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On Workplace.SE, we have come across an interesting user, who seemed to have had a roller coaster ride in his first week at work. Quoting JackArbiter's comment on this user from the chat:
This guy asks a question 7 days ago where he "just got" the job. 4 days ago where he works with over 100 devs. Then 2 days ago he works with just over 50 devs, and he's been working there for a while and he wants to defend a junior dev. He gets called out for BS and he states that this account (which is 8 days old) is used by multiple people.
This is the comment he is referring to:
This account is used by more than one person hence the different scenarios
In other words, this case seems to be the inverse of a sock puppet (puppet sock?). Let us, for a moment, assume that he is stating the truth. Is there any SE policy against use of the same account by multiple people?
Personally I feel that this should not be allowed as:
- Creating a user account is free and easy, no reason why people cannot use their own accounts.
- It is not at all necessary to share your real name, so there is very little fear of your online post biting you in real life (unless you make it really obvious). You can even ask questions without registration.
- Most importantly, reputation is tied to privileges. People "pooling" reputation undermines this principle. Since the reputation has been gained by multiple people, we cannot really be sure if the person currently using the account knows the site well enough to use those privileges.
However, I could not find any policy explicitly barring such practice, so we cannot "punish" the user in any way if they have not really violated anything.