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Looking at the profile of Sara Chipps ♦ (our Director of community), something struck me as odd. She has recently posted, amongst others, two posts welcoming the latest additions to the CM team, Philippe and Rosie.

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Now it turns out they are both valued associate #843, so are they doppelgängers or should one of them have a separate associate number?

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    They share the paycheck ... – rene Mar 24 at 13:14
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    Off by one error? 🤣 – Journeyman Geek Mar 24 at 13:15
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    I think you're jumping to conclusions. Maybe they just occupy the same physical space because they are unbound by the laws of mortal physics. How do you differentiate this being? Well you just give it the same number. – VLAZ Mar 24 at 13:15
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    Obviously, one has employee number 843 and the other 843:. It's an NVARCHAR field after all ... – Glorfindel Mar 24 at 13:18
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    Random number generator just gave same number again. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Mar 24 at 13:19
  • @Glorfindel curious what "843:"++; will return ... – rene Mar 24 at 13:20
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    And why aren't we welcoming the other 23 Valued Associates recruited since Shodipo (#820) was recruited? – Snow Mar 24 at 13:21
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    @Snow that were just associates ... – rene Mar 24 at 13:22
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    I don't know what you're talking about... – Catija Mar 24 at 13:23
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    I thought you were doing nothing @Catija ;) – Luuklag Mar 24 at 13:23
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    @Catija what should we give Valued Associate #1000 when they arrive? – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Mar 24 at 13:28
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    @ShadowWizardisVaccinating only #1024 is worth celebrating. – Bart Mar 24 at 13:55
  • That is what 'union membership' means:) – Martin James Mar 24 at 15:45
  • Thanks for the edit @Ollie. I was to consumed thinking about chips – Luuklag Mar 24 at 19:50
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    843 is just a really low value of 861. I can't believe y'all didn't know this. – Tim Post Mar 25 at 12:35
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Phillipe now has a new number:

Please join me in welcoming Valued Associate #861 Philippe Beaudette

I guess this was just a copy/paste error.

Although this does result in 40 unwelcomed associates since Shodipo (#820) was recruited.

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    Or an 'off-by-18' error – Glorfindel Mar 24 at 13:24
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    I, for one, am glad to see this fixed. I like Rosie and all, but I wasn't anxious to share the paycheck. – Philippe Mar 25 at 2:50
  • @Philippe someday, with four Guinea Pigs, you're certain to be sharing your paycheck again; and replacing electrical wiring. – Rob Mar 25 at 6:29
  • @Rob when it's time to replace electrical wiring due to Guinea Pigs, it might be time to replace the Guinea Pigs for un-roasted versions of themselves as well. – Luuklag Mar 25 at 10:42
  • @Luuklag, Guinea Pigs can strip several inches of power cord without getting electrocuted or causing a short circuit; until you touch something (usually a table lamp, because they move a little), then comes the flash and circuit breaker. --- Stripping power cords is one of their several skills. – Rob Mar 25 at 12:12
  • Good thing I always kept mine in their cage @Rob – Luuklag Mar 25 at 12:14
  • @Rob, i'm with Luuklag on this one. Mine stay in their cage, unless we're doing lap time, in which case I am keeping a close eye on them. But then I also live on the 22nd floor, and if they go on the balcony, they're going to have a very bad time. – Philippe Mar 25 at 20:17
  • @Philippe, Guinea pigs in The Tavern. – Rob Mar 25 at 21:23

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