9

I have this habit of searching Jon Skeet and checking his reputation(inspires me). But when I searched it today, I found two Jon Skeet's as :

enter image description here

Hoping Jon Skeet doesn't have two accounts. :)

Hoping Not Jon Skeet's profile (EDIT: a moderator has reset the offending user's name and image, so they no longer show up as pictured above)

So this user is using name of famous Jon Skeet and using his picture too.

What should be done to these accounts? Can they be reported directly or is this OK to use name and picture of anybody?

10
  • We can only know it's not fake if a mod does an IP xref on them.
    – Undo
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:35
  • 5
    Using either the name or the image (assuming public licence etc) would be fine. Using both is impersonating someone and isn't Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:36
  • 1
    And related: Jon Skeet impersonators running rampant? Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:39
  • 3
    @RichardTingle actually if the profile picture is your real life picture, and is being used by someone else it's not legit. So this alone justify flagging, mod should reset it and suspend the offender if he won't stop. Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:40
  • @ShadowWizard it is highly unlikely that such an image is public domain I agree Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:41
  • 5
    The real Jon Skeet would never ask such crappy question, so this is 100% impersonation. Flagged one the user's posts, hope to see the name and picture being reset soon. Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:44
  • 5
    The fact that you do this regularly is creepy. Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:47
  • It also seems unlikely the real skeet would steal the answers to that question to answer a duplicate of that question Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:48
  • 3
    I do a lot of other creepy stuffs too. Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:49
  • 2
    For the record, I have reset that user's name and image, and am otherwise taking appropriate action. Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 19:07

1 Answer 1

7

Looks like a no-no to me.

From the Terms of Service

Subscriber may not (a) select or use as a profile name a name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; or (b) use as a profile name a name subject to any rights of a person other than Subscriber without appropriate authorization.

5
  • Claus (b) really needs some clarification Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 18:42
  • 6
    I may or may not have copied-and-pasted the markdown of your quote above in a message I may or may not have sent to some user who may or may not have violated a certain of the Terms of Service. ;) Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 19:14
  • @RichardTingle: It means "don't impersonate anyone else." Except that it's probably legalese.
    – user102937
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 20:45
  • So our old "Bill Gates" and "Steve Jobs" accounts should have been dinged as well?
    – ale
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 20:46
  • @RobertHarvey but thats what claus (a) says as well Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 21:39

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .