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Re^2: The on-going riddle wrapped in a mystery...

by jdporter (Canon)
on Jul 15, 2019 at 16:10 UTC ( #11102873=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: The on-going riddle wrapped in a mystery...
in thread The on-going riddle wrapped in a mystery...

I agree with you and marto. Most likely (imho), tye approved his own post, then, using godly powers, twaddled the database records to make it look like paco did.

I did some digging using my own godly powers, and have assembled the following timeline:

  • 1999-10-26: paco created his account, and posted his sole writeup.
  • 2000-05-25: he uploaded a package from Everything Development. See Hint Information. (It was never used here.)
  • 2000-08-28: he seems to have made an appearance.
  • 2002-06-11: seems to have approved and frontpaged that post by tye
  • 2002-06-11: levelchange
  • 2002-07-02: homenode.lastedit
  • 2004-01-23: homenode.lastupdate
  • 2004-06-02: scratchpad created
  • 2005-08-15: homenode.nodeupdated
I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.
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Re^3: The on-going riddle wrapped in a mystery...
by LanX (Archbishop) on Jul 16, 2019 at 00:35 UTC
    > See Hint Information. (It was never used here.)

    I "don't have access to Hint Information." :)

    But if he uploaded a package he's not a simple user.

    So he's either an alternate personality of a god-like monk, or a god-like monk took over his account.

    Can you tell when his profile's pic was updated?

    BTW: Fictitious joke personalities are not uncommon, German parliament has one on the website, Czechs enjoy a mythical super genius.

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery FootballPerl is like chess, only without the dice

      I have updated my node above with additional data extracted from his homenode. It should be kept in mind that pretty much any of those could have been done by a god, even if paco was a "real" user. For example, if my hypothesis above is correct, that tye did the approval on 2000-06-11, then presumably tye was also somehow responsible for paco's level change on the same date — because to moderate one must be at least a Friar, which at that time had a min XP of 500. But anyway, all of those fields can be manipulated in the database by a god.

      Sorry about Hint Information. There's really nothing interesting about it. It was a feature package which appears to have been developed over at EveryDevel and uploaded here, but never integrated/enabled. In fact, I don't even know for sure that the package was developed at EveryDevel; only that it was in the Everything package format. It could have originated on another system. It's possible that a user could have downloaded and installed the Everything engine and done their own development.

      Also, we gotta remember that in those early days the user restrictions and compartmentalizations weren't what they are now. It's very possible that an "ordinary" user could have uploaded a package. I see no (hard) evidence that paco was anything other than an ordinary user, i.e. no evidence that he was ever a member of gods/developers/pmdev, etc. But no evidence that he couldn't have been, either.

      Your hypothesis that he was a pupsocket (of, for example, vroom) is a very real possibility. I see no (hard) evidence one way or the other.

      I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

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