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17th Jan '18 12:55:38 PM Jeduthun
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In online contexts, a shill can be a specific form of SockPuppet. If someone's praising a product (or a person, place, thing, political position, etc.) on a forum a little ''too'' loudly, they may be actually be the one who makes it. This sort of shill is sometimes called a ''plant'' (originally an espionage term) or an ''{{Astroturf}}er]]'' (more recent and deriving from politics, referring to fake grassroots support). This variant often engages in {{derailing}} to spread their point of view or attack or discredit people who oppose it.

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In online contexts, a shill can be a specific form of SockPuppet. If someone's praising a product (or a person, place, thing, political position, etc.) on a forum a little ''too'' loudly, they may be actually be the one who makes it. This sort of shill is sometimes called a ''plant'' (originally an espionage term) or an ''{{Astroturf}}er]]'' ''{{Astroturf}}er'' (more recent and deriving from politics, referring to fake grassroots support). This variant often engages in {{derailing}} to spread their point of view or attack or discredit people who oppose it.
17th Jan '18 12:55:15 PM Jeduthun
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In online contexts, a shill can be a specific form of SockPuppet. If someone's praising a product (or a person, place, thing, political position, etc.) on a forum a little ''too'' loudly, they may be actually be the one who makes it. This sort of shill is sometimes called a ''plant'' (originally an espionage term) or an ''{{sstroturf}}er]]'' (more recent and deriving from politics, referring to fake grassroots support). This variant often engages in {{derailing}} to spread their point of view or attack or discredit people who oppose it.

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In online contexts, a shill can be a specific form of SockPuppet. If someone's praising a product (or a person, place, thing, political position, etc.) on a forum a little ''too'' loudly, they may be actually be the one who makes it. This sort of shill is sometimes called a ''plant'' (originally an espionage term) or an ''{{sstroturf}}er]]'' ''{{Astroturf}}er]]'' (more recent and deriving from politics, referring to fake grassroots support). This variant often engages in {{derailing}} to spread their point of view or attack or discredit people who oppose it.


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17th Jan '18 12:53:16 PM Jeduthun
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* If you are researching a product and Google "[Brand Name] reviews", buyer beware: Investigations have shown that the top sites on search engines are often strategically optimized AstroTurf sites sponsored by the company themselves, or review sites that get kickbacks from the companies by using affiliate links.
16th Dec '17 1:04:09 PM Malady
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In online contexts, a shill can be a specific form of SockPuppet. If someone's praising a product (or a person, place, thing, political position, etc.) on a forum a little ''too'' loudly, they may be actually be the one who makes it. This sort of shill is sometimes called a ''plant'' (originally an espionage term) or an ''[[AstroTurf astroturfer]]'' (more recent and deriving from politics, referring to fake grassroots support). This variant often engages in {{derailing}} to spread their point of view or attack or discredit people who oppose it.

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In online contexts, a shill can be a specific form of SockPuppet. If someone's praising a product (or a person, place, thing, political position, etc.) on a forum a little ''too'' loudly, they may be actually be the one who makes it. This sort of shill is sometimes called a ''plant'' (originally an espionage term) or an ''[[AstroTurf astroturfer]]'' ''{{sstroturf}}er]]'' (more recent and deriving from politics, referring to fake grassroots support). This variant often engages in {{derailing}} to spread their point of view or attack or discredit people who oppose it.



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13th Dec '17 9:26:31 AM Divra
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** A very specific sub-species of the medicine show shill is the toad-eater, a person who would swallow a live toad and be "cured" by the salesman's elixir. Professional toad-eaters would either use sleight-of-hand to hide the toad, train their toads to not excrete poison while in the toad-eater's mouth, or simply bank on the fact that a young, fit, well-fed man will get horrendously ill after eating a toad, but probably won't die. The term "toad-eater" (usually shortened to "toady") is now part of the English general vernacular, meaning someone who will do anything, no matter how disgusting, for their boss.
13th May '17 4:52:07 PM Az_Tech341
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* The director of notoriously bad VideoGame ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'' has been doing this. Then [[http://lotl.wikia.com/wiki/Limbo_of_the_Lost#GameBoomers_Scandal things get kinda confusing.]]

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* The director of notoriously bad VideoGame ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'' has been doing this. Then [[http://lotl.wikia.com/wiki/Limbo_of_the_Lost#GameBoomers_Scandal things get kinda confusing.]]
13th May '17 12:04:00 PM nombretomado
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* The director of notoriously bad VideoGame ''LimboOfTheLost'' has been doing this. Then [[http://lotl.wikia.com/wiki/Limbo_of_the_Lost#GameBoomers_Scandal things get kinda confusing.]]

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* The director of notoriously bad VideoGame ''LimboOfTheLost'' ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'' has been doing this. Then [[http://lotl.wikia.com/wiki/Limbo_of_the_Lost#GameBoomers_Scandal things get kinda confusing.]]
7th Apr '17 3:49:05 PM nombretomado
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There's also a RealLife casino employee called a "shill" in this case, a professional {{poker}} player who uses the casino's money to keep a game going, and to fool gullible tourists into thinking the game is easier to win than it actually is. Casinos being what they are with their money, shills who keep their job for a measurable amount of time are ''really'' good at poker.

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There's also a RealLife casino employee called a "shill" in this case, a professional {{poker}} TabletopGame/{{poker}} player who uses the casino's money to keep a game going, and to fool gullible tourists into thinking the game is easier to win than it actually is. Casinos being what they are with their money, shills who keep their job for a measurable amount of time are ''really'' good at poker.
3rd Apr '17 5:55:32 PM randomtroper89
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A role in TheCon. This is an accomplice who falsely "approves" the proposition in such a way that his "support" encourages TheMark to go for the deal. A good shill gives the impression that they're going to grab all the goodies, so the mark had better move fast with an increased bid. A ConmanInMarksClothing is a specific kind of shill.

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A role in TheCon. This is an accomplice who falsely "approves" the proposition in such a way that his "support" encourages TheMark to go for the deal. A good shill gives the impression that they're going to grab all the goodies, so the mark had better move fast with an increased bid. A ConmanInMarksClothing FakeMark is a specific kind of shill.
14th Nov '16 2:35:10 PM DustSnitch
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* John plays one of these (however unwillingly) early on in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' at one point for [[SnakeOilSalesman Dickens]], in a bid to [[MedicineShow sell his "medicinal" tonic]]. He gives incredibly-neutral responses to any questions that Dickens asks him, and even openly spits out the foul-tasting tonic when made to drink it in front of the crowd. Fortunately for Dickens, John is {{badass}} enough to display above-average ability in marksmanship and combat, which was enough to convince the crowd to buy the stories. It does, however, come back to bite them later when Dickens attempts to repeat this in another community, and gets called out for his fraudulence.

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* John plays one of these (however unwillingly) early on in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' at one point for [[SnakeOilSalesman Dickens]], in a bid to [[MedicineShow sell his "medicinal" tonic]]. He gives incredibly-neutral responses to any questions that Dickens asks him, and even openly spits out the foul-tasting tonic when made to drink it in front of the crowd. Fortunately for Dickens, John is {{badass}} badass enough to display above-average ability in marksmanship and combat, which was enough to convince the crowd to buy the stories. It does, however, come back to bite them later when Dickens attempts to repeat this in another community, and gets called out for his fraudulence.
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