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Old 05-13-2012, 04:49 PM
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How do moderators deal with sockpuppets

The rules state that people cannot create multiple accounts. How is that enforced? I am asking this question since there were flaming threads in the Zelda forums created by one person with multiple accounts.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:58 PM
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Re: How do moderators deal with sockpuppets

It usually involves a vat of hot tar and a lot of chickens.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:00 PM
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Re: How do moderators deal with sockpuppets

Banhammer. That is all.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:00 PM
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Re: How do moderators deal with sockpuppets

"Officially", it's dealt with strict punishment, and as far as I'm aware it's an IP ban(to stop more accounts) or a ban

However, I'm pretty certain that more than one veteran member has on more than one occasion used a second account for comedic purposes.

In the case you're describing, flaming, I'd assume that it's result with a swift insta-ban
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:07 PM
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Re: How do moderators deal with sockpuppets

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"Officially", it's dealt with strict punishment, and as far as I'm aware it's an IP ban(to stop more accounts) or a ban

However, I'm pretty certain that more than one veteran member has on more than one occasion used a second account for comedic purposes.

In the case you're describing, flaming, I'd assume that it's result with a swift insta-ban
What if the sockpuppeter decides to hop between IP addresses?
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:11 PM
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I can only assume that they wouldn't do that? there's not a huge amount you can do to stop them from going to a separate IP.

though, it's not as easy as you might think to just get another IP. Proxies are the only convenient option I can think of, while other houses and internets are available I doubt people will let you go into their house just to troll some internet forum
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:13 PM
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I can only assume that they wouldn't do that? there's not a huge amount you can do to stop them from going to a separate IP.

though, it's not as easy as you might think to just get another IP. Proxies are the only convenient option I can think of, while other houses and internets are available I doubt people will let you go into their house just to troll some internet forum
It is easier than you think. One way to do this is to log on to many different public computers, as well as logging on to many different Wi-Fi hotspots with a laptop. Captain America, even with those, it would not be worth going to many different places just to troll a single forum, unless the sockpuppeter is persistent.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:31 PM
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Re: How do moderators deal with sockpuppets

I'm lenient with alt accounts depending on certain things, for example "The Like Button" and "The ZU Server" or even "Honky Magoo" are all alt accounts we're aware of, but they were created for a bit of fun and didn't do anything out of the ordinary or trollish, so I'm fine with those. It's def. not something I encourage, but it's not something that I run around chasing people for.

I have, though, instabanned alt accounts and people behind it when alts are used to be malicious/troll/flame/post explicit material. Under those circumstances, I will be swift and harsh in dealing out punishment.

IP addresses we can't help if people share an IP address. In that case I ban the account and leave the IP because of the other member. Like, one time Calliope had a match with a Keesomething lol because they go to the same university, and my good ol' pal Kee was in trouble for some trollish antics but obv can't IP ban since Calli had the same IP. Why, this morning there was a similar incident in staff.

But yeah, we can't help IP matches like that. In those cases, we ban and leave it at that. In most cases, the troll is a one-off though if they come back, they usually get bored after two or three tries.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:12 AM
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Re: How do moderators deal with sockpuppets

Clearly, the mods in this thread are lying. As the rules say, sockpuppeting and having multiple accounts is an offensive deemed bad enough that the punishment is instabanning, so there's no way you'll ever see accounts from even four days ago, let alone four years ago. Nope. Not a chance.

And in completely unrelated news, there's some guy parading around with an avatar depicting a likeness of my esteemed self, Grand Duke Snuggleburg. I think this fits under "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery", don't you think?
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:28 AM
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Re: How do moderators deal with sockpuppets

We know your view on sock puppets, but what about raccoon puppets.






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