posted on Dec, 12 2005 @ 02:30 PM
In a recent thread a member called someone a "Sock Puppet", and thankfully, someone defined the term a few posts later.
And I looked it up:
An Internet sock puppet is an additional account created by an existing member of an Internet community. This account allows them to pose as a
completely different user, sometimes to manufacture the illusion of support in a vote or argument. Other reasons include a desire to support or vote
on an issue coupled with a desire to have one's "main" account stay away from the issue. This behaviour is sometimes seen as being dishonest by
online communities and as a result these individuals are often labeled as trolls.
Another type of sock puppet is sometimes referred to as a “straw man sock puppet.” They are created by users with one point of view, but
act as though they have an opposing point of view, in order to make that point of view look bad. They will often make poor arguments which their
“opponents” can then easily refute. This can allow them to essentially make straw man arguments. Such sock puppets thus become a personification
of the straw man argument which their creators argue against. They often act unintelligent or uninformed, and may behave in an overtly bigoted manner.
The effect is often to obfuscate the debate and prevent a serious discussion of the arguments from each side. Suspicion of such sock puppets is often
harder to verify though, as there are often people who naturally behave in such a manner with the same effects.
I have a few questions on this topic:
1. Is this a common practice???
2. Is this a forbidden practice on ATS boards???
3. Does ATS check for duplicated internet addresses???
(we have two accounts that use the same computers)
4. How do we know if we're talking to a sock puppet or straw man???
The whole topic makes me wonder who is who???????
If you need to argue with yourself on a discussion board, that's no discussion at all.
It's more like masterbation.
(Not that there's anything wrong with that)
Do Mods have "sock puppets" that they use to keep a thread running???????
Just curious about the policy on this....................