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Pretty straightforward question, but some of the mods I've asked have been unsure of the answer.

I know posting with a sockpuppet account does violate the rules of a site suspension, but what about anonymous posts?

If you log out of a network site you're suspended/banned from and post a question anonymously, is it considered 'ban dodging'? Obviously any rep generated from votes won't be linked to your account, but it's still not very clear whether or not this is a rule violation.

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How is this different from a sockpuppet? Anonymous user#### accounts are still technically accounts. –  Asad Feb 21 '13 at 18:50
    
@Asad That's exactly what I'd like to know. You can't gain rep from anonymous accounts, right? –  GnomeSlice Feb 21 '13 at 18:52
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As an aside: on Stack Overflow you cannot ask questions anonymously. On (all?) other sites you can. Do other sites even have automatic bans? –  Arjan Feb 21 '13 at 18:53
    
Physics has had problems with the past regarding users who use unregistered accounts to get past a suspension. We generally destroy (delete user and posts) these socks unless some of their posts have some worth. –  Manishearth Feb 24 '13 at 6:47

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You are circumventing the suspension, no matter if you are using an unregistered guest account or create a new registered one. I don't see how the type of account would make a difference. Unregistered accounts are not that much different from regular accounts.

So I would say that this certainly constitutes a circumvention of the suspension and would have the usual consequences (removal/merge/suspension of the new account and a longer suspension on the main account).

Disclaimer: I'm a moderator on Skeptics and Biology

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Just curious, since you're a moderator and might know: do those sites also have automatic post bans? –  Arjan Feb 21 '13 at 19:00
    
Automatic question bans are only on SO, SU, SF and Programmers, I think. Automatic answer bans are on all sites, but they are pretty hard to hit. –  Mad Scientist Feb 21 '13 at 19:01
    
I didn't realize 'bans' and 'suspensions' were different things. Presumably the 'rule' is the same in either situation? –  GnomeSlice Feb 24 '13 at 3:01

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