The Name of the Site Manager

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!

 

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19 Comments

Reply Rumpole
3:45 AM on November 26, 2013 
btw SM , your nic is a nice anagram of your surname. You left a hint on HYS, but I never could work that one out.
Reply TheValeyard
2:42 AM on November 25, 2013 
thanks everyone! It's been awesome. And I LOVE duckstr whom
Reply Indy 33
10:34 PM on November 24, 2013 
Well, I was miles off the mark !

Like Patch, have always suspected it was Sydney 2K.


Anyway, well done to those who meticulously trawled through the clues and correctly sussed out our SM's correct identity.

And thanks so much , Ducktr, for taking the time and effort to set up this wonderful site.

Great job.
Reply lightspeed
5:55 PM on November 24, 2013 
Site Manager says...
I think I need lightspeed to come up with a new username that is an anagram for ducktrwhositemanager


Yikes SM! The best I can come up with is a mix of ducktrwho and SM: DuckstrWhom :-)
Or maybe Duckstrmwho, or DuckmstrWho
Don't think I'm at my best of on the Day-after-The Day... :-)
Reply Entish
12:15 AM on November 24, 2013 
Thank you SM for doing such a great job over the last few years. This website has been the only source to keep me sane while working in some difficult circumstances. I wish you and your family all the best.

sorry I am a but late as usual.
Reply Photon
4:33 PM on November 23, 2013 
Site Manager says...
I think I need lightspeed to come up with a new username that is an anagram for ducktrwhositemanager


Dude ! I've already created a name for you.
What's wrong with The Masked Whovian. ?
Reply TheValeyard
1:02 PM on November 23, 2013 
I think I need lightspeed to come up with a new username that is an anagram for ducktrwhositemanager
Reply lightspeed
4:04 AM on November 23, 2013 
Thank you so much SM for all you have done for this site. I think you are the one who deserves a prize!
Your family sound wonderful (mine are definitely getting tired of me turing every conversation to DW :-)
One more sleep (if you can sleep!) to go, and Happy 50th all!
Reply ducktr who?
3:47 AM on November 23, 2013 
Wow, thanks for all the nice comments everyone. We truly are the best little community on the web!
I'll probably shelve this profile now, and maybe just give SM a more ducktrish avatar. happy 50th anniversary everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply Patch
3:40 AM on November 23, 2013 
Urban says...
At the extreme risk of embarrassing you immensely SM, I just want to say how proud I am of you and what you have done for the ABC Whovian community. Your dedication and passion for this site has been truly inspirational and your (okay, our) obsession with The Doctor is well and truly mirrored in both our children. I'd also like to thank each and everyone one of your site members for the unwavering support they've provided and for the hours (and hours...) of enjoyment creating this site has given you. What an awesome bunch of people Whovians are! Happy 50th Anniversary everyone!


What a lovely family you are.
Reply SonicR
11:26 PM on November 22, 2013 
I think that I can say that everyone is here is very grateful for your effort in creating and maintaining this wonderful website, ducktr! Without it, we would have had to find more obscure places to discuss Doctor Who and other matters of interest.

I'm very glad you managed to keep your idenity secret for as long as you did - and it was a lot of fun helping you keep that secret as well!
Reply Patch
10:53 PM on November 22, 2013 
I love you Ducky! Thank you so much once again for everything. You will always be my SM.
A few times I did wonder if you might be the SM, but you did it so well, keeping your identity a secret, it's absolutely astonishing, and I was so sure it was Syd. Hahahaha. :D


Congratulations to Lightspeed and Sonic. :)
Reply Grey
10:02 PM on November 22, 2013 
I shall now announce that urban is in fact the grandaughter of Susan Forema. SM is of course a mere male.
Reply Rumpole
6:46 PM on November 22, 2013 
Congratulations SM and to your Mrs as well, she sounds fantastic and you both sound like the perfect couple. Like Dr Who and River Song perhaps ?

Thanks for the offer of prizes, but I just lose pens and one day is like another to me so calendars aren't much use. Give them to your kids for Christmas, gift wrapped from "an adventurer in time and space".

All the best for your new regeneration, and Happy Christmas to all those on this board.

Rumpy
Reply Photon
6:11 PM on November 22, 2013 
Urban says...
At the extreme risk of embarrassing you immensely SM, I just want to say how proud I am of you and what you have done for the ABC Whovian community. Your dedication and passion for this site has been truly inspirational and your (okay, our) obsession with The Doctor is well and truly mirrored in both our children. I'd also like to thank each and everyone one of your site members for the unwavering support they've provided and for the hours (and hours...) of enjoyment creating this site has given you. What an awesome bunch of people Whovians are! Happy 50th Anniversary everyone!


Bringing up children with Whovian Values (is that the right term?).
Now that is indeed an admirable achievement.
I salute both of you.
Reply Photon
6:03 PM on November 22, 2013 
Ducktr Who? ...... Site Manager ...... SM ..... Mreposter
The many faces of the man that I christened The Masked Whovian.

Thank you for your excellent work my friend !
Reply Urban
6:00 PM on November 22, 2013 
Avalon says...
Bless your cotton socks SM you are a treasure. So is your wife. Bless you, she & baby muchly & thank-you so much for so much fun,entertainment & thought provoking stuff. Happy 5oth to all.


Thanks Avalon :) xo
Reply Urban
5:59 PM on November 22, 2013 
At the extreme risk of embarrassing you immensely SM, I just want to say how proud I am of you and what you have done for the ABC Whovian community. Your dedication and passion for this site has been truly inspirational and your (okay, our) obsession with The Doctor is well and truly mirrored in both our children. I'd also like to thank each and everyone one of your site members for the unwavering support they've provided and for the hours (and hours...) of enjoyment creating this site has given you. What an awesome bunch of people Whovians are! Happy 50th Anniversary everyone!
Reply Avalon
5:23 PM on November 22, 2013 
Bless your cotton socks SM you are a treasure. So is your wife. Bless you, she & baby muchly & thank-you so much for so much fun,entertainment & thought provoking stuff. Happy 5oth to all.