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17th Jun '17 9:30:02 PM nombretomado
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Sock puppets are banned in ''many'' online venues. {{Wikipedia}} is notoriously plagued with them; its "anyone can edit" philosophy makes it hard to keep them out, while its bureaucratic processes provide incentives for their creation.

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Sock puppets are banned in ''many'' online venues. {{Wikipedia}} Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} is notoriously plagued with them; its "anyone can edit" philosophy makes it hard to keep them out, while its bureaucratic processes provide incentives for their creation.



* Another notable incident in {{Wikipedia}} sock puppetry is the deletion debate for the article on ''Webcomic/StarslipCrisis'', a {{webcomic}} by Kris Straub. The discussion overwhelmingly favoured deleting the article, which a passing admin then enacted. At this point [[http://www.halfpixel.com/2007/03/18/delete-wikipedia-a-webcomics-case-study/ Straub revealed]] ''he'' had been the nominator. And ten of the user accounts arguing for deletion. From the same IP. Using factually incorrect arguments. It's bad form to misbehave on the Wikipedia to make a point, but everyone seemed to be too busy gaping in astonishment at [[MagnificentBastard Straub's]] [[BatmanGambit brilliant execution of the plot]] to notice.

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* Another notable incident in {{Wikipedia}} Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} sock puppetry is the deletion debate for the article on ''Webcomic/StarslipCrisis'', a {{webcomic}} by Kris Straub. The discussion overwhelmingly favoured deleting the article, which a passing admin then enacted. At this point [[http://www.halfpixel.com/2007/03/18/delete-wikipedia-a-webcomics-case-study/ Straub revealed]] ''he'' had been the nominator. And ten of the user accounts arguing for deletion. From the same IP. Using factually incorrect arguments. It's bad form to misbehave on the Wikipedia to make a point, but everyone seemed to be too busy gaping in astonishment at [[MagnificentBastard Straub's]] [[BatmanGambit brilliant execution of the plot]] to notice.
20th May '17 1:07:48 PM nombretomado
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A secondary, pseudonymous Net identity created by an individual in order to give the impression that there are multiple people who agree with a given point, idea, or action, when in reality [[VocalMinority there's only one]]. Sock puppets are usually used to post follow-ups that [[ButHeSoundsHandsome praise their owner]] or echo his convictions, in the hopes that they will convince real people to pay attention to him and/or his agenda. Alternatively, they can be used to argue against the poster's real agenda, but in such a stupid or offensive manner as to discredit the opposition. Sometimes, they are used to [[UnCancelled evade bans.]] While the first Sock Puppets appeared on {{Usenet}}, they have long since spread to other electronic venues, most notably blogs.

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A secondary, pseudonymous Net identity created by an individual in order to give the impression that there are multiple people who agree with a given point, idea, or action, when in reality [[VocalMinority there's only one]]. Sock puppets are usually used to post follow-ups that [[ButHeSoundsHandsome praise their owner]] or echo his convictions, in the hopes that they will convince real people to pay attention to him and/or his agenda. Alternatively, they can be used to argue against the poster's real agenda, but in such a stupid or offensive manner as to discredit the opposition. Sometimes, they are used to [[UnCancelled evade bans.]] While the first Sock Puppets appeared on {{Usenet}}, Website/{{Usenet}}, they have long since spread to other electronic venues, most notably blogs.



The term is a long-standing one in electronic media, dating back to the early days of the Net in the 1980s. It originated on {{Usenet}} and is still seen there, especially in the anti-spam groups. The term itself comes from the practice of creating a cheap puppet by pulling a sock over your hand, and then pretending to talk to it. One sub-category of the sock puppet is the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)#Concern_troll concern troll]]", in which a sock puppet pretends to be part of a faction but makes "concerned" derogatory comparisons to another faction for whom the troll is a sock puppet. Another is TheShill.

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The term is a long-standing one in electronic media, dating back to the early days of the Net in the 1980s. It originated on {{Usenet}} Website/{{Usenet}} and is still seen there, especially in the anti-spam groups. The term itself comes from the practice of creating a cheap puppet by pulling a sock over your hand, and then pretending to talk to it. One sub-category of the sock puppet is the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)#Concern_troll concern troll]]", in which a sock puppet pretends to be part of a faction but makes "concerned" derogatory comparisons to another faction for whom the troll is a sock puppet. Another is TheShill.
3rd May '17 5:24:55 PM Luigifan
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A secondary, pseudonymous Net identity created by an individual in order to give the impression that there are multiple people who agree with a given point, idea or action, when in reality [[VocalMinority there's only one]]. Sock puppets are usually used to post follow-ups that [[ButHeSoundsHandsome praise their owner]] or echo his convictions, in the hopes that they will convince real people to pay attention to him and/or his agenda. Alternatively, they can be used to argue against the poster's real agenda, but in such a stupid or offensive manner as to discredit the opposition. Sometimes, they are used to [[UnCancelled evade bans.]] While the first Sock Puppets appeared on {{Usenet}}, they have long since spread to other electronic venues, most notably blogs.

Sock puppeteers are not limited to individuals, though. Numerous groups -- political, commercial, religious and atheistic -- have attempted to manipulate public opinion on the Net using false identities that purported to be "real" people. And multiple Sock Puppets are a necessary part of any AstroTurf campaign. Fortunately, they tend to be fairly heavy-handed and reasonably obvious to most people.

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A secondary, pseudonymous Net identity created by an individual in order to give the impression that there are multiple people who agree with a given point, idea idea, or action, when in reality [[VocalMinority there's only one]]. Sock puppets are usually used to post follow-ups that [[ButHeSoundsHandsome praise their owner]] or echo his convictions, in the hopes that they will convince real people to pay attention to him and/or his agenda. Alternatively, they can be used to argue against the poster's real agenda, but in such a stupid or offensive manner as to discredit the opposition. Sometimes, they are used to [[UnCancelled evade bans.]] While the first Sock Puppets appeared on {{Usenet}}, they have long since spread to other electronic venues, most notably blogs.

Sock puppeteers are not limited to individuals, though. Numerous groups -- political, commercial, religious religious, and atheistic -- have attempted to manipulate public opinion on the Net using false identities that purported to be "real" people. And multiple Sock Puppets are a necessary part of any AstroTurf campaign. Fortunately, they tend to be fairly heavy-handed and reasonably obvious to most people.



This is one of the more popular "[[http://www.cracked.com/funny-3809-internet-argument-techniques/ Internet Argument Techniques.]]" very common in forums and mainly used by trolls this can be a source of frustration to users trying to have an honest debate. Can also be a source of laughs not only for the trolls and others in on the ruse, but for other users following the argument. Once discovered this is commonly used as another point against the user and/or another way to discredit their arguments.[[note]] Of course, someone could always create fairly obvious sock puppets claiming to agree with the opposition for this very purpose, if they were a particularly MagnificentBastard.[[/note]]

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This is one of the more popular "[[http://www.cracked.com/funny-3809-internet-argument-techniques/ Internet Argument Techniques.]]" Techniques]]" very common in forums and mainly used by trolls trolls; this can be a source of frustration to users trying to have an honest debate. Can also be a source of laughs laughs, not only for the trolls and others in on the ruse, but for other users following the argument. Once discovered discovered, this is commonly used as another point against the user and/or another way to discredit their arguments.[[note]] Of [[note]]Of course, someone could always create fairly obvious sock puppets claiming to agree with the opposition for this very purpose, if they were a particularly MagnificentBastard.[[/note]]



* British science fiction writer Lionel Fanthorpe is notorious for this. He was a highly prolific writer who used a large number of pseudonyms in his writing - and would occasionally use them to review works of his other personae. Some of the reviews are even quoted in his book's cover blurbs.

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* British science fiction writer Lionel Fanthorpe is notorious for this. He was a highly prolific writer who used a large number of pseudonyms in his writing - -- and would occasionally use them to review works of his other personae. Some of the reviews are even quoted in his book's cover blurbs.
29th Apr '17 7:55:56 PM Mooncalf
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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': When Leonard and Sheldon's research paper comes under fire by an internet troll [[spoiler:who is actually Stephen Hawking]], Raj tries to back them up with praising comments posted by by various fake researchers from around the world - each acting like overblown national sterotypes. It's clearly not fooling anyone.
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17th Apr '17 4:18:35 PM Darkmoonfire
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* Kongregate allows anyone over the age of 13 have as many accounts as willing. The practice is used even by the moderators, some of which have their moderator status on a separate, alternative account with no post count and no points, used to moderate while the main account is used for actual fun. Many users, including some moderators, have a main account holding all the pizazz, and multiple "alt" accounts acting precisely as sockpuppets. Sometimes, due to no accounts-per-email limit and the fact the registration takes about a minute and the account is active immediately after, new accounts are created just for a single purpose of having a fitting name to answer a discussion. This system, however, causes people to be practically unbannable - anyone banned can just make another account and resume whatever was he or she was doing.

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* Kongregate Website/{{Kongregate}} allows anyone over the age of 13 have as many accounts as willing. The practice is used even by the moderators, some of which have their moderator status on a separate, alternative account with no post count and no points, used to moderate while the main account is used for actual fun. Many users, including some moderators, have a main account holding all the pizazz, and multiple "alt" accounts acting precisely as sockpuppets. Sometimes, due to no accounts-per-email limit and the fact the registration takes about a minute and the account is active immediately after, new accounts are created just for a single purpose of having a fitting name to answer a discussion. This system, however, causes people to be practically unbannable - anyone banned can just make another account and resume whatever was he or she was doing.
8th Apr '17 12:23:41 PM nombretomado
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* Ben Eisenkop, better known on {{Reddit}} as Unidan, was a well known member of the site's community... until he got caught for blatant vote rigging using alternate accounts, often upvoting himself and downvoting his opponents (due to how the site works, having votes just below 0 means your post is hidden. He basically silenced the people he argued against this way). He was shadowbanned in July 2014.

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* Ben Eisenkop, better known on {{Reddit}} {{Website/Reddit}} as Unidan, was a well known member of the site's community... until he got caught for blatant vote rigging using alternate accounts, often upvoting himself and downvoting his opponents (due to how the site works, having votes just below 0 means your post is hidden. He basically silenced the people he argued against this way). He was shadowbanned in July 2014.
7th Apr '17 4:36:53 PM nombretomado
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* In 2003, a ''[[ThePriceisRight Price is Right]]'' fan site known as [=Golden-Road.net=] was spammed by one of the show's substitute announcers following the death of [[TheAnnouncer Rod Roddy]]. The person in question (Daniel Rosen) created numerous sockpuppet accounts which bantered back and forth about how great his voice work was... when in fact he was almost universally despised by both the legit members and the show's staff. Nobody was amused.

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* In 2003, a ''[[ThePriceisRight ''[[Series/ThePriceisRight Price is Right]]'' fan site known as [=Golden-Road.net=] was spammed by one of the show's substitute announcers following the death of [[TheAnnouncer Rod Roddy]]. The person in question (Daniel Rosen) created numerous sockpuppet accounts which bantered back and forth about how great his voice work was... when in fact he was almost universally despised by both the legit members and the show's staff. Nobody was amused.
27th Feb '17 4:11:52 PM nombretomado
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* LiveJournal communities often see Sockpuppets used to get around bans.

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* LiveJournal Website/LiveJournal communities often see Sockpuppets used to get around bans.
11th Feb '17 7:34:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* When [[TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] was pressed to provide proof that France's economy was taking a hit because of his call for a boycott after their lack of support for the United States' actions in Iraq, he cited an article in the wholly imaginary ''Paris Business Review''.

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* ''Series/TheOReillyFactor'': When [[TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] O'Reilly was pressed to provide proof that France's economy was taking a hit because of his call for a boycott after their lack of support for the United States' actions in Iraq, he cited an article in the wholly imaginary ''Paris Business Review''.
1st Dec '16 6:26:21 PM Doc_Loki
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* British science fiction writer Lionel Fanthorpe is notorious for this. He was a highly prolific writer who used a large number of pseudonyms in his writing - and would occasionally use them to review works of his other personae. Some of the reviews are even quoted in his book's cover blurbs.
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