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 Post subject: About sock puppets (one person with many accounts)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:34 am 
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Sock Puppets are extra accounts used by one person.

So far there are less than 5 users on our forum who do this but we wanted to make the rules clear:

1) It is happening. We can see the IP of posts and in certain countries (US, Canada, Germany, etc..) the IP corresponds to a modem MAC Address so if two different users post on the same IP and live on those countries they either share the same house or are the same user using two accounts

2) We don't care if you use more than one account, as long as it is harmless.We discussed the issue among the mods and in principle we decided : If you think it is fun to upvote your own posts or two have lively conversations with yourself or to roleplay two or more people, it is your business

3) The caveat, is the sock puppeting has to be harmless. To pretend to be a hateful user harassing other users is not harmless. We won't tolerate harassing and will ban ALL your forum accounts. Another thing that is not harmless is to pretend you are a hateful user harassing your main account. That is not harmless, it is manipulative and makes everyone feel used. We might not ban your main account but will call you out IN PUBLIC the next time it happens.

4) Your sock puppeting will not be a secret. The sock puppeting can be fun for some people but can be weird to others. We will allow it but won't be part of the puppeteer's role play. You don't have to be part of it either. We won't deceive our forum members. Anyone that wants to know who is doing this can feel free to PM any of us Admin and mods. We will tell you who is doing it and the accounts they use.

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 Post subject: Re: About sock puppets (one person with many accounts)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:09 pm 
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One more clarification:

5) if you want a secondary account, put in your signature what your main is

Apologies if having to do your sock puppeting in the open spoils your role play but we are not a role playing forum. This will level the playing field for all, people will know who they are talking to. And it can still be fun, I've been on forums where sock puppeting is allowed and it can be hilarious for all members, as long as there is no deception involved.

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 Post subject: Re: About sock puppets (one person with many accounts)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:34 pm 
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One example that is unacceptable is using your alt accounts to "upvote" yourself regarding troubleshooting and support.
Posting a problem with your main account then logging with your alt to reply "yeah I'm having this issue too" is completely unfair to all other users. You're trying to give an advantage to yourself by making it seem like this particular bug affects more people than it really does.

Same goes with any discussion, debate or argument. If you use your alt to back yourself up in order to "win" or give strength to your argument we will not tolerate that as well.

Sock puppeting has to be transparent. As Ren said, you shouldn't do it in order to deceive people.

Thank you all for your cooperation.

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 Post subject: Re: About sock puppets (one person with many accounts)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:15 pm 
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I'll weigh in as well.

Essentially, unless you're pretending to be Solas, you have no business having multiple forum accounts here.
Having spoof/sockpuppet accounts and using them other than for roleplaying purposes I'd classify as hishonest, manipulative and downright disrespectful of other users.
You don't have to be 'hateful' for this to be a thing that is simply unacceptable, as the motivator outside of roleplaying can only be to benefit yourself some way while conciously deceiving others.

As this hadn't been added yet, the consequences for being caught, retroactively:

  • You will be issued a warning and your spoof/sockpuppet accounts will either be disabled on the spot, or
  • you will be forced to add a signature that reveals your 'main' persona on those accounts. Should you be asked to add a signature and do not comply, we will disable your spoof/sockpuppet accounts.
  • If you are part of the moderation or admin group, we might revoke your rights and return you to the regular user group.
  • We might delete posts you've made using said spoof/sockpuppet accounts.
  • We might issue out a ban.
The above stated will be decided upon on a case by case basis depending on how you chose to use your spoof/sockpuppet accounts.
  • Any future occurance warranting moderator action will result in a permanent ban.

I trust this is clear to everyone.


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 Post subject: Re: About sock puppets (one person with many accounts)
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Ottemis wrote:
I'll weigh in as well.

Essentially, unless you're pretending to be Solas, you have no business having multiple forum accounts here.
Having spoof/sockpuppet accounts and using them other than for roleplaying purposes I'd classify as hishonest, manipulative and downright disrespectful of other users.
You don't have to be 'hateful' for this to be a thing that is simply unacceptable, as the motivator outside of roleplaying can only be to benefit yourself some way while conciously deceiving others.

As this hadn't been added yet, the consequences for being caught, retroactively:

  • You will be issued a warning and your spoof/sockpuppet accounts will either be disabled on the spot, or
  • you will be forced to add a signature that reveals your 'main' persona on those accounts. Should you be asked to add a signature and do not comply, we will disable your spoof/sockpuppet accounts.
  • If you are part of the moderation or admin group, we might revoke your rights and return you to the regular user group.
  • We might delete posts you've made using said spoof/sockpuppet accounts.
  • We might issue out a ban.
The above stated will be decided upon on a case by case basis depending on how you chose to use your spoof/sockpuppet accounts.
  • Any future occurance warranting moderator action will result in a permanent ban.

I trust this is clear to everyone.



This makes sense :)


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