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I just rejected this suggested edit from a user that seemed to be a sock puppet... although both accounts have 1 rep and were created 4 days apart, it just felt awkward to see the two user names involved.

That said, I would have rejected it anyway, just thought I'd slip a word about that user here; so far it doesn't seem to be doing anything bad, but the pieces are in place:

Master of Puppets

The suggested edit might have been "accidental", but if it had been approved, that would have been an illicit +2 already... but I don't know if there's another puppet at play (these two haven't actually done anything except posting 1 answer each; the suggested edit seems to be the first "cross-puppet" interaction), so I'd think the best thing to do is just to report it here?

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marked as duplicate by retailcoder, hims056, Aziz Shaikh, Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt, ben is uǝq backwards Sep 3 '13 at 7:36

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Just saw this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/71700/… - "let it be" I guess? –  retailcoder Sep 3 '13 at 2:35
    
Well, those users are now merged into one. Well done! ;) –  Shadow Wizard Sep 3 '13 at 9:14
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With identical gravitars and names they may be unintentional socks (or did that situation not obtain earlier?). A comment pointing the user at the help center page about account management (and merging in particular) might be in order. –  dmckee Sep 4 '13 at 4:10
    
They were JohnDoe and DoeJohn; you're seeing the post-merge result :) –  retailcoder Sep 4 '13 at 10:42

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What's the problem? A poor edit should be rejected regardless of whether it was a sock puppet or a 200K user - so you did the right thing.

Having a sock puppet is also okay provided it isn't used to prop up another account. It's likely that this particular instance isn't a sock puppet, it's probably just a user who lost his login info from the first time he registered so he made another account (they should be merged).

BTW that's a great album you illustrated - arguably Metallica's best work.

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Haha indeed! I think I hear "Master! Master!" every time I read "sock puppet" on MSO :) –  retailcoder Sep 3 '13 at 2:43
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I'm accepting this answer as it contains more information... although 200K users don't suggest edits... :) –  retailcoder Sep 3 '13 at 2:47

These accounts pretty obviously belong to the same person. And they're possibly trying to quietly inject links to a particular website into posts.

I'm going to merge them for now and then we'll see how it goes.

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Haven't clicked the link that was suggested, but the URL seemed legit though. Fair enough! –  retailcoder Sep 3 '13 at 2:41
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@retailcoder It may or may not be legit, but in combination with only tangentially-relevant answers and no disclosure, it looks a lot like blind promotion. –  Anna Lear Sep 3 '13 at 2:42

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