|Posted by TheValeyard on November 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM|
When I first started this website, as many of you know, the ABC had recently announced it was closing it’s popular “Have Your Say” general message boards. A number of members had offered alternative ways for members to keep in contact, and contribute as they had on the ABC site. On the 15th March 2012, late at night- the day before the ABC message board was due to close- someone known as “mysteryposter” posted a message in the Doctor Who thread advertising a new such alternative website called ABC Whovians.
I am that person known as mysteryposter, and I have since become better known by the name Site Manager or simply SM. But it’s my other name- the name I was most known by on HYS- that I have kept a secret now for over a year and a half. It is that name that today I will reveal, as promised, on the 50th anniversary of my favourite TV show- Doctor Who.
My true identity will not come as a great surprise to some of you. Chookie Jackson first claimed she believed it was me in Patch’s Doctor Who Yahoo forum. SonicR worked it out in the first week as well. Tardis001 had me on his shortlist of candidates, and more recently Rumpole cracked the anagram that contains my name on the “Name of the S.M.” clue page. So after 20 months of hiding, I reluctantly take off my mask and reveal it is I, Ducktr Who, who created this website.
I originally was going to remain anonymous, but due to Tardis001’s constant probing, I decided to have a bit of fun with it. It was for this reason that I started putting all the cryptic clues up on the website. The solutions to these puzzles will be on the “Name of the SM” page shortly, if not already.
When I first said that I’d reveal myself on the 23rd November 2013 I didn’t actually think the website would still be active, but today visitor numbers to the site are just as high as they were in our first week. So thank you everyone for hanging around. I’ve had a blast, and hope that I can keep doing it for a bit longer yet.
Thank you, too, to our Moderators- Grey, Patch and Sonic for looking after the site when I can’t, and a second thanks to Sonic for his many Doctor Who blogs that have kept us all up to date in the world of Doctor Who.
Thanks, also, to all the regular contributors and readers of the forums. And, most of all a big thank you to my beautiful wife, (who is also an ABC Whovians member- Urban). She has put up with me spending all kinds of crazy hours on the site without complaining (even when I was hurrying to update the site before taking her to the hospital to give birth!). Without her support I could never have kept this site going.
Congratulations to Rumpole for solving the “Who is the SM?” mystery, but as he didn’t enter the competition (probably because he didn’t like the prize!) he doesn’t win the prize. (Although, if you email me, Rumpole, with your name and address I’ll send you a calendar and pen).
In any case the winner of the “Who is the S.M.?” competition is Lightspeed, who not only identified me correctly, but had a fair bit of evidence to back it up. Congratulations Lightspeed, you win the ABC WHOVIANS prize pack- including a bronze police box pendant, ABC WHOVIANS calendar and pen! Another prize pack goes to Sonic, who was the first person to tell me he knew who I was, and has helped me to keep the secret ever since.
Now, here’s the answers to the competition questions:
What is your ABC WHOVIANS username? I think most people got this one right
By what name was the Site Manager mostly known on the ABC HYS site? DucktrWho
What other name (besides Mystery Poster) did the SM use on HYS before settling on his more well known name? This one’s a bit obscure- but I originally registered the name “arentweall” which was a quote from River Song in the Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone double Dr Who episode. I later changed the name of this registration to “mysteryposter”
Has the Site Manager maintained a separate identity on ABC WHOVIANS?
Yes- ducktr who?
Which HYS and ABC WHOVIANS member was first to correctly speculate on the SM's identity? Chookie Jackson- although not here- in the Yahoo Group started by Patch.
Which ABC WHOVIANS member was first to privately inform the SM they knew his identity? SonicR. He saw the name “ducktr who” on an email I sent him.
Can you explain the meaning of any of the cryptic clues found on the "Name of the SM" page? Goto: http://www.abcwhovians.com/nameofthesm.htm for all the answers.
What other evidence do you think points to the identity of the SM? Lightspeed noted similar posting styles between SM and ducktr who, as well as the fact that ducktr who had said he loved anagrams.
So that’s it! Mystery solved!
But there’s just one more thing- Please keep calling me SM!