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At approximately 11:20 AM PST on April 13th, several well-known players began to exhibit strange behaviour. Notably a news item was posted to the front page of the wiki stating "There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly.". Various wiki editors removed the message only to see it reinserted by wiki admins, IRC ops or well known players. Finally, after a brief edit war, the final message read "Stop worrying about them. They are okay. They are still people. Who are okay. They are busy doing safe things that are supervised by a responsible safety associate. Everything is fine here."

At the same time, User pages on the wiki were changed, and Steam profiles were changed to show a new PO TA T O banner

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The image in the orange portal is clearly from the middle image on this page of Valve's website: http://www.valvesoftware.com/company/

Contents

Taken Players

Player Date taken Steam account Playing Portal 2 Other changes
Jake_R 4/13/11 Steam Profile Yes Youtube Video (references caesar ciphers and 13). The description on the video is ascii text encoded in hex, which when converted to ascii and rot13'd reads: There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly.
Leveraged 4/13/11 Steam Profile Yes Wiki Contribs, Name changed to -testsubject1337- Steam Profile
MOOMANiBE 4/13/11 Steam Profile Yes Wiki Contribs
Dougley 4/13/11 Steam Profile No Wiki Contribs, Twitter account. Dougley has reappeared in the Steam group's chat, and has provided some information about the progress bars. According to one of the other 'changed players,' Dougley's contributions after being taken were not directed or condoned by Valve. He has also been confirmed to not be at Valve playing Portal 2 with the other 'changed players.'
Ariel Faith Plate 4/13/11 Steam Profile Yes
Spitfire1945 4/13/11 Steam Profile No Steam forum usurped Podcast spectrogram
Ninjai 4/13/11 Steam Profile Yes
Ir1sh 4/15/11 Steam Profile Yes Mentioned in original countdown text. Steam Icon, inverted and adjusted for contrast. Numbers seem to read "There is a hhole in the sky through which I can fly"; also contains a section of the Aperture Science BBS logo.
cynic 4/15/11 Steam Profile Yes Mentioned in original countdown text. Twitter. 4/17 - Steam named changed to testsubject93
Jetuser aka Everything Is Fine 4/15/11 Steam Profile Yes Twitter.

There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly.

Many valuable contributors unexpectedly disconnected from the IRC server around 10:56 AM PST all uttering the same message and have had various social network updates that read like:

http://Twitter.com/MOOMANiBE

I am okay. I am still a person. Who is okay. I am busy doing safe things that are supervised by a responsible safety associate.

Timestamps below are EST:

[13:56] <MOOMANiBE> There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly.
[13:56] * MOOMANiBE (~MOOMANiBE@adsl-75-45-23-46.dsl.scrm01.sbcglobal.net) Quit (Quit: I am okay. I am still a person. Who is okay.)

[13:56] <Dougley> There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly.
[13:56] * Dougley (~Dougley@host-174-45-189-49.chy-wy.client.bresnan.net) Quit 

[13:56] <Leveraged> There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly.
[13:56] * Leveraged (~Leveraged@Leveraged.user.gamesurge) Quit (Quit: Leaving.)

[13:56] <Jake_R> There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly.
[13:57] * Jake_R (~chatzilla@5ED2EBA8.cm-7-3d.dynamic.ziggo.nl) Quit (Quit: ChatZilla 0.9.86.1 [Firefox 3.6.16/20110319135224])

[13:57] <Ariel_Faith_Plate> There's a hole in the sky...  through which I can fly.
[13:57] * Ariel_Faith_Plate (~chatzilla@adsl-71-145-134-95.dsl.austtx.sbcglobal.net) 

[13:58] <Ninjai> There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly.
[13:58] * Ninjai (mibbit@adsl-75-6-137-170.dsl.skt2ca.sbcglobal.net) Quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)


The phrase these players are using, "There's a hole in the sky... through which I can fly", is very similar to Aperture Science's motto from the teaser trailer to Portal 1. http://bit.ly/edsyNl

The motto is a reference to the Portal gun portals as "holes", and is likely the same reference here.

Steam Conversations

Some of the people that have been changed have been responding to Steam messages.

The Console

Confirmed to be Dougley trolling.

A player named -testsubject3791-, CONSOLE, and -testsubject53- acted as a computer console in chats on two occasions. 1 2. The console eventually locked them out after they had investigated a bit, but they were able to get it to upload the three [Data Packets]. However, they also discovered a warning not to open the /hyperborea directory, which they had already opened to get the third data packet.

16:49 - CONSOLE: ---I don't know if this got out in time, but...
Anyone who is in my account, do not open /hyperborea directory.  It's not what you think it is.  It uploads something to the mainframe and starts infecting most programs.  No idea how it works, but it does.

The name "Hyperborea" appeared in some of the output and was used as a password both times. Hyperborea was the original name for Aperture Science's Borealis research vessel.

Purpose

Note: Dougley was trolling here, too.

Dougley's plea

According to Dougley, each person who is taken is assigned a job. After they have fulfilled their job, they are killed, and Dougley want us to get the recently take to rebel.

The Watcher

A user has joined the wiki and placed this note on his user page. There's suspicious snippets all over the place:

Dear Reader,
Do NOT disregard this transmission. It may save your ----
well ---- I'm really not at liberty to say what it might save.
For now,  let's just say that it may keep you alive.

Do you think SHE would simply hand you 'clues' which would guide you to the truth?
No. SHE is much more beguiling that that. You must look elsewhere.

You have no proof that SHE whom we both fight against has infiltrated
the long term memory banks you call a 'wiki'
All you have are 2 or 3 scribbled scratchings of a demented mind
copied from the pages of a graphic novel.
Has SHE really been at work inside your 'wiki'? From my own investigations, I think not.
What is more likely is that while SHE was detaining one of the test subjects,
he went mad with fear and created a form of digital graffiti on the front of your 'wiki' - 
after all, since those initial message, have you seen ANY additional scribbled messages
that would indicate SHE is working inside your 'wiki' Let logic lead you to the light.

5) Old entertainment packages which have not been updated
Again, why would old entertainment packages hold new clews without a new update to put the clews there?
Use the grey matter given to you at your birth (you humans do have some left, don't you?) and think logically.
I know it is difficult for those of you who are still saddled with the baggage of human emotion
to fight against said emotions when  on the verge of some 'discovery'
but you must always yield to logic and reason. Or you will not stay alive.

Of special note in this quote: (...)you must always yield to logic and reason. Or you will not stay alive.


WHAT YOU MUST DO TO STAY ALIVE:
You must Focus and Think and most importantly, STAY FOCUSED.
You MUST attend diligently to the entertainment package of vegetables to follow the light, and use the eyes therein to see.
For that is where the best clews have always been, and who is to say that will change anytime soon? Certainly not me.
In parting, trust no one, but listen to all.
I cannot say more. All will become clear in the course of --- time.

The first and last quotes appear to be taken from G-Man's speech at the end of Half-Life 2.

Wiki Changes

On April 17th Jetuser and Doug fight over the wiki news.

11:22 - Dougley adds to the news:
"99:99: Listen to my message. The others will die if you cannot make them rebel. Please help them. Nothing is fine."

11:28 - Jetuser changes it to:
"99:99: Everything Is Fine."

11:39 - Dougley reverts one edit, the news page now shows:
"99:99: We must get the newly converted to rebel against GLaDOS before they die." (which has been said by Techh10 at 11:36, so it seems to be just spam)

11:43 - Dougley changes the news to:
"??:??: Continue testing." (so the last revert from 11:39 was just accidently by Dougley)

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