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Note about blue text & syntax highlighting

I previously noticed (bc94bc3) that the GitHub copies of the victim stories were colored blue and surmised that was evidence of tampering. However I forgot that GitHub's flavor of Markdown supports syntax highlighting while regular Markdown doesn't. A reader recently pointed this out as an explanation for the blue text:

"Insbesondere wo es um die Theorie von mehreren Autoren einzelner Posts der jacobappelbaum.net-Seite geht. Das Indiz ist die Blaufärbung von Textstellen. Allerdings ist das nur die visuelle Repräsentation von Github. Da wird versucht ein Syntax-Highlighting auf die Markdown-Dokumente zu machen und das passiert eben an stellen mit "besonderen" Zeichen: Kochkommas, Bindestriche. Wenn sowas mal nicht genau paarweise auftritt, z.b. durch Verwendung als Apostroph, kommt der Parser nicht mehr klar und faerbt komplette Passagen. Markdown ist eben nur text und enthaelt keine Farbinformationen. Wenn du dir die Files raw herunterlaedst, oder das Repository mal klont und mit einem Editor deiner Wahl betrachtest, wirst du das sehen. Dein Dokument ist ja auch Markdown und sieht daher auch stellenweise blau aus."

TLDR translation: The blue text is just GitHub's syntax highlighting, as it occurs around special characters like commas and apostrophes. The raw files of the entries won't have that if viewed in a different text editor.

So that would not be an indication of multiple writers. However the different dates still would; they've already admitted to editing stories, and been accused of entering stories on behalf of alleged victims without their permission.
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@@ -480,7 +480,7 @@ The [@VictimsOfJake](https://archive.is/pXStd) account [shared another link](htt

The website profiles eight separate claims from people who were "[harassed, plagiarized, humiliated, and abused — sexually, emotionally, and physically](https://archive.is/8m4Yk#selection-245.34-245.140)." Initially, half of them were marked as placeholders ([Alice](https://archive.is/NdMrJ#selection-647.0-649.0), [Briar](https://archive.is/ZivH4#selection-647.0-649.0), Phoenix, and Sam), but the stories for "Sam" and "Phoenix" have since been added, along with more stories than the original eight (Kiwi and Nick). All, except for Nick's, are purposely under vague (i.e. anonymized) names. It has been alleged that [a supposed victim behind one of the last two remaining placeholders had their account written against their will](https://archive.is/gbw90#selection-919.0-919.381).

The GitHub copies of the entries are PNG images, the text of which is colored blue in odd places. Initially, all the entries were marked with the same date of [December 31st, 2015](https://web.archive.org/web/20160605211542/https://github.com/ioerrror/jacobappelbaum.net/blob/master/content/west.md); since then, newer entries have not only been given different dates but the dates on earlier entries were changed (compare them from [both](https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://github.com/ioerrror/jacobappelbaum.net/blob/master/content/*) [archives](https://archive.is/https://github.com/ioerrror/jacobappelbaum.net*)). It is unclear what the date signifies. Synopses of the allegations submitted anonymously on the website (ordered by their dates) are as follows:
The GitHub copies of the entries are PNG images, the text of which is colored blue in odd places (this is probably just due to GitHub's syntax highlighting of the file, as it occurs around special characters). Initially, all the entries were marked with the same date of [December 31st, 2015](https://web.archive.org/web/20160605211542/https://github.com/ioerrror/jacobappelbaum.net/blob/master/content/west.md); since then, newer entries have not only been given different dates but the dates on earlier entries were changed (compare them from [both](https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://github.com/ioerrror/jacobappelbaum.net/blob/master/content/*) [archives](https://archive.is/https://github.com/ioerrror/jacobappelbaum.net*)). It is unclear what the date signifies. Synopses of the allegations submitted anonymously on the website (ordered by their dates) are as follows:

+ "[Phoenix](https://archive.is/hxfzw)," who at a post-workshop dinner was publicly propositioned for sex twice and subjected to other behavior she found humiliating ([January 26th, 2016](https://archive.is/jUxNM#selection-645.1-649.0)). [William Budington](https://archive.is/Hs1mS), a software engineer for the **Electronic Frontier Foundation**, has [personally vouched](https://archive.is/eRXca) for this story's authenticity; Micah Lee from [**The Intercept**](https://archive.is/Fydks) also [appears](https://archive.is/s32Fe) to have done so, as well as [Garrett Robinson](https://archive.is/kPNtX), [lead developer of **SecureDrop**](https://archive.is/rtrtU#selection-979.271-991.58), and [Runa Sandvik](https://archive.is/reM4m), [director of information security for **The New York Times**](https://archive.is/lReKa).

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