Sock puppets

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by D H, May 27, 2008.

  1. D H Some other guy Valued Senior Member

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    Any rules against sock puppets here? (It is dang hard to find the rules here, period.)

    If so, I will PM a moderator regarding one. If not, I will keep my mouth shut.
     
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  3. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    There are sock puppets already here so what does that tell you?:shrug:
     
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  5. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    Ask Enmos
    He's got about twenty of them.
     
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  7. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    It depends largely on intent - how they are used.

    In general, they are discouraged.

    When used to evade a ban, our usual practice is to ban both the sock puppet and the original identity, permanently.
     
  8. Roman Banned Banned

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    Why did I get banned for using a sock puppet, then?
     
  9. Creeptology Registered Member

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    how do you ascertain the use of a sock puppet? Many people have similar styles to another user especially on a big board. If it's by IP address then I have a LAN with 3 comps on (soon to be 4) and 3 people post from same IP address (2 created accounts from same connection).

    Do you take multiple factors into account when banning sock puppets?
     
  10. QuarkHead Remedial Math Student Valued Senior Member

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    My opinion is that, if any user is found, one way or another, to be using more than one user name, they should be banned. Example
    with reply
    . Otherwise it would be mayhem!
     
  11. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Actually I have got two that I never use. I bet you haven't ever even seen them post.

    I thought you were just joking when you said that in the other thread Kremmen, bit sad that you actually are that paranoid.. :shrug:
     
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  12. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    You're not banned.
     
  13. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    It's not just based upon IP. We could divulge our methods however doing so potentially means that certain people will look for a way around it.

    What I can say however is if multiple people are using the same IP there shouldn't be any problems with them posting as long as they don't make themselves a problem.

    The site TOS (Terms of Service, which currently is AWOL.) needs updating to explain that;
    I'm sure that in the very near future the TOS will be made publically available for all to see. As to whether the above will be in it, well that's up to the Admin.
     
  14. Sock Puppy I cAn haZ INfrakShun? Registered Senior Member

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    If I see a sock puppet, I'll be sure to report it.
     
  15. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    It is nice to have "secret" laws, so we can not know how to behave.

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    I am sure any court would throw out such an argument: we had a TOS but hidden.
     
  16. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    Well it's not so much we have a hidden TOS, but more like currently the site lacks one. This is a real problem as technically it doesn't leave much of a legal leg to stand on. (You have to note that TOS's really occur with large sites, while this one is now, it wasn't back in the days of it's infancy which is why it never had one.)

    Obviously the implementation of a TOS will have a public notification as with any other companies or sites that use TOS's. Any updates there on will also require a notification of change.
     
  17. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    How is that amusing?
     
  18. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    mmmmmh.......secret laws

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  19. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    You have two sock puppets that you never use?
    Well I have ten that I never use.
    In fact I don't use them so much that I haven't even registered them.
    Beat that.

    Have you ever seen
    Captain Pugwash
    Captain Kirk
    Captain Kaftan
    Captain Snot
    Captain Captain
    Captain Gorilla
    captain Gorilla II
    Captain Courageous
    Captain Kaleidoscope
    Captain Queeg

    No. Thought not.
     
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  20. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Then PM Stryder and ask him. Point him to this post if he is hesitant..
     
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  21. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    You left out Captain Slog.
     
  22. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    What are you on about?
    Why would I PM Stryder about sock puppets?
    I've got ten myself.
     
  23. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Apparently it's the only way you can be convinced that the entire member list isn't made up of my sock puppets.
    Unless you think Stryder is another one of my socks..

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