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Update:

Continue to 🐔 The Quest for the Winter Chicken of the Bash, Part 2


Clues will be updated here too


So, we just noticed a new, fowl user on the tavern

Icon of rooster

I think he called us chicken. Or called itself a chicken. Or something poultry like that.

Screenshot of the Chicken chat user

And interestingly it's a system user. (i.e. with negative ID)

So... what's the story? Who knows what fowlness lurks in the heart of the chicken?


And a few hours later, while I was asleep, or at least away from my PC (It happens!)

screenshot of chicken chat user. Chicken emoji egg emoji

She laid an egg? The plot chickens

I do not mean to presume, but a rooster laying a egg would probably mean a cockatrice?


And, it's hatched:

screenshot of chicken user, hatched egg emoji, chicken emoji

Still no closer to the truth.


A few hours later... a wild chick appears!

chick emoji, chicken emoji

(what next?)


Bulk chicken update. (cause a bunch of stuff happened overnight ;p)

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Looks like the chick became a chicken, the chicken went away, suffered from empty nest syndrome..

And Chicken and a hat! It could be a winterbash thing.


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Chicken Update. Looks a little like the winterbash banner?


Saw a rooster wandering around my neighbourhood. Declined to comment.


Another day another clue

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And another clue!

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The country was identified by gparyani as Namibia, which has ISO code of "NA", and AndrewT recognised the odd symbol as a "Ko"

57.1% (four sevenths) of "Namibia" is "Nami", so Ko-Nami?

Maybe it's to do with the 57.1 percent and the grey and purple?


Catija did the Konami Code to the Chicken and was responded with another chicken the turtles?

TMNT

Mystery Solved.

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SPArchaeologist managed to figure out what it was.

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    That user was created today. – Sonic the Bracketed Hedgehog Dec 11 '17 at 13:47
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    Calling it: new Hairboat styled hat. To avoid having a random lucky employee to win a free pings Epic Loot Box they have created a dedicated spam receiver account. Probably related to the turkey hat if that is getting implemented as someone suggested.. – Νеvеrꭑoꭇе Dec 11 '17 at 13:55
  • @Derpy except... you can not ping it :/ – Meta Andrew T. Dec 11 '17 at 13:56
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    @AndrewT. and that is totally expected. If they have some of the winter bash scripts already running for test they will want to avoid someone to ping the chicken and getting the hat BEFORE the event starts. – Νеvеrꭑoꭇе Dec 11 '17 at 13:59
  • Who's going to try seeing if superpinging it works :p – Jon Clements Dec 11 '17 at 14:17
  • I can't! My diamond! IT DOES NOTHING HERE! – Journeyman Geek Dec 11 '17 at 14:18
  • @JourneymanGeek but you got plenty of system users on the global SE chat... ;) – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 11 '17 at 14:23
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    I suspect fowl play is involved... :) – Laurel Dec 11 '17 at 16:52
  • The chicken returned... chat.meta.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/6549835#6549835 – Catija Dec 11 '17 at 21:42
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    I wouldn't egg it on if I were you... – Jamal Dec 12 '17 at 1:42
  • Somehow its chat profile says it has posted zero lifetime chat messages, whereas at the time it made the messages it said two lifetime messages. – Sonic the Bracketed Hedgehog Dec 12 '17 at 2:31
  • @gparyani that's the case for all system chat users, same way Community profile page is showing false information (e.g. no views). Probably there's no ordinary record for those in the Users table. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 12 '17 at 9:05
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    You should totally drop the chicken and try jQuery. – iBug Dec 12 '17 at 15:45
  • Easter eggs for Winterbash? Did somebody at SO get their holidays mixed up? :-) – S.L. Barth Dec 12 '17 at 15:47
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    Somebody rescue the chicken! If it is mixed up in the Winter Bash it will become Kentucky Frozen Chicken! – hat Dec 14 '17 at 9:45
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Since Journeyman asked, I will cross-reference this here.

Remember the Konami code hint and the TMNT picture?

Well, it turns out that:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES) – Entering the code at the turtle-select screen with the A and B buttons reversed gives access to a stage select/option mode and is the only way to change the options in the game; otherwise, the player will start on normal difficulty with three spare lives.

(source: Wikipedia)

So, basically. Every. Year. I. Try. The. Konami. Code. On. The. Winter. Bash. Site.
And yet, they managed to still troll me, by reversing the BA sequence.

The actual code to enter on the Winter Bash site is:

up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B

And.. this is the result.

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A question still lingers. Is this the full story? I will update this post if anything new is discovered.

In the meantime, my loyal subject, go and see for yourself. And bring some bird feed too.

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    Uhm, yes, this was totally for... trolling... and totally not because I misremembered the Konami code and then had to use the Turtles to direct you towards the A-B-reversed version... definitely not that. – balpha Dec 19 '17 at 14:29
  • Why, of course not. Considering I tried it a few times this morning ;p – Journeyman Geek Dec 19 '17 at 14:31
  • @JourneymanGeek I don't know what you tried, but the A-B version has worked from the start. – balpha Dec 19 '17 at 14:32
  • The BA version ._. Cause I didn't think of varients. Never been much of a console gamer – Journeyman Geek Dec 19 '17 at 14:33
  • @balpha at least your error did something good: you got to post clues for longer. If you used the correct version, I would have posted about the chicken on day 1 since that is the first thing I do every year. – SPArchaeologist Dec 19 '17 at 14:34
  • basically, next year just add an alert("Sorry, SPArchaeologist, no chicken this year") – SPArchaeologist Dec 19 '17 at 14:35
  • @balpha You did a good job at hiding the JS. Or I did a bad job when looking at the code. – Stijn Dec 19 '17 at 14:37
  • @Stijn I did my best ;) – balpha Dec 19 '17 at 14:46
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It is a 'Feed User' (a Chicken Feed?). It might respond or just hang out (depending upon what occurs in interstitial space).

A great relief, as it could have been this 🐣.

Until its operation is publicly disclosed we can only speculate what it does. Probably it has a purpose; it's unlikely simply to be the source of Easter eggs.

Shog9 is asked about The Chicken.

There are questions below asking if the chicken is related to the Winterbash. There is no mention on that blog.

I found a hat that 'just works' (on every site), it's a secret. Didn't see any chickens to obtain the hat.

December 14, 2017 Update: Another secret hat, don't know why; but it's nicer than the last because I can see better and it suits my avatar.

Left and came back 4 hours later, another secret hat; I didn't see any chickens while offline.

December 26, 2017 Update: This is how to obtain specific hats, not a peep about chickens.

  • Meaning that annoying conversation-interrupter is back? Can we shove him into the coop? – NH. Dec 11 '17 at 21:59
  • Oh that its a feed user is clear. What is it actually doing tho? – Journeyman Geek Dec 12 '17 at 1:10
  • The feet are a lie. – Catija Dec 12 '17 at 4:14
  • @Catija - Thanks for the tip, edited out that sentence. – Rob Dec 12 '17 at 4:49
  • @JourneymanGeek if we didn't get real reply so far, most likely we won't get any... :( – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 12 '17 at 9:21
  • ehh. Patience is nice. Also vaguely sanctioned fun. – Journeyman Geek Dec 12 '17 at 9:26
  • also, if its a winterbash thing, not yet? – Journeyman Geek Dec 12 '17 at 9:28
  • Yeah, probably related to Winterbash, though no idea how. :) @JourneymanGeek – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 12 '17 at 9:31

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