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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.
1st Dec '16 6:18:15 PM Doc_Loki
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** Sock puppetry was a big part of the political discourse of the early American republic. AlexanderHamilton (yes, that Theater/{{Hamilton}} was a frequent user of sock puppets in his various contributions to newspapers of the era.

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** Sock puppetry was a big part of the political discourse of the early American republic. AlexanderHamilton (yes, that Theater/{{Hamilton}} '''''that''''' Theater/{{Hamilton}}) was a frequent user of sock puppets in his various contributions to newspapers of the era.
1st Dec '16 6:13:56 PM Doc_Loki
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** Sock puppetry was a big part of the political discourse of the early American republic. AlexanderHamilton (yes, that Theater/{{Hamilton}} was a frequent user of sock puppets in his various contributions to newspapers of the era.
29th Nov '16 6:56:17 AM LondonKdS
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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. 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}}, they have long since spread to other electronic venues, most notably blogs.
24th Oct '16 3:53:41 PM nombretomado
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* An absolutely massive problem on GameFAQs supposedly, with no real rules to stop people making/using multiple accounts to the point some users had over 500 of them. More to the point, after some people using sockpuppets failed to fool others on the forums, they've been known to mass suicide the lot, aka post offensive/illegal content with all the alts.

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* An absolutely massive problem on GameFAQs Website/GameFAQs supposedly, with no real rules to stop people making/using multiple accounts to the point some users had over 500 of them. More to the point, after some people using sockpuppets failed to fool others on the forums, they've been known to mass suicide the lot, aka post offensive/illegal content with all the alts.
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