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Zombified user account on Selected Best Nodes

by Athanasius (Archbishop)
on Dec 01, 2021 at 07:12 UTC ( #11139281=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Just noticed, Selected Best Nodes currently has dem bones in 12th place with a Rep of 137. This caught my eye because zombified accounts are supposed to have no write-ups. And no, this one doesn’t have any write-ups — the high-ranking node is the user page itself! I’m thinking something may be amiss here... ??

Thanks for looking,

Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

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Re: Zombified user account on Selected Best Nodes
by jdporter (Chancellor) on Dec 01, 2021 at 12:39 UTC

    Thanks for catching that! There's two things going on here. One is that dem bones should not have been zombified. I think it was caught in a sweep. Even though dem bones has no writeups, he's a very special person in the history of PerlMonks. The other thing is that it is not normally possible for a user node to have a non-zero reputation; some god must have given dem bones some rep at some point, for who knows what reason. I am unzombifying the account, but I'm not going to mess with the rep - at least not right now. :-)

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon staffed with 16,000 zombies.
Re: Zombified user account on Selected Best Nodes
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop) on Dec 02, 2021 at 08:12 UTC

      The thing you must always remember is that not everything of significance in the history of PerlMonks was actually captured within the content on the site itself; PerlMonks was essentially a demonstration of the Everything Engine (one of many), so we're really talking about "What was Ryan dem bones Postma's involvement in Everything?" It seems that he was much more about content — writing, quality control, etc. — than programming; I'm not even sure he was a Perl guy at all. See The E2 Backstory (which, you'll note, was posted by clampe — another central Everything figure who, like dem bones, has left no artifacts here other than a user profile.) For an interesting little insight into dem bones' importance in E2, see The Node Code, which shows that only he and nate held vroom-like status there!

      Of the current monks, perhaps only chromatic actually knew him.

      Right; afaict, chromatic is the only one of the original monks still active. :-(

      I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon staffed with 16,000 zombies.
Re: Zombified user account on Selected Best Nodes
by LanX (Sage) on Dec 01, 2021 at 12:24 UTC
    I guess in the very early days it was possible to vote on home nodes...

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery

      Huh .. this node looks to be the source of that feature. I'm guessing it was removed a little while later. Funny how just about everyone in that thread hasn't been around for a while. (No, I didn't check everyone.)

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.

      Huh .. I go back almost twenty years, and don't remember voting on home nodes. I guess that must have happened pretty early on ..

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.

Re: Zombified user account on Selected Best Nodes
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 01, 2021 at 07:59 UTC
    In ye olden times voters could vote from the jump.... Shouldn't have been renamed ... Or listed in best nodes

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