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20 August 2009, 09:23

"why the lucky stiff" Vanishes

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Why The Lucky Stiff
Why the lucky stiff's self portrait
Source: Why's (poignant) guide to Ruby
The noted Ruby coder, writer, artist and eccentric known only by his online identity "why the lucky stiff" or _why for short, has disappeared from the Internet. News of _why's disappearance appeared on Hacker News yesterday, August 19th, as the Ruby community discovered that _why had apparently deleted his Twitter account, his github account and his own sites, including his "Poignant Guide to Ruby" tutorial, Shoes user interface toolkit and the education project. _why was also responsible for creating popular Ruby libraries Camping micro-framework, Hpricot HTML parser and RedCloth markup processor.

There are two theories about _why's disappearance, one that he has been hacked and some party has set about removing his presence, the other that he has decided to move on from programming and take on a new identity. John Resig, Javascript evangelist at Mozilla, believes that the latter is more likely, and in a blog posting entitled "Eulogy for _why", explains how he sees _why as a sand mandala, constructed, displayed briefly and then ceremoniously deconstructed. Ruby community members are busy archiving and saving many of _why's projects and wondering where _why is and recalling how he has inspired many developers over the years.


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