View Full Version : How long has this been going on?

03-12-2015, 09:32 PM
How long has there been a cryptograms.org? I know the site was re-set in 2008, shortly before I joined, so there are never any comments from before then -- so, when did this actually all start? Do we know who the senior-most member is?

And whatever happened to some of the players on the all-time list? I know we lost Pootie, which was terribly sad. But how about cknapp, the countess, laura, and kat? How about JCarlosCuevas, who apparently hasn't played since 2010, but some of whose records still stand? I hope they're all still out there, but it does make me wonder: are there people who are able to give up cryptogramming cold turkey after logging so many games?

03-12-2015, 09:45 PM
Oops, I joined in 2010 -- misremembered that.

03-12-2015, 10:01 PM
at the bottom of 'my scores' page, it says "Monthly competitions began in February 2007." perhaps that's it?

03-13-2015, 08:57 AM
Ah, maybe that's right. Anyone out there disagree?

I'm always impressed by the people who joined just a year or two ago but are already climbing up the all-time list. (I'm looking at you, LLapp!) Seems like I have to run just to stay in place to hold my spot in the mid-sixties . . .

03-17-2016, 10:49 AM
:eek: WHAT? I was not even watching that score. Oh my goodness, I need to get outta here and do some yard work.

Thank you for this intervention!

03-17-2016, 03:27 PM
I've been here since early 2011. I guess that makes me a relative newbie.

03-17-2016, 04:40 PM
Puffybob, to answer your question about who the longest members are, I figured out how to look up the order of when new members joined.

Go to your profile page. At the end of the url is a number. That is your order in joining the site. Mine is 9,856, and I joined in 2009. You can replace that number with anything currently in use to find out who joined in that order. #1 is Admin, and 2 is jojo, who apparently hasn't played in years.

03-17-2016, 05:25 PM
Lurker, that's a neat trick. I see I am #39,963 -- talk about coming late in the birth order. I started in August 2014, and I knew right away that I had found trouble.

03-17-2016, 05:55 PM
Wow...I'm # 13 !!! Now I feel REALLY old.

03-18-2016, 04:15 AM
I am number 20566, Thanks, Lurker, for this great information.

03-18-2016, 09:58 AM
I joined in June 2009 at #10,462 so I remember some of the old timers. But then I took about 3 years off.

Lily H
03-18-2016, 03:50 PM
I am number 1427. I joined shortly after the all the stats were reset to zero after the Great Crash, so at least I didn't have to start all over again. I don't play now as much as I used to do.

03-25-2016, 01:23 PM
I don't remember when I joined, but it must have been around the time jimdgar, did because I'm #10433. I think I played for a few weeks, then stopped. I came back later ??, maybe a couple of months or maybe longer, but I've been here every since.

Lurker, you always have such good information. :)

03-25-2016, 03:02 PM
Here's another tidbit. Look at the top right of your post, under the #13. It says you joined in June 2009. And if you go under "My Scores", it tells you in your lifetime stats exactly the date you joined. Guess you joined a month after I did!

03-25-2016, 09:01 PM
Opallady's number is 7. Check out her profile...she does great stained glass !

08-04-2016, 10:15 PM
i joined jul 25 2016

i my ranking is still bad. ;)

hahaha hope to be a senior member i always dreamed of being a spy after mission impossible, salt, never watched bond movies and solving these are a very real spy skill

:cool: :cool: :cool:

08-05-2016, 06:56 PM
Welcome, Newby! I'm coming up on 4 years in December. I've been doing paper and pencil cryptos since I was a kid in the 60s. You mentioned becoming a senior member. I was a junior member for 3 and a half years. What pushed me into the senior member category is when I reached 100 posts in the Forum. So you only have 94 to go. Have fun solving and good luck!

BTW, I guess I'm member 33569

03-17-2017, 09:00 PM
Tilottama, google Bletchley Park WW2 . Turing, the Father of Computing worked there too.

And on a lighter note, you canīt become a good James Bond- type of spy if you leave traces of your location, nationality, date of birth , gender, language , current location , ancestral antagonism towards the British etc etc.

Them enemy Spymasters can trace everything about you - from the midwife who delivered you , to your school friends to your current place of residence.

But as far leveraging your code breaking skills go... Bletchley Park spying would be ideal for you.

But if you REALLY want to become a cloak and dagger kind of spy , perhaps you should create a new FALSE but plausible identity for yourself.

This is just advice from an old man who had similar dreams when he was a kid.
Bye. Happy Spying.

03-18-2017, 09:25 AM
I originally joined in July 2007, but all the data from before Feb 2008 was lost in the great crash. Largely quit playing for several years before I resumed last year.

10-20-2017, 07:35 AM
Wow -- thanks, Lurker. So I joined in June of 2010, and I'm number 16,637.

Opallady is officially the longest-standing player who is still playing: Number 7! After her, it's gryhnd51, at number 13.

Funny that after I posted this, I basically disappeared for a couple of years, just because life got busy. Nice to be back.

10-20-2017, 08:11 PM
I know I started the same day as gryhnd, with a couple of others the very next day. Don't know what number I am though.

10-20-2017, 08:27 PM
I know I started the same day as gryhnd, with a couple of others the very next day. Don't know what number I am though.

you're number 46. (number at end of the url on your profile page.)