they were never interesting before.
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evanescent memory [deleted] says:

YIKES!!!
(They're here, and it's worse than I imagined!) :D

Webel: Look at the icons of Flickr staff. Maybe that answers your question ;-)
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Christine Lebrasseur says:

As we said in french "Poisson d'avril" ? :))

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fool's_Day
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espion says:

cat-astropic
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Classic Pep says:

I think the people at flickrs are doing an April Foul's trick on everyone. Good one, eh.
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bawdy memory [deleted] says:

Sweet!
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SRMcNamara says:

Oh Lord!


that is quite scary
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= Steph = says:

OH! April Fool's Day! That's better. I was wondering what was with all the cats. :O
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Rev Dan Catt says:

Humm, seems like a good time to make a poster :)
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spitfirelas says:

Let's party.... The cat's have finally left Australian shores.
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Kevin says:

But our party has just begun over here!

>:-)
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.Nida says:

This is, by far, the best April Fool's ever! lol! I love it!
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Nells Photography-Nel de Jong says:

Hahaha...April 1st today..!Foolsday...
;-))
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Josh Thompson says:

I'm gonna have to make sure I check Explore right after midnight (1 hour from now). Too bad I've never uploaded a photo of a cat....
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cobalt123 says:

It's 12:02 in Phoenix, and I've got the screen capture - woohoo! Lovin' this and the joke. Will post to one of my groups, The Cat's Meow, soon. What a riot! Thanks, flickr hackrs, whoever you are.
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*ivo* says:

wow yeah. Poor dogs they are being marginalized by flickr! :( lol
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Leo Reynolds says:

LOL
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dominocat says:

Thanks for the laugh this morning - I looked in Scout and nearly *died* - although there are a few images that have always been in Explore and aren't cats.

Mind, I don't think it's that much of a 'cat'astrophe ;)
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George is a group administrator George says:

Poor dogs they are being marginalized by flickr!

About freakin' time.
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nualao says:

Very funny - it's pushed loads of mine into Explore as well!
My creation
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dominocat says:

Hey Leo - love the icon! :D
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Proggie says:

That's not fair! How can flickr do this to us! That means the photos I just uploaded have no chance of being on Interestingness today!

Just kidding! :) this is what makes Flickr THE BEST! HAHAHA!
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xmark. says:

The planning stage:



Programming the new algorithm:



Admiring a job well done:



The security measures to make sure no one changes interestingness back:


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brnpttmn says:

it all makes sense now...kittystretch

...buzzed...
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jon madison says:

had wondered why my "wrangle" photo was up at #5 all of a sudden in interesting ness for 2/20...i had the tags

herding
kittens

:)
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K//K says:

seriously I see tons of cats, no kidding. something's up
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widderson old school + still censored says:

yep, I've got the ultimate cat top ten, only my latest FurryFriday Cat is missing, meow meow ...

the day of the cat
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