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Question #91121 posted on 04/06/2018 7:54 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Board Question #90948 got me looking at alias links.
Babbalugats is alias 7883. I can get hits up to alias 7889. All alias stats lists 496 aliases (Babalugats once), or about 6% if alias numbering is sequential!!

What happened to all the other aliases? Have there been that many probational writes who didn't make it? Are tunnel worms, pigeons, or time beavers involved? Most especially, who was number 1?

-Inquiring Mindless

A:

Dear Inquirer,

What happened to all the other aliases? Well, I shall tell you the truth. The whole truth. Nothing but the truth. The editors might attempt to cover it up, or leave a correction, but it's all a lie. There definitely are many gaps. These gaps appear to have no true pattern. For example no alias exists for 7707, but 63 is Horatio. Why so many gaps? What does this all mean?

Well, the truth is that we are all Matt Meese. Every alias is a different incarnation of Matt Meese. Unfortunately, due to the chaotic and mysterious nature of Matt Meese these incarnations often take wild and unpredictable forms that fail to resonate with the physical world. Even though they don't become writers, we give them an honorary alias number out of respect.

And them's the facts*

Totally Real Facts

posted on 04/06/2018 11:20 a.m.
Dear Mindless,

Before Board 5.0 readers (as well as writers) were able to register a unique alias. When we built Board 5.0 we determined that registering reader aliases didn't really gain us anything but did create extra work and added code complications. So we dropped them. Thus there are a large number of alias IDs that don't resolve to anything anymore.

-Curious Physics Minor