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Re^4: The on-going riddle wrapped in a mystery...

by jdporter (Canon)
on Jul 16, 2019 at 15:18 UTC ( #11102931=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: The on-going riddle wrapped in a mystery...
in thread The on-going riddle wrapped in a mystery...

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, tye was responsible for paco's level change on 2000-06-11, allowing paco to approve/fp tye's post, and then did that whilst wearing paco as a sockpuppet — because, in order to moderate, one must be at least a Friar, which at that time required a mininum XP of 500. The database shows that paco's level changed directly from 1 to 5 on that date — a feat which is best described as supernatural. As I've said, 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 very possible, perhaps even likely, that someone could have downloaded and installed the Everything engine and done their own development.

Also, we must 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. It would certainly be consistent with the pattern of single-use / test accounts created by vroom, nate, etc. in the early days. In any case, 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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