I don't have a strong opinion on how serious Petrov Day should be. Just that if you wanted it to be taken more seriously then it should have been set up differently.
"Don't you think you lost a little honor in the process?" - Of course, but some people take this way too seriously.
"Of course it damaged our reputation! How could it not have?" - I suppose it might if it's a serious exercise and a lot more people seem to interpet it that way than I expected
"The campaign wasn't targeted at Chris, it was sent to lots of users. Retrospectively, I should have excluded Chris from the list of users. (I really regret not doing this, and I would like to apologise to Chris for this.)" - I don't know why you wouldn't consider me fair game. You really don't need to apologise to me.
Yeah, that honestly made it feel so real.
And then maybe the site would have blown up, which was not what I was aiming for at that time.
I've responded to you in the last section of this post.
Well, I had an option not to engage until I received the message saying it would blow up if enough users didn't press the button within half an hour.
Well, it was just a game and I had other things to do. Plus I didn't feel a duty to take it 100% seriously since, as grateful as I was to have the chance to participate, I didn't actually choose to play.
(Plus, adding on to this comment. I honestly had no idea people took this whole thing so seriously. Just seemed like a bit of fun to me!)
That was a poorly written post on my part. What I meant was that I was open to argument either way ("Should I press it or not?). I had decided that regardless of whether I pressed it or not I would at least wait until other people had a chance to wake up, as I thought it'd be boring for people if they woke up and the site was already nuked. So it wasn't my only reason - I hadn't even really thought about it too much as I was waiting for more comments.
Even though it was poorly written, I'm surprised how many people seem to have misunderstood it as I would have thought it was clear enough as I asked the question.