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  •  I believe that they are handled case by case. (1+ / 0-)
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    It would not surprise me if there are a few one issue sock accounts out there which are maintained carefully to avoid causing problems IRL for posters whose real identity is known.

    The rule is deliberately vague on this point. Hunter had this to say in an excellent diary:

    Sockpuppeting. This refers loosely to the practice of having more than one account on the site, and using them both. Infrequently, one account is used to "defend" the arguments of the other, provide a fake voice of agreement. This is a dishonest practice, and is forbidden.

    Misrepresenting your identity.  It is perfectly acceptable to remain pseudonymous on the site, meaning that you wish to provide no personally identifying information about yourself. This is fine and accepted practice: many users may have reasons why they do not want their political opinions widely known in their workplace, for example. What is not acceptable, however, is lying about your identity. You may not pretend to be someone else, claim to be a race or gender or class or nationality you are not, lie about your military service, or background, or otherwise misrepresent yourself. You may refrain from talking about those aspects of your life, but you may not misrepresent them in an attempt to bolster your pseudonymous credibility or otherwise mislead other community members.



    by aoeu on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 09:40:40 AM PST

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