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    An apology
    Submitted by robster on Monday, April 02, 2001 – 21:49
    I wish to apologize for the relatively untasteful April Fool’s Day posting of a parody in which Ben Collins DPL was claimed to have been killed in an accident. The article was intended to be of a purely innocent comical nature however when I was informed of the recent deaths of two Debian developers, I took the decision to withdraw the article. I wish to therefore appologize to those who may have been hurt by this article. Thanks.

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    Subject: Re: An apology
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2001/04/03 – 23:52
    It’s a fine line between humour and sadness. With that said, while the timing may have been poor, it was still funny.

    However it *was* obvious that this was a joke — and fictitious — if anyone took the time to read the whole article. There was absolutely nothing subtle about it (unlike some other site’s April Fools Day jokes this year and in years past).

    Tasteless, maybe. Confusing? I hope not.

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    Subject: Re: An apology
    Author: sharkey
    Date: Wednesday, 2001/04/04 – 16:31
    Yes, it was obvious that it wasn’t real, but that’s not the point. It was the timing that really upset people. It was worse that this article got posted to debian-devel-announce. All developers read this list. Meanwhile, on other lists, debian developers were collectively revising the real announcement of the deaths of Chris Rutter and Fabrizio Polacco, and this article pops into their inbox in the middle of that thread. It couldn’t have been worse.

    Except it is. It got picked up by the Linux Weekly News daily updates page. So now we have the fake death of Ben Collins posted on April 1, followed by the real death announcements of Chris and Fab on April 2, all on one page. How does that look?

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    Subject: Re: An apology
    Author: belg
    Date: Tuesday, 2001/04/03 – 09:57
    The “article” was actually funny, and that you pulled it was the right thing to do(tm). Nothing to complain about :). Keep up the good work!
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    Subject: Re: An apology
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2001/04/03 – 18:10
    Reminds me of when David Letterman was a tv weatherman here in Indianapolis IN. He made some on-air comment to the effect of “well, next thing they’ll shoot the Pope”. Wouldn’t you know it… happened for real not long afterward. I think they put David on the rack for that one and gave him an extra-good stretching to make up for the “hail the size of canned hams” comment, too.
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    Subject: Re: An apology
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2001/04/03 – 09:15
    I liked the article, but yea, bad timing unfortunately. Good call on the withdraw though, to keep all happy.
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    Subject: Re: An apology
    Author: chewie
    Date: Monday, 2001/04/02 – 23:41
    Good call. Practical jokes involving death are usually not at all funny. Unless, of course, you were speaking of the (in)famous Darwin awards. 😉
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