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18th Feb '18 10:31:16 AM nombretomado
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* The comics author ReginaldHudlin has been caught using sock puppets to defend his work on ''Black Panther''.

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* The comics author ReginaldHudlin Creator/ReginaldHudlin has been caught using sock puppets to defend his work on ''Black Panther''.
8th Jan '18 10:26:52 AM Rytex
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* [[Website/FIMFictionDotNet FIMFiction]] allows multiple accounts under the one condition that they do not favorite or like each others' stories. That being said, it is not uncommon for site users to have an account to host their K-T content, and a different account to host their [[Rule34 clop,]] a practice even site moderator and Blog/EquestriaDaily prereader Alexstraza got in on with his clop account "Quixotic."
* Shortly after his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors in mid-2016, Kevin Durant was found to have used multiple sock puppet accounts on various social media platforms to argue with detractors and praise his own decision to move to the Dubs. When this was discovered in early 2017, it became (and currently remains) a bit of a meme among the sports community to address the poster of a pro-Golden State/Kevin Durant post as though they actually were Kevin Durant.
10th Dec '17 5:08:19 PM nombretomado
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* Some games, especially those that have factions, tends to have some sort of restriction that prevents you from interacting with anyone who doesn't pick the same side you do (Outside of PVP modes, of course). Most games let you create more than one character, but some, like {{DynastyWarriorsOnline}}, don't let you create any more than a few, or even one character, keeping things like Trading impossible with most people without a second or third account.

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* Some games, especially those that have factions, tends to have some sort of restriction that prevents you from interacting with anyone who doesn't pick the same side you do (Outside of PVP modes, of course). Most games let you create more than one character, but some, like {{DynastyWarriorsOnline}}, ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsOnline'', don't let you create any more than a few, or even one character, keeping things like Trading impossible with most people without a second or third account.
1st Nov '17 6:22:50 PM Malady
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* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial This wiki totally doesn't have any examples.]] The forum, on the other hand, has the infamous {{Venhax}}.

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* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial This wiki totally doesn't have any examples.]] The forum, on the other hand, has the infamous {{Venhax}}.DarthWiki/{{Venhax}}.
15th Oct '17 2:15:57 PM Augusto
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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 Website/{{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 Website/{{Usenet}}, Website/{{Usenet}} (i.e. they are pretty much as old as discussion on the Internet itself), they have long since spread to other electronic venues, most notably blogs.
29th Aug '17 7:03:11 PM nombretomado
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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 UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton (yes, '''''that''''' Theater/{{Hamilton}}) was a frequent user of sock puppets in his various contributions to newspapers of the era.
21st Aug '17 11:16:44 AM Malady
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* One of the worst offenders is the Wrestling/MollyHolly stalker. He has over 40 accounts on YouTube (most notably one called "noragreenwaldisacunt") plus many more on BlogSpot and DailyMotion. His posts are all suspiciously similar in style. WordOfGod is he fell in love with her but went over the DespairEventHorizon when she got engaged to her now-husband.

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* One of the worst offenders is the Wrestling/MollyHolly stalker. He has over 40 accounts on YouTube (most notably one called "noragreenwaldisacunt") plus many more on BlogSpot Website/BlogSpot and DailyMotion.Website/DailyMotion. His posts are all suspiciously similar in style. WordOfGod is he fell in love with her but went over the DespairEventHorizon when she got engaged to her now-husband.
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.
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