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Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:01 PM

Will certain members of DU ever run out of sockpuppets?...

Sometimes, when a DI member takes a dirt nap, temporary or permanent, you can tell that that same member is back in action under a new name by his/her dogged, near-psychotic interest in a single subject and in manner of speech. Sometimes another member with years of familiarity will "out" the sock.

It seems that some members who were banned on DU took a "parting gift" of spare identities, perhaps to use there, or to use here. One indicator of this is to note in a member's profile that he/she arrived in DI on or a week or so after May 13th of this year, the very start of this site. A while back, one such member received a dirt nap here, and a brand-new member showed up, similar MO with just a few posts... and a join date of May 2014! 😁

So, how can someone make such preparation, storing up spare identities, expecting to be banned, and still WANT to return to a site, ANY site where they anticipate they'll make their self unwelcome? And is there no mechanism for limiting the generation of sockpuppets?

On a personal note, after my first handful of posts here, I received a reply that suggested I was a "sock." I had to hit Urban Dictionary to see what that meant! I don't know who they thought I resembled, th ' poor schmuck...

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Reply Will certain members of DU ever run out of sockpuppets?... (Original post)
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 OP
Shredded Hedly Dec 2014 #1
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 #3
Shredded Hedly Dec 2014 #12
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 #16
Frederick55 Dec 2014 #2
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 #4
Qukid Dec 2014 #5
MediterraneanMadMan Dec 2014 #8
Dexter Morgan Dec 2014 #6
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 #11
Dexter Morgan Dec 2014 #13
Name removed Dec 2014 #7
Qukid Dec 2014 #9
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 #14
Qukid Dec 2014 #17
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 #21
Qukid Dec 2014 #23
UnicornWhisperer Dec 2014 #10
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 #15
Crazy D Dec 2014 #22
Qukid Dec 2014 #25
Crazy D Dec 2014 #26
akaConcernedCanuk Dec 2014 #18
Gamle-ged Dec 2014 #24
quinnoxfromdu Dec 2014 #19
Slayer Dec 2014 #20

Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:09 PM

1. if youre really taking notice

Then you will clearly see that the vast majority of reincarnated sock puppets at DI are conservative.

Why do you suppose that is?

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Response to Shredded Hedly (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:15 PM

3. Based on your status, "Member since: Fri May 23, 2014" perhaps you could tell me?...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:58 PM

12. i asked first

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Response to Shredded Hedly (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 03:14 PM

16. Yes, yes you did!... ☺

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:09 PM

2. You are correct.

 

I know what you are saying is true for at least one liberal poster who gets banned somewhat regularly. It's pretty obvious to anyone who posts here regularly.

Yes, they must have registered sock puppets a long time ago in anticipation of being banned. That is the only explanation.


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Response to Frederick55 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:20 PM

4. I guess tweaking the collective noses of liberal-and-insular DU would be a reason to return...

...there after being banned, but DI is far more balanced (FAIR and balanced, some might say ☺)...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:27 PM

5. Break out the scale and the DUckies.

We got us a witch hunt.

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Response to Qukid (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:36 PM

8. Ha ha

 

Will there be trials too?

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:29 PM

6. Heads up your post got alerted on,i guess the sock puppets are upset....and the results are in.LOL

Will certain members of DU ever run out of sockpuppets?...
http://www.discussionist.com/1015312728

REASON FOR ALERT

This post is uncivil, off-topic, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.

ALERTER'S COMMENTS

First, this is off-topic because it sure isn't politics.
More importantly, it's a shit-stirring witch hunt. If he suspects someone of being a sock, he should alert and let the system work as designed. This looks like the self anointed cool kids deciding who to bully.
Lazarus Long tried this crap. His post was rightfully hidden, and that started his melt-down that resulted in a three month time out.

You served on a randomly-selected Jury of Discussionist members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Tue Dec 23, 2014, 01:30 PM, and the Jury voted 1-6 to LEAVE IT.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No issues with this post/question.
Juror #2 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: It's not politics but he's not calling anyone out SPECIFICALLY leave it
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: I guess the sock puppets are pissed.....
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #7 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given

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Response to Dexter Morgan (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:53 PM

11. OMG, my very first alert! 😁... and DU is nothing if not political. "Shit stirring" and..

..."self-anointed cool kids" ... seems like I'm stepping on toesies without intending to, do I need witness protection?...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 03:02 PM

13. Omg you lost your cherry..I get alerted on at least 2 or 3 times a week...

Wear it as a badge of honor...

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Response to Name removed (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:40 PM

9. Gee Ward, you sure were hard on The Beaver.

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Response to Name removed (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 03:05 PM

14. Back in 2006 and a mention of "statute of limitations" in a post?! Sheeze!... 😨

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Response to Qukid (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 06:33 PM

21. "Revoked by Admin." THAT was unexpected. I'd not seen admin taking on-hand action here before...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #21)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 06:39 PM

23. They are the only ones who revoke

We don't have anything like mirt here.

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:45 PM

10. What possible technical methods could be implemented to prevent "sock" accounts?

Simply basing it upon IP addresses is ineffective. There are other things that can be used to try to 'catch' such accounts, but those too are fairly ineffective with little return on investment.

There is the idea of group of people who work to identify and eliminate accounts. I believe that's the MIRT does on DU. But I don't see how such a group would change much, as the jury system tends to do the same thing. It might work slightly slower, but even with a MIRT-type system, the socks would still get to post a few times before they are outed.

There is also the idea of making it so that a user has every to identify themselves as a real person before they can post. I mean, like they have to make a video or something that gets approved. That isn't something everyone would be willing to do though, and it would greatly impact the number of users on the site.

I think the way the jury system is best method.

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Response to UnicornWhisperer (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 03:08 PM

15. I like the jury system as implemented here (I REALLY like it now!😁), but I was wondering if there...

...were a feasible method of sockpuppetry reduction. So, maybe not...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 06:35 PM

22. ISP blocking would work on most home/work computers networks

Smart phones maybe not. I'm guessing this style forum has some type of ISP blocking software if that many people have been banned from DU and not created socks there.

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Response to Crazy D (Reply #22)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 06:45 PM

25. You mean IP (Internet Protocol) address

or ISP (Internet service provider)? I don't think they're going to block AT&T or Verizon.

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Response to Qukid (Reply #25)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 07:45 PM

26. Your right, IP addys

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 05:52 PM

18. - I was banned from DU and I joined DI May 13th

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so what?

CC

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 06:40 PM

24. And nothing, you have lots of posts and original May handle, "righteous dude" ...

Well, not THAT handle, of course. ..

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 05:57 PM

19. The HoF group on Du is infamous for using multiple sock accounts

You know all those gang attacks they do, about half of those posts backing them up, saying things like - "You nailed it, yea!" and "Great response, they are clearly a misogynist!" and so on are probably socks.

The most prolific HoF-ers probably have at least 3, to half a dozen sock accounts, each.

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Response to quinnoxfromdu (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 06:21 PM

20. Not too mention they seem to

 

(At one time anyway) had di running in the background. Based on some hides I saw early on. Not so much now it seems, although, I saw them tag someone a couple weeks ago. Wasn't even close to being hide worthy.

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