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22nd Apr '16 3:29:07 AM KidDynamite
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* One of the worst offenders is the Molly Holly stalker. He has over 30 accounts on YouTube (most notably one called noragreenwaldisacunt) plus many more on BlogSpot and DailyMotion. His posts are all suspiciously similar in style. Word Of God is he fell in love with her but went over the Despair Event Horizon when she got engaged to her now-husband.

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* One of the worst offenders is the Molly Holly Wrestling/MollyHolly stalker. He has over 30 40 accounts on YouTube (most notably one called noragreenwaldisacunt) "noragreenwaldisacunt") plus many more on BlogSpot and DailyMotion. His posts are all suspiciously similar in style. Word Of God WordOfGod is he fell in love with her but went over the Despair Event Horizon DespairEventHorizon when she got engaged to her now-husband.
14th Apr '16 9:54:42 AM WillBGood
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** A [[TheDitz certain]] [[@/{{Tnophelia}} Tropette]] holds the second place after getting banned for creation of [[OverNineThousand over forty sock puppets]].

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** A [[TheDitz certain]] [[@/{{Tnophelia}} Tropette]] One]] Tnophelia holds the second place after getting banned for creation of [[OverNineThousand over forty sock puppets]].
14th Apr '16 9:51:55 AM WillBGood
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* [[SarcasmMode This wiki totally doesn't have any examples.]] The forum, on the other hand, has the infamous {{Venhax}}.

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* [[SarcasmMode [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial This wiki totally doesn't have any examples.]] The forum, on the other hand, has the infamous {{Venhax}}.
2nd Mar '16 2:16:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane'' has had a week of Thorax and his pal Sphinxter, The Internet Comment Sock Puppet, but Shinxter's just an example of [[TakeThatCritics the numorous idiots who dare to mock his high-class strip]] about the beauty of music and ballet (and the orgasms induced by said beautiful arts). Then again, he does exist to make the author look good compared to [[StrawLoser the Internet]], which is [[TheFlashTub dumb and so goddamn crazy]].

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* ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane'' has had a week of Thorax and his pal Sphinxter, The Internet Comment Sock Puppet, but Shinxter's just an example of [[TakeThatCritics the numorous idiots who dare to mock his high-class strip]] about the beauty of music and ballet (and the orgasms induced by said beautiful arts). Then again, he does exist to make the author look good compared to [[StrawLoser the Internet]], which is [[TheFlashTub [[WebAnimation/TheFlashTub dumb and so goddamn crazy]].
29th Jan '16 3:09:24 AM rjd1922
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* An interviewer for Harper's magazine, trying to get in touch with ''Film/TheRoom'' auteur Tommy Wiseau, first had to arrange an interview through a man named "John," allegedly the "administrator" of Wiseau Films. (John is the same guy who sent cease-and-desist letters to Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses for reviewing his film.) Judging by John's peculiar brand of broken English, the writer theorized that John may in fact be Tommy Wiseau himself. The promo material for ''The Room'' included enthusiastic blurbs from alleged publications/websites called ''Entertainment Today'' and ''Beverly Hills 90210'' (not [[BeverlyHills90210 that one]]), that just happen to have the same shaky command of English and odd obsessions of Wiseau himself.
* The message boards at the official ''StarWars'' site feature a few recurrent socks, but none as persistent as one originally known as The Rev, who has created ''literally thousands'' of fake accounts to harass the boards.
* Fantasy author RobertStanek is notorious for this. He [[VanityPublishing self publishes]] his books, then creates hundred of false accounts on Amazon to praise his books, creates false fansites for his own books and [[http://conjugalfelicity.com/robert-stanek/the-photoshop-debacle/ photoshops pictures with himself and other fantasy authors]]. His sockpuppets also created Wikipedia pages about himself (before they were deleted) and extensively spammed the website LibraryThing, leading to a permanent warning on his page.

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* An interviewer for Harper's magazine, trying to get in touch with ''Film/TheRoom'' auteur Tommy Wiseau, first had to arrange an interview through a man named "John," allegedly the "administrator" of Wiseau Films. (John is the same guy who sent cease-and-desist letters to Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses for reviewing his film.) Judging by John's peculiar brand of broken English, the writer theorized that John may in fact be Tommy Wiseau himself. The promo material for ''The Room'' included enthusiastic blurbs from alleged publications/websites called ''Entertainment Today'' and ''Beverly Hills 90210'' (not [[BeverlyHills90210 [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 that one]]), that just happen to have the same shaky command of English and odd obsessions of Wiseau himself.
himself. ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' seemingly confirms that "John" is a pseudonym of Wiseau.
* The message boards at the official ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' site feature a few recurrent socks, but none as persistent as one originally known as The Rev, who has created ''literally thousands'' of fake accounts to harass the boards.
* Fantasy author RobertStanek Creator/RobertStanek is notorious for this. He [[VanityPublishing self publishes]] his books, then creates hundred of false accounts on Amazon to praise his books, creates false fansites for his own books and [[http://conjugalfelicity.com/robert-stanek/the-photoshop-debacle/ photoshops pictures with himself and other fantasy authors]]. His sockpuppets also created Wikipedia pages about himself (before they were deleted) and extensively spammed the website LibraryThing, leading to a permanent warning on his page.
1st Jan '16 7:40:21 PM nombretomado
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* One lone, particularly fanatical ''{{Smallville}}'' fan [[http://wiki.fandomwank.com/index.php/Don%27t_You_Have_Any_Personalities_That_Aren%27t_Complete_Asshats%3F had 28 separate socks,]] each with different opinions and writing styles. And had them fight. It was apparently related to her spontaneous proposal to actor Tom Welling (who in RealLife is happily married to someone else).

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* One lone, particularly fanatical ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' fan [[http://wiki.fandomwank.com/index.php/Don%27t_You_Have_Any_Personalities_That_Aren%27t_Complete_Asshats%3F had 28 separate socks,]] each with different opinions and writing styles. And had them fight. It was apparently related to her spontaneous proposal to actor Tom Welling (who in RealLife is happily married to someone else).
13th Nov '15 11:13:25 PM VVK
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AdHominem, can occur if someone on the internet accuses another of being a sock puppet when the accused is actually providing an honest opinion of dissent and asking an honest question about accountability and credibility. This might be done by either trolls or as an example of FanDumb or HateDumb to not have to answer to a criticism or dissenting opinion while still discrediting the person that dissented.

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AdHominem, AdHominem can occur if someone on the internet accuses another of being a sock puppet when the accused is actually providing an honest opinion of dissent and asking an honest question about accountability and credibility. This might be done by either trolls or as an example of FanDumb or HateDumb to not have to answer to a criticism or dissenting opinion while still discrediting the person that dissented.
7th Sep '15 1:46:12 PM Berrenta
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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples has an example of this]]. In ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar,'' Cassius wins Brutus to his cause by leaving outside of Brutus's home a bunch of petitions written by himself in various handwriting styles, all criticizing Caesar and praising Brutus.
* Not only Shakespeare but also Creator/CharlesDickens, in ''Literature/MartinChuzzlewit''. Mrs Gamp's ImaginaryFriend, Mrs Harris, is essentially a spoken sock-puppet, since she lives (by Mrs Gamp's own accounts) entirely to agree with Mrs Gamp's opinions, flatter her character and express confidence in her abilities. Nobody else believes she exists.

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples has an example of this]]. In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar,'' Cassius wins Brutus to his cause by leaving outside of Brutus's home a bunch of petitions written by himself in various handwriting styles, all criticizing Caesar and praising Brutus.
* Not only Shakespeare but also Creator/CharlesDickens, in ''Literature/MartinChuzzlewit''. In Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/MartinChuzzlewit'', Mrs Gamp's ImaginaryFriend, Mrs Harris, is essentially a spoken sock-puppet, since she lives (by Mrs Gamp's own accounts) entirely to agree with Mrs Gamp's opinions, flatter her character and express confidence in her abilities. Nobody else believes she exists.
16th Aug '15 9:02:56 PM MyFinalEdits
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* The PR wing of [[ChurchOfHappyology Happyology's]] Office of Special Affairs has ''an entire staff'' of people whose job is to create sock puppets in order to spam the comment sections of news articles and various newsgroups with either pro-Happyology messages or confusing junk posts. ([[http://raincoaster.com/2008/01/27/anonymous-demonstration-london-church-of-scientology/#comment-249716 Example]]) Unfortunately for them, the more active spammers aren't very good at hiding themselves.
** Nonetheless, Wikipedia eventually imposed a blanket editing ban on all computers associated with the Church of Happyology and its affiliates.

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* The PR wing of [[ChurchOfHappyology Happyology's]] Office of Special Affairs has ''an entire staff'' of people whose job is to create sock puppets in order to spam the comment sections of news articles and various newsgroups with either pro-Happyology messages or confusing junk posts. ([[http://raincoaster.com/2008/01/27/anonymous-demonstration-london-church-of-scientology/#comment-249716 Example]]) Unfortunately for them, the more active spammers aren't very good at hiding themselves.
** Nonetheless,
themselves. Wikipedia eventually imposed a blanket editing ban on all computers associated with the Church of Happyology and its affiliates.



** In New Zealand, we have a similar site, "Rate my Teacher" (be careful saying it out loud). One particular english teacher attempted to boost her ratings with a pair of all-five-star reviews in a sea of 1s and zeros, again, capitalized correctly and punctuated clearly.

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** * In New Zealand, we have a similar site, there's "Rate my Teacher" (be careful saying it out loud). One particular english English teacher attempted to boost her ratings with a pair of all-five-star reviews in a sea of 1s and zeros, again, capitalized correctly and punctuated clearly.



* An interviewer for Harper's magazine, trying to get in touch with ''Film/TheRoom'' auteur Tommy Wiseau, first had to arrange an interview through a man named "John," allegedly the "administrator" of Wiseau Films. (John is the same guy who sent cease-and-desist letters to Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses for reviewing his film.) Judging by John's peculiar brand of broken English, the writer theorized that John may in fact be Tommy Wiseau himself.
** The promo material for ''The Room'' included enthusiastic blurbs from alleged publications/websites called ''Entertainment Today'' and ''Beverly Hills 90210'' (not [[BeverlyHills90210 that one]]), that just happen to have the same shaky command of English and odd obsessions of Wiseau himself.

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* An interviewer for Harper's magazine, trying to get in touch with ''Film/TheRoom'' auteur Tommy Wiseau, first had to arrange an interview through a man named "John," allegedly the "administrator" of Wiseau Films. (John is the same guy who sent cease-and-desist letters to Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses for reviewing his film.) Judging by John's peculiar brand of broken English, the writer theorized that John may in fact be Tommy Wiseau himself.
**
himself. The promo material for ''The Room'' included enthusiastic blurbs from alleged publications/websites called ''Entertainment Today'' and ''Beverly Hills 90210'' (not [[BeverlyHills90210 that one]]), that just happen to have the same shaky command of English and odd obsessions of Wiseau himself.



* This is why [[http://www.ebay.com eBay]] seller ratings have to be taken with a grain of salt: some sellers create fictional accounts for the purpose of giving themselves feedback.
** Some users will cheat the system if they're not happy with how their auction is going. If the bid is too low they will use another account to outbid at the last second so they won't have to sell.

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* This is why [[http://www.ebay.com eBay]] seller ratings have to be taken with a grain of salt: some sellers create fictional accounts for the purpose of giving themselves feedback.
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feedback. Some users will cheat the system if they're not happy with how their auction is going. If the bid is too low they will use another account to outbid at the last second so they won't have to sell.



* Scott Adams, creator of the "ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}" newspaper strip, [[http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/scott-adams-caught-defending-himself-anonymously-on-metafilter_b27969 got caught]] using a sockpuppet called [=PlannedChaos=] to defend himself (and promote himself as a "certified genius") on Metafilter.
* Dennis R. Upkins, author of "Literature/{{Hollowstone}}", [[http://i55.tinypic.com/2n81p3n.png got caught]] writing a review of his own book on amazon under an assumed name. In particular, it was noted that his sock pretended to be a bisexual woman who praised the book for its female characters (his book has been criticized on some forums for poor depictions of said characters). He was caught because his sock account was linked to his real credit card, so Amazon displayed his real name next to his assumed identity.

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* Scott Adams, creator of the "ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}" ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' newspaper strip, [[http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/scott-adams-caught-defending-himself-anonymously-on-metafilter_b27969 got caught]] using a sockpuppet called [=PlannedChaos=] to defend himself (and promote himself as a "certified genius") on Metafilter.
* Dennis R. Upkins, author of "Literature/{{Hollowstone}}", ''Literature/{{Hollowstone}}'', [[http://i55.tinypic.com/2n81p3n.png got caught]] writing a review of his own book on amazon under an assumed name. In particular, it was noted that his sock pretended to be a bisexual woman who praised the book for its female characters (his book has been criticized on some forums for poor depictions of said characters). He was caught because his sock account was linked to his real credit card, so Amazon displayed his real name next to his assumed identity.



* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', before the Dollars genuinely became a huge group, the founders posted under different handles to give the impression they ''were''; and stationed in Ikebukuro. Apparently effective, exhibited when a number of people (actually just one person: [[spoiler: Mikado]]) agreed they should do good things like cleaning graffiti; and amazingly, a large prominent one, thought impossible to remove especially if alone, was wiped clean overnight.
** May also be a reason so many people of different ages and backgrounds join after the password is leaked to them by [[spoiler: Izaya]]; because no matter how big the group is getting, or how ordinary you are, someone would always reply.
** It's also known that Izaya has a number of sockpuppet accounts (most notably Nakura). [[http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/54709.html#cutid1 Volume 9 notes]] that these aren't just internet handles, but entire dummy identities with addresses, pre-established histories (he bought them off of people), and sometimes even faces (He gets his secretary Namie to play [[{{GIRL}} Kanra]] in offline meetings, for example).

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* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', before the Dollars genuinely became a huge group, the founders posted under different handles to give the impression they ''were''; and stationed in Ikebukuro. Apparently effective, exhibited when a number of people (actually just one person: [[spoiler: Mikado]]) agreed they should do good things like cleaning graffiti; and amazingly, a large prominent one, thought impossible to remove especially if alone, was wiped clean overnight.
**
overnight. May also be a reason so many people of different ages and backgrounds join after the password is leaked to them by [[spoiler: Izaya]]; because no matter how big the group is getting, or how ordinary you are, someone would always reply.
**
reply. It's also known that Izaya has a number of sockpuppet accounts (most notably Nakura). [[http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/54709.html#cutid1 Volume 9 notes]] that these aren't just internet handles, but entire dummy identities with addresses, pre-established histories (he bought them off of people), and sometimes even faces (He gets his secretary Namie to play [[{{GIRL}} Kanra]] in offline meetings, for example).
16th Aug '15 5:59:33 PM ike755
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* The PR wing of Scientology's Office of Special Affairs has ''an entire staff'' of people whose job is to create sock puppets in order to spam the comment sections of news articles and various newsgroups with either pro-Scientology messages or confusing junk posts. ([[http://raincoaster.com/2008/01/27/anonymous-demonstration-london-church-of-scientology/#comment-249716 Example]]) Unfortunately for them, the more active spammers aren't very good at hiding themselves.
** Nonetheless, Wikipedia eventually imposed a blanket editing ban on all computers associated with the Church of Scientology and its affiliates.

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* The PR wing of Scientology's [[ChurchOfHappyology Happyology's]] Office of Special Affairs has ''an entire staff'' of people whose job is to create sock puppets in order to spam the comment sections of news articles and various newsgroups with either pro-Scientology pro-Happyology messages or confusing junk posts. ([[http://raincoaster.com/2008/01/27/anonymous-demonstration-london-church-of-scientology/#comment-249716 Example]]) Unfortunately for them, the more active spammers aren't very good at hiding themselves.
** Nonetheless, Wikipedia eventually imposed a blanket editing ban on all computers associated with the Church of Scientology Happyology and its affiliates.
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