Based on his activity, I have come to the conclusion that MikeSchinkel must be the anonymous facade of a company. It must consist of at least:

  • One developer thinking up the solutions
  • One UI person creating the layouts and making the screenshots
  • One copyeditor writing the answers
  • One judge moderating the site
  • One model posing for the profile pictures

Based on the times he is active, I think the teams are duplicated in the USA and in India, to cover more timezones. That, or they all use illicit drugs to stay awake.

To this, we must add his other activities, so include:

  • A group of developers to serve his professional clients
  • One addict to follow and fill his Twitter stream
  • One captain for his boat
  • One rider for his motorcycle (Ha, that gave you away! Nobody combines boating and biking! They're just too different!)

I think the real Mike behind all this must be living on a tropical island, nipping his cocktail and checking the reputation league from time to time.

So, to be fair, I suggest we ask all minions working for Mike to create their own profile, so we all have a chance of getting to the top of the user list.

Is this man a robot? http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/81df87e0d3e269d6fa6a17c6914fd656?s=128&d=identicon&r=PG

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    great question :)
    – bueltge
    Commented Sep 13, 2010 at 12:21
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    rofl, the only aspect I miss are clones here :)
    – hakre
    Commented Sep 14, 2010 at 21:41
  • @Jan - ROFLMAO! I go dark for ~36 hours trying to get some client work done, and look what I find! I almost almost want to laugh out loud but I'm a bit afraid Jan may be serious!!! OMG! (If Jan only knew one of my worst skills is to constantly struggle with delegation!!!) Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 8:34
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    Very Funny! This should go in the Stack Exchange Hall of Fame.
    – Chris_O
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 15:48
  • one of the most valuable assets to this site... hands down :-) thanks Mike! Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 13:29
  • +1 for giving us a good laugh and a forum to thank him for his hard work. Commented Sep 28, 2010 at 14:03
  • +1+ for the most :))) thread around, thanks for the good laugh, Jan, and cheers Mr. @MikeSchinkel for being in so many places at the same time doing so many incredible stuff!
    – brasofilo
    Commented May 30, 2012 at 20:27

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Announcing new Mikestm for next month

To be honest, Miketm is a product of my company and WordpressAnswers just our viral marketing strategy.

Our Mikestm are super reliable & super green: only need to be recharged once a week!

I'm proud to annouce the updated version. We will release it with the beginning of Q2 in 2011. Pre-orders are taken. Be fast: the improved Next-Gen Miketm is a limited edition.

© from our test area
Photo from latest production test runs.

Every Pre-order receives a free "double speed tutorial instead of answer"-firmware update.

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If you couldn't get your hands on one of these, you maybe want to grab one of our last Ken-Mikestm which is shown above by our Marketing Manager Jan Fabry - delivered with it's original pink trousers which are out of the viewport.

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Don't missyour chance: Under the first hundred pre-orders we raffle a Mike-o-Biketm!

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    Accepted because of the pink trousers. Mike, can you update the question with an uncropped photo so we can all see them?
    – Jan Fabry
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 7:50

Big Thanks Mike!

You make this site worth the visits and you motivated me taking care. And I really appreceate the feedback you give, in answers, questions and comments - same for meta.

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    @hakre - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! - I been looking for some appreciation in the WordPress community for a while and haven't always found it in other parts of the WordPress community, but I think I've found a home. :) Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 8:37
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    Same here Mike, I really appreciate your efforts and wonder how and if you ever sleep?
    – davemac
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 2:04
  • I second @davemac ... your answers have had a huge impact on me. A few months ago I didn't know a thing about programming and now I'm being told that my project's (whose base I've written) are too-complex for the average freelancer. Thanks @MikeSchinkel !!!!
    – MTT
    Commented Jun 17, 2011 at 19:59

This exploit is outrageous, we must remove him from the moderator team ASAP!!!

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    @googletorp - You are kidding, right? Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 8:35
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    @MikeSchinkel Yes, you are doing a great job ;)
    – user94
    Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 16:58

I like it just the way it is ;). If he had to be one person, he might not get as much done ;).

  • @Arlen Beiler - Thanks! (The irony is I've been mostly off the site for a few days because of client work!) Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 21:32

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