As part of an ongoing "treasure hunt" in an online game that I take part in, there have been several forum posts made in an attempt to hint the participants to finding certain locations. However, these clues are hidden within regular forum posts; they have contained anything from a small font white text line of hexcode to convert, to "first letter of each sentence" deals. The latest ones, though, has been a succession of posts that I have not been able to wrap my head around.

The biggest clue appears to be in the punctuation of these posts as there are numerous extra spaces between sentences (and the amount varies) as well as extra periods - sometimes one period closes a sentence, sometimes there will be 5.

I've been trying to look around on google for ways to crack this and get a location clue, but so far, I've not had any luck. I can not start to decypher these clues if I don't even know what kind of clues they are!

What sort of steganography or cryptography methods could be utilizing extra spaces and periods, but only at the end of sentences? I've tried SNOW, I've attempted to look for zero-width-characters, I've tried to figure out if it was morse code, or even binary, but so far to no avail.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you please give us some examples of what you want to cipher so that we can help you more? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Oct 26 '18 at 3:21
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, it seems pasting here removes the formatting and extra spaces. Here's a pastebin link to a small sample part of the text: pastebin.com/eBtMM72u (and yes, I know it seems like complete nonsense and for the most part, it is. The punctuation is what is the oddest thing, in here, though - particularly in the last paragraph) $\endgroup$ – Bucky Oct 26 '18 at 4:06
  • $\begingroup$ You're selling it wrong, mate. Paste the link in the puzzle and rename the puzzle to "Sharknado hidden message" or stuff. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Blue Oct 26 '18 at 9:04
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    $\begingroup$ Is this an ongoing competition? If so, unfortunately our policy requires the question be closed so as not to advantage/disadvantage certain competitors. Regardless, please attach a direct link to the competition or as close to that as you can, since without a link or more detailed reference this is plagarism. $\endgroup$ – boboquack Oct 26 '18 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ Im not looking for someone to solve the clue - I'm just trying to figure out what sort of encryption is being used so that I can attempt to solve it myself. There's not really a direct link as it's not a competition, but secret messages hidden throughout various random forum posts among regular posts - it'd require a bunch of different links to what are suspected hints. Sharknado is only part of a post out of dozens and is more as an example of the punctuation. The question still remains as far as what kind of ways exist to hide a secret message using extra spaces and periods? $\endgroup$ – Bucky Oct 26 '18 at 12:12

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