Re: No Time to Read

Subject: Re: No Time to Read
From: "Bill Swallow" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 02:03:03 -0400

I admit, I had to look up the definition for "sockpuppetry"...

It certainly fits here.

<wikipedia quote>
A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception
within an Internet community. In its earliest usage, a sockpuppet was
a false identity through which a member of an Internet community
speaks while pretending not to, like a puppeteer manipulating a hand

In current usage, the term has been extended beyond second identities
of people who already post in a forum to include other uses of
misleading online identities. For example, a recent NY Times article
defines "sock-puppeting" 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 is the
conveyance that the puppet is a third party who is not affiliated with
the puppeteer.

This is also similar to astroturfing...

I don't understand the need to behave in this manner.


On 8/11/07, Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Particularly when passing off that second identity as some kind of
> definitive authority on ones pet cause. To me, this seems as
> intellectually dishonest as plagiarism even though it is the opposite
> side of the honesty coin (passing off one's own ideas as someone
> else's rather than passing off someone else's ideas as one's own).

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