Hello. If you’ve been active on these threads in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a running gag involving a reader whose entire commenting history consists of brief thank you notes to Lifehacker writers. Today I’d like to talk to you about Adel, our mystery commenter.

Adel’s commenting career began last December, when he thanked guest blogger Chris Guillebeau for providing tips on collecting frequent flyer miles without actually flying. Since then, Adel has been on what can only be described as a gratitude spree. Andy Orin received his thanks. So did Herbert Lui. Alan Henry and Thorin Klosowski, apparently his favorite writers, have each been thanked twice.

Who is Adel and why is he so full of gratitude? He’s clearly not a spammer - he’s never linked to an external URL or mentioned an aunt who works from home. In fact, Adel has never said anything but “thank you.” I mean literally - besides “thank you,” the only words he’s ever written are “for the tip,” as in “thank you for the tip.” (That was his first comment; he’s not felt the need to be as specific since.)

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As you know, the Friday open thread is a free discussion forum where you can talk about anything. You don’t need to feel obligated to talk about Adel, although you should because I did and why should you get to talk about something else. As you can probably tell, there were no posts to summarize on Hackerspace this week. If you’d like to become a Hackerspace author so you don’t need to read more rambling intros from me, please fill out an application. Thank you.

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