Learning how to code, and searching for a legendary figure in the Ruby who mysteriously disappeared:

Hackety Hack solved the “Little Coder’s Predicament”: It was fun enough to engage a kid, and smart enough to teach her something to boot. But just a few months after launching it, to the astonishment of the community of Ruby programmers who treated him with something approaching messianic worship, _why vanished.

On Aug. 19, 2009, his personal site stopped loading. He stopped answering email. A public repository of his code disappeared. His Twitter account—gone. Hackety Hack—gone. Dozens of other projects—gone.

“Where’s _why?.” — Annie Lowrey, Slate

See also: “Lord of the Files: How GitHub Tamed Free Software.” — Robert McMillan, Wired, Feb. 22, 2012