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How Many Sock Puppets Are There on a2k?

 
 
Reply Sun 11 Jul, 2010 08:54 pm
If you have a day with nothing to do, try monitoring a thread for a few hours. You will see the votes for that thread go up and down. Not as dramatically as on abuzz: the software will not allow it.
 
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jul, 2010 08:57 pm
@plainoldme,
You are right. This software tries to discard attempts to vote multiple times while Abuzz would let you vote as many times as you wanted and made no attempt to stop sock puppetry at all.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jul, 2010 09:01 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Although I am not able to program, I can recognize when the platform software is doing or not doing something.

There is a poster who has been demanding to know if I vote his posts down. Interestingly, I didn't read any threads on which he posts for several days because I was too busy. When I did return, his posts had rather "high" negative numbers. I had nothing to do with the voting!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jul, 2010 09:02 pm
@plainoldme,
I admit to a relatively boring life, but there... I will not go.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 05:16 am
@ossobuco,
If a person creates sock puppets in order to agree with himself, that person must be an adept liar . . . or a meticulous record keeper with the sock puppet's bio at his fingertips.

But a sock puppet or two created solely to vote for one's own posts is relatively easy to accomplish. Strange and obsessive, but easy to do.

personally, I don't have the time for that sort of nonsense.

However, when someone asks me more than once a month if I voted his post(s) down, and, if, I have a day when I check on my own posts more than once and I see the votes go up and down and know that only two people have posted, I do suspect that the worried poster has alter egos that were created to make him look better than he is.
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 05:24 am
@plainoldme,
theres another new term for me. Ive never heard the term sock puppet in this context before.
I oresume that a sock puppet is someone who is in love with his/her own posts , so he/she dons different identities to "vote/ respond favorably/ commend" his/her own thread material. Is that correct?

I always suspected that "Mathos"was such a being, conjured up by SPendi to promote discussion. Of course that was not the case because the wrong one is still here and MAthos left because (I believe) he grew tired of spendis inane comments.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 06:47 am
@farmerman,
Well, being in love with one's own posts is part of it. Why else would some folks be so hell bent on demonstrating they are right without ever giving concrete evidence.

Speaking of concrete evidence: the same people criticize me for posting the writing of others which I feel supports what I want to say and demonstrates that I am not alone in my beliefs AND for never "supporting" what I say! Cracks me up!
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 07:21 am
@plainoldme,
I've never heard the term before, so did a bit of Googling discover what it actually meant.
Got it!:

Quote:
A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception within an online community. In its earliest usage, a sockpuppet was a false identity through which a member of an Internet community speaks with or about himself or herself, pretending to be a different person,[1] like a ventriloquist manipulating a hand puppet.

In current usage, the perception of the term has been extended beyond second identities of people who already post in a forum or blog to include other uses of misleading online identities. For example, a New York Times article claims that "sockpuppeting" is defined as "the act of creating a fake online identity to praise, defend or create the illusion of support for one's self, allies or company."[2]

The key difference between a sockpuppet and a regular pseudonym (sometimes termed an "alt" which is short for alternate, as in alternate identity) is the pretense that the puppet is a third party who is not affiliated with the puppeteer or acting under their control for their benefit. ....


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sockpuppet_%28Internet%29
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 07:24 am
@msolga,
So BVT is an "alt" whereas Massagato and his several identities are "sock puppets".
Seems too cumbersome a word for such a dum thing. I think "meat puppet" would be far more descriptive and accurate.
msolga
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 07:29 am
@farmerman,
It seems a bit tragic to me.
Why would anyone bother? Confused
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GoshisDead
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 10:10 am
So were the first sock puppets pioneered by Plato, Keirkegaard, or Orson Scott Card? If I were to create another me to augement my already impressive net presence I think I would make it more of a panty hose dummy to look all bandit/burgarler like, it could be my fashion impaired bad boy side. My socks sort of smell bad anyway.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jul, 2010 08:09 pm
think of sock puppets . . . an extension of self!
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 03:27 am
@plainoldme,
But back to the original question:

How Many Sock Puppets Are There on a2k?

Hmmmm ....

I'm guessing 15?

Close, do you think?
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 03:29 am
@msolga,
(OK, I'll be honest now. I made that number up. I really have no idea at all. )
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Mame
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 04:36 am
I have no idea, either, or that anyone would bother Smile But I think JTT is HighSeas's sock puppet Smile
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 05:03 am
@GoshisDead,
GoshisDead wrote:

So were the first sock puppets pioneered by Plato, Keirkegaard, or Orson Scott Card? If I were to create another me to augement my already impressive net presence I think I would make it more of a panty hose dummy to look all bandit/burgarler like, it could be my fashion impaired bad boy side. My socks sort of smell bad anyway.


Shari Lewis?

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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 05:26 am
@Mame,
http://pagesperso-orange.fr/gismonda/pupsocks.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 07:43 pm
@farmerman,
I have no clue, don't get the appeal.



So, I suppose I'm a sock puppet victim.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 08:10 pm
@Francis,
That's a great cartoon!
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hingehead
 
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Reply Fri 15 Jul, 2011 12:20 am
I'd never heard this term until a facebook friend posted this
http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2011/07/poll_sock-puppeting-have-you-done-it.html so I searched forums to see if it had been mentioned before and this is the only thread that's ever mentioned it - the other thread has a sock puppetry tag that I assume some attached because they suspect some of it's happening (pretty innocuous thread though).
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