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Do you know any sockpuppets?

A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term—a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock—originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an internet community who spoke to, or about himself while pretending to be another person.[1] The term now includes other uses of misleading online identities, such as those created to praise, defend or support a third party or organization,[2] or to circumvent a suspension or ban from a website. A significant difference between the use of a pseudonym[3] and the creation of a sockpuppet is that the sockpuppet poses as an independent third-party unaffiliated with the puppeteer.

The term "sockpuppet" was used as early as July 9, 1993[4] but did not become common in USENET groups until 1996. The first Oxford English Dictionary example of the term, defined as "a person whose actions are controlled by another; a minion," is taken from U.S. News and World Report, March 27, 2000.[5]


Should CM have a specific policy covering sockpuppets?

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Asked by NotPanicking at 8:24 PM on Dec. 11, 2012 in About CafeMom

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  • On here? Yeah.

    I think people SHOULD change some details about their lives on forums like this, though. Throws the stalkers we have on here for a loop.

    Answer by FreeForAll at 8:26 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • Nope. Usually when I hear sockpuppet I think of these

    This is Kimmy


    Answer by KristiS11384 at 8:27 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • Kristi I wish you could have seen the look I gave my screen when I saw 'Kimmy'.

    Answer by FreeForAll at 8:29 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • OMG I was just imagining Sock Puppet Porn from The Man Show lol

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 8:31 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • Is this different than an alt? ( An alternative account ) in which case doesn't CM prohibit a member from having more than one account unless it's for group admin purposes?

    Answer by tessiedawg at 8:32 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • Is this different than an alt?

    All alts are sockpuppets, but not all sockpuppets are alts.

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 8:33 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • That makes sense. ;0)

    Answer by tessiedawg at 8:44 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • I love sock monkey's. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Bye.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:14 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • oh me oh my
    I think we have many sockpuppets on CM

    Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 9:58 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

  • I learn something new every day.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 10:07 PM on Dec. 11, 2012

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