Normally something like this wouldn't be considered news worthy, however we felt this specific situation called for a notice that was sure to grab attention. There are hundreds of users on the HalfLife2.Net boards and elsewhere that are near convinced that Gabe Newell's posts on this board are as fake as the e-mail that mislead thousands of fans less than a week ago. Many are at the very least skeptical about Gabe's interaction on our boards, raising many questions and concerns about its authenticity. Gabe has taken interest and posted on our forum previously, and quite honestly his relationship with this community is too often taken for granted. Unfortunately up until this point the staff here haven't been able to give anyone any solid reasons as to why we actually know that it's him. For peace of mind and to attempt to reassure those of you with doubts, we ran a traceroute on the IP that posted Gabe's call for help and as expected, it originated from Valve Software's offices in Seattle (the same details that appear in legitimate e-mail headers from Valve Software employees). While we won't post the IPs or hostnames here publically for obvious reasons, if you're a member of the press and would like to see the traceroute for yourself, I have no problems with you taking the time to e-mail me.