That’s close, but details matter
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.
BTW, I can’t be sure, but I may have been the first person to correctly finish the original Zork Trilogy (Zork III).
I remember I got to what seemed to be leading to the ending when I’d get surprising text on the screen. Forget the exact words, but maybe included something like “End of Session”. Which both seemed wrong, but also sounded like it could be their idea of a funny ending. I did a lot of researching and everything I read from others was that was the ending they got - and they didn’t talk like it was a bug.
But I wondered about it anyway and just kept trying things. Eventually just before that ending, I dropped every item I was carrying and entered the last place I got to before - and everything changed. Suddenly I got all this treasure and got the real ending.
Turned out that, at least on the Apple II, there was a bug. I found the details much later - that if you entered that room with an open container (like a a jar with the lid off, etc) it would get that bug. Of course, by dropping everything, I eliminated any possibility of having an open container.
So that’s my classic example of “zork tactics” - don’t just accept what others say and keep trying different things, often going to extremes (in this case, dropping everything) to see if anything changes.
I don’t recall the precise examples anymore, but I know there were two times I described a situation to Mark and he was confident he knew the cause, but I disagreed. It just didn’t quite match all I experienced. I just had trouble explaining things well enough, but I was pretty sure his interpretation was wrong. And, sure enough, later he told me I was right when his solution didn’t solve it.
If you ever talk to Mark, you quickly learn he knows a heck of a lot in tech so no way would my knowledge set come close to his. But I was the one actually experiencing the issue and paid close enough attention to realize there was some other factor involved, even if I didn’t know what the factor was!
It’s one of the reasons I never blindly accept what “experts” say - about anything! I’ll certainly value their input, but I can think for myself too. Basic principles: I know different experts will often have completely opposite opinions. I know people completely inexperienced in a given field have been able to take a fresh look at a problem and solve it when experts did not.