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 :

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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?

  • We can only know it's not fake if a mod does an IP xref on them. – Undo Feb 14 '14 at 18:35
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    Using either the name or the image (assuming public licence etc) would be fine. Using both is impersonating someone and isn't – Richard Tingle Feb 14 '14 at 18:36
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    And related: Jon Skeet impersonators running rampant? – Martijn Pieters Feb 14 '14 at 18:39
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    @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. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Feb 14 '14 at 18:40
  • @ShadowWizard it is highly unlikely that such an image is public domain I agree – Richard Tingle Feb 14 '14 at 18:41
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    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. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Feb 14 '14 at 18:44
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    The fact that you do this regularly is creepy. – Johnny Bones Feb 14 '14 at 18:47
  • It also seems unlikely the real skeet would steal the answers to that question to answer a duplicate of that question – Richard Tingle Feb 14 '14 at 18:48
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    I do a lot of other creepy stuffs too. – Batty Feb 14 '14 at 18:49
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    For the record, I have reset that user's name and image, and am otherwise taking appropriate action. – Andrew Barber Feb 14 '14 at 19:07

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.

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  • Claus (b) really needs some clarification – Richard Tingle Feb 14 '14 at 18:42
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    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. ;) – Andrew Barber Feb 14 '14 at 19:14
  • @RichardTingle: It means "don't impersonate anyone else." Except that it's probably legalese. – user102937 Feb 14 '14 at 20:45
  • So our old "Bill Gates" and "Steve Jobs" accounts should have been dinged as well? – ale Feb 14 '14 at 20:46
  • @RobertHarvey but thats what claus (a) says as well – Richard Tingle Feb 14 '14 at 21:39

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