Chapter 6: Pinned To the Top
A planet far away in the galaxy named Sala Tumu.
In a dark underground office, an elegant middle-age and looking man in glasses was sitting in front of the computer, checking out today’s drug price index. He was the “Night Walker”, the first one to subscribe to Han’s index.
From the start of the subscription until today, it had already been a month, meaning that if Night Walker wants to stay subscribed he needs to make another payment. Han specifically wrote a Thank You email to him for the subscription, and the wording was very sincere.
The office door opened and a young brown-haired girl walked in, placing down a pile of documents onto the desk. She smiled and said, “Daddy, hurry up and sign please.”
The Night Walker picked the documents and said in a lower voice, “I already told you, don’t call me dad at work, you have to call me boss. Also, I’d like to formally inform you that you lost the bet we had a month ago.”
The brown-hair girl was stunned for a moment and asked in curiosity, “That Wind Speaker guy is still doing it?”
Night Walker projected the computer screen onto the office wall, pointed at a detailed graph said, “Not only did he persevere, he’s actually doing it pretty well. At first he could only provide last year’s data model, and now he included the last two years in his trend graph, and also added a new feature predicting the next popular product.
The girl made a funny face, putting her arms around Night Walker and said, “This guy’s actually pretty stubborn, I didn’t know he had such determination. Looks like I lost, I guess I will personally cook a big meal for you tonight.”
Night Walker actually didn’t care about the bet he won, it was just for fun anyways, not to mention the taste of the kind of “substance” his daughter makes….
“Dad, do you think the Wind Speaker guy is cheating and using some type of search engine tool that can locate different data? Did he really do everything by hand?”
Night Walker smiled, “Silly girl, just because it’s the dark net doesn’t mean it lacks supervision. The hackers that created this world is powerful beyond your imagination. They hide in the depth of the dark net looking over all activities. Wind Speaker won’t be able to use any data search tools, otherwise the hackers that founded this world will erase his existence immediately.”
“All I can say is that this guy is very smart, he used a method that looks simple but applies a very advanced calculation model to derive those index numbers. He’s very hardworking. For this index number, he probably have to work around 20 hours every day.”
“20 hours? Does he not eat or sleep?”
“That’s why I say he’s hard working. He’s also very efficient because it can take a lot more than 20 hours for someone to check every website and process and interpret the data. He’s already kind of famous in our community. He really deserves it.”
The girl nodded, “dad, you really seem to like this Wind Speaker guy, looks like you are going to keep the subscription?”
“Of course. Although the index number is still not perfect, but with the speed of the index number improving, it can be very important to the galactic drug companies. Don’t forget, your dad is the vice-admin of the drug forum, I will give him some help within my power, let’s hope that he can continue his work.”
“How does dad plan to help him?”
Night Walker clicked the mouse a few times, “Let’s pin his post to the top.”
647 galactic coins?!
Han would open his dark net bank account every day and he would see the amount would have grown a little bit, ranging from 10 to 50GC. Han is already pretty grateful for it, maybe a few hundred GC is not much on a developed planet, but on Earth, the conversion rate in the last two month has been hovering around 1300 UC to 1 GC.
Of course, Han’s not going to convert them to UC, because he has a bigger goal in mind, a goal to make enough to buy an esper power crystal and inherit a power before he reaches the age limit.
With only 21 days left, Han needs to make 9353 GC in the next 21 days in order to have enough to buy the lowest grade crystal. Oh crap, shipping’s not included.
Han won’t give up easily, but with the speed he’s making money right now, it’s nearly impossible to reach his goal. Suddenly, just when Han’s about to close his account tab, his icon flashed: someone just ordered a half year of the subscription fee for his drug price index, so there’s an extra 13 GC in his wallet.
“Haha, money’s coming”
Han was pretty happy, and before he hit the close button, the number increased by another 3 coins.
“Two subscribers within one minute? Not bad.”
Immediately, another deal came in, this was for a seasonal subscription plan, and now there’s another 8 GC in his account.
“Wait what’s happening, is there a problem with the system or something?”
Han was shocked and quickly visited the home page, only to find his post was pinned to the very top by an admin.
The forum that Han is on belongs to the dark net’s drug discussion forum, and there are a few posts pinned to the top, with Han’s being one of them. Being pleasantly surprised, he clicked open his post and saw it was pinned by Night Walker. Han clearly remembers, this was his first customer!
“After a month of observation, the numbers have been verified, the data is also accurate, and the predictions are well-founded. Although manually calculating index number is a dumb method, what the forum needs most is people that can get things done step by step even if it means using old ancient methods. Post is pinned for encouragement —- Night Walker”
Finally! Han start to get the sudden urge to cry, his hard work is finally getting recognized! After getting pinned, views grew exponentially, soon breaking millions within one day! The revenue from subscriptions on that day had past 6000 GC!
On the second day, the post was no longer pinned, but the popularity remained, bringing Han 3000 GC that day. On the third day, Han got another 1200 GC. On the fourth day, with the initial hype finally decaying, revenue reached 1000 GC, and revenue for the days after averaged around 500 to 400 GC.
Within just one week, Han’s customers past 3000, and his account balance reached 16000 GC which was equivalent to 20,000,000 UC on earth!