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I finally understood why Jon Skeet did a talk with a sock puppet. Now I read that a "sock puppet" is a term used for a fake user account set up to reinforce somebody's legitimate account...

... but why refer to ponies? Is there a stack overflow reference to ponies that I'm missing?

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Ponies are explained here:

The Many Memes of Meta

In fact, go ahead and read all those answers and many of the "jokes" will be explained.

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The reason for doing a talk with a sock puppet pony was simply because I was asked to. Obviously it was TheTXI who insisted it should be a pony.

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And, of course, +1 for getting in the "one-trick pony" line. I didn't know whether to laugh or groan, which resulted in something remarkably close to a pony's whinny... – alastairs Nov 11 '09 at 15:57

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