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Strange thing occurred to me right now, please have a look at this question:

flash components and resizing

A user posted a comment after my answer. By his comment it looks like he is the author of the original question, but the user name is different.

Does he have a double account?

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Do you smell that? Smells like used socks... –  Time Traveling Bobby Mar 1 '12 at 14:15
    
@Bobby what do you mean? –  vulkanino Mar 1 '12 at 14:17
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A sock puppet is a user that has more than one account. He can use that account to circumvent blocks and to vote for himself/herself...etc... all-in-all bad behavior and a bad idea. You should flag the original post for moderator attention and explain the issue in the flag. –  Lix Mar 1 '12 at 14:19
    
ok, is there a simple way to compare the two user's activity to see if one is voting and/or accepting other's aswers? this could be a nice feature in SE, compare two or more user activities (if not already done under the hoods). –  vulkanino Mar 1 '12 at 14:23
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No, no-one can see who has voted for what and for who - the moderators can take care of this for us. With a couple of flags on the post it should be dealt with swiftly and professionally by our very capable diamond mods. –  Lix Mar 1 '12 at 14:24
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Looks like they screwed up and forgot which one they were logged in as. :) –  CoffeeRain Mar 1 '12 at 14:28
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@CoffeeRain: identity crisis, that's how it is called :) –  vulkanino Mar 1 '12 at 14:30

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So far, I've identified the following users as either socks or part of a votering:

http://stackoverflow.com/users/1126160/user1126160
http://stackoverflow.com/users/900754/micro
http://stackoverflow.com/users/993437/mercy
http://stackoverflow.com/users/1164579/user1164579
http://stackoverflow.com/users/988905/leema-rose
http://stackoverflow.com/users/996753/priya

They all share the same IP, in Chennai. The IP is notable for the fact that it has seen 13 different users named Anny with <= 6 rep.

I'd say mercy has gained the most benefit from all of these users.

According to Nick Craver, there is action on the dev side for tracking and punishing suspected puppeteers.

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do you have special powers!? –  vulkanino Mar 1 '12 at 14:54
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@vulkanino: I have the power of awesomeness and handsomitude. Yes. –  Won't Mar 1 '12 at 14:56
    
So what you are saying is that you suspect it too but don't want to act on it because of uncertainty? –  Lix Mar 1 '12 at 15:08
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@Lix - we're not banning sock puppets at the moment, we're letting them do as they please so we have as many test cases as possible for some mod tools we're working on. They'll be taken care of when we're done using them, I promise. –  Nick Craver Mar 1 '12 at 15:17
    
@Nick - thanks for that clarification. Its splendid that so much information about features that are in the works are open for the community to learn about and discuss. Suspend ALL the sock pups! –  Lix Mar 1 '12 at 15:21
    
@Nick Craver: Oops. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Mar 1 '12 at 15:24
    
Unrelated to anything, there's a new open spot on the moderator team! –  JNK Mar 1 '12 at 19:01
    
@JNK: Huh? I don't get it. –  Won't Mar 1 '12 at 19:25
    
@Won't - there is 1 less unicorn now that SOMEONE broke up a sockpuppet ring before a Valued Associate could data mine and test. –  JNK Mar 1 '12 at 19:43
    
@JNK: Oh, gotcha. Well, I guess its unicorn stew for dinner tonight. –  Won't Mar 1 '12 at 19:45

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