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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."
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
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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