Most StackExchange websites (even some currently in beta) have some sort of Easter egg. These are usually applied to the chat room, so that when you send a specially-crafted message the chat room does something interesting.

Some examples:

RPG has dice.
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SuperUser has Clippy.
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Gaming has Asteroids.
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ServerFault has rm -rf /.
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And there are some others, documented and undocumented.

Our regular chat crowd has yet to stumble across any for our site, so we're guessing there either isn't one or we're just not being told. Under the former presumption, I'd like to suggest that we put some proposals here. I'm not aware of whether or not the communities actually get to choose their Easter egg, but I figured we could at least make sure there's some input available for whenever SEI decides to give us one.

So, what Easter egg would you like to see? Only one suggestion per answer, please, to allow for voting to be accurate.

  • I'd say explicitly no easteregg here as it is totally wrong in mind of security. – ordag Mar 10 '12 at 16:08
  • @ordag Damn. CM-07 finally bites me in the ass. – Iszi Mar 10 '12 at 16:31

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Faux SQL-Injection vectors.

(I.e. simulated results for certain sqli commands, such as ' or ''=' or select * from users where 1=1, etc)


Easter Egg Scenario: Just type Global Thermonuclear War... then the user hits enter, and gets something like this animation, followed by a link to the YouTube SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?

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    How about a nice game of chess? – Iszi Feb 12 '12 at 0:13
  • +1 @Iszi: So, do you know how to get Stack Exchange to add an Easter Egg? – blunders Feb 13 '12 at 1:27
  • I think this would be made even more fun if, once the message pops up, a world map shows which you can click on to fire nukes at. – Polynomial Aug 14 '12 at 7:58
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    @Polynomia: Guess I disagree. The point is to reproduce the feeling of the movie, not make the event into a game -- after all, "The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?" – blunders Aug 14 '12 at 12:03
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    @blunders Good point, actually :P – Polynomial Aug 14 '12 at 12:04

An animated bear (possible Winnie the Pooh, possible a ravenous grizzly with laser eyes and adamantium fangs) strolls across the screen to eat a target gravatar

  • +1 @Rory Alsop: So, are we going to move forward with asking SE if it's possible to deploy your idea? Thanks! (Ask in part because the question is slowly dropping off the active questions list, and the answers and votes appear to be pretty stable now.) Cheers! – blunders Feb 15 '12 at 22:55

If we go for xkcd, i'd suggest Bobby Tables instead of sudo:

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  • Oh, yeah! Fake a SQL injection response? I like it. – Iszi Feb 5 '12 at 18:15

Replace all gravatars with Guy Fawkes Mask if question is tagged with "hacking".


How about some sudo commands, a-la XKCD:

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    Did you know python 3 has import antigravity ? – user2213 Feb 5 '12 at 11:12
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    @user2213: Nice. Did you know about import this? – serv-inc Jul 31 '15 at 10:05

Not really chat-specific, but this would be really cool:

Implement site-wide HTTPS support for IT Security SE sites (main, blog, meta, chat). Of course, it would be ideal for this to be done across all SE sites. But if that's not an option, I think it would be cool if we could stand out as being the one that does have it.

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    Not really an easter-egg too. Think we could suggest this as a real feature request somewhere. – M'vy Feb 2 '12 at 17:01
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    I'm pretty sure it's already been suggested and shot down on Meta Stack Exchange, if not even here. I just thought I'd toss it in here as another idea to make our site more unique. – Iszi Feb 2 '12 at 17:33
  • Perhaps it was shot down if the advertisements don't send over HTTPS ... thus a mixed content warning – halfbit Feb 12 '12 at 2:30
  • (being implemented now) – Mithical Mar 20 '17 at 20:54

How about the classic ping-pong virus?


images of easter eggs with the OWASP top 10 writen on them


Perhaps set up a regex that will trigger auto-generation of a Nigerian Prince (or maybe an assortment of other) e-mail scam, with user-chosen content included.


A "man in the middle" that changes your text that you type into the chatroom.

Perhaps call the MITM individual Mallory

  • Though this may be better suited for Crypto.SE – halfbit Feb 12 '12 at 16:29

A fake ransomware maybe? It's Easter but we have no Easter egg yet.


Add some trigger to pop-up a fake AV alert to some (or all) user(s) in the room.

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    You can't have an esater egg that bother someone else. – M'vy Feb 2 '12 at 17:00
  • @M'vy: Yeah, you can't. We have one in our company-internal rooms though :) – balpha Feb 2 '12 at 17:26

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