Questions tagged [sock-puppets]

A sock puppet is an extra account created in addition to the user's normal account and used for abusive purposes.

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Handling sock puppets farming rep via accepting answers, not upvoting

I've been keeping an eye on two accounts that are pretty obviously sock puppets, and are farming (small amounts of) rep off of each other. I believe they are sock puppets because: The accounts were ...
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How many votes on questions by sock puppets does it take to suspend his account? [duplicate]

If a sock puppet votes on a question or an answer, how many times can it do that before the account gets suspended or deleted?
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Would this two-account situation be appropriate? [closed]

Disclaimer: I know self-answers are encouraged. Take extra/illicit/morally reprehensible/dishonest rep gain out of the equation. This discussion will inform my actions on a similar online community. ...
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Bad moderators behavior - Account deleted without any reason [closed]

I was deleted from Italian SE, my username was DaniChi, now I see “user5372". I opened yet a ticket on May, 1st and my daughter (Marybnq) opened one too but for now, we had no response. My daughter’s ...
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Is this a bug for reputation on 'Top Answers' on my network page?

I was recently suspended on Stack Overflow for a sockpuppet account that I used to upvote my questions and answers. On my network profile, it shows my top answer as being worth 5 vote score, but on SO,...
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Should we retract badges in case of serial voting by multiple sock puppets? [duplicate]

As far as I know all badges being earned once will be never retracted, e.g. when votes are changed on vote dependent badge like “great answer” etc. But what if the badge was earned by serial voting of ...
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I came across a review item from my family member. What should I do?

I think this is somewhat a rare case. We are allowed to invite friends and family members to join an Area 51 proposal and contribute to the proposal. We can also share a link to Social media plat ...
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What is the meaning of sock puppetry on Stack Exchange?

I have seen the terms socking, sock puppet, sock puppeting, sock puppetry flying around in different questions here, but what do they actually mean? I know what a sock puppet is in the real world is a ...
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When deleting a sock could the accepted flag set by the sock be removed?

Let's say I have user A with a sock puppet, B. B asks a question, A answers (somewhat poorly) but get accepted by B. Then a diamond moderator comes along and verifies that B is a sock puppet and ...
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Is sock puppetry really that hard to handle?

I, like many other new users, struggle to get enough reputation do contribute in a way that fits us, like upvoting and providing helpful comments (one example here). One argument for the limits is ...
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Why the name Eggs McLaren?

As you might know, this puppet account asked the first non-deleted question on Stack Overflow and is present on other SE sites as well. I'm just curious what does the name mean and why that name was ...
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Troll usurps opponent's user name – What to do? [duplicate]

A well-known crank, let's call him "Wolfgang", uses ten different sock-puppets to dump his pseudo-scientific nonsense into several Stack Exchange sites. Every time another user, let's call him "Uwe", ...
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Sock-puppeting and multiple accounts [duplicate]

There's a probability I've made a mistake as Stack Exchange moderator, and I just want to understand if it is indeed the case. So I've noticed that a particular user keeps posting quite low-...
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Avoid being banned when introducing others to SE

In order to get my girlfriend to join Stack Exchange, I sometimes write questions using her account and upvote these question with my own account. I'm not doing this because she is my girlfriend and ...
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What to do about harassment? [duplicate]

This morning I happened to disagree with some newbie user on the best way to resolve a question. He suggested that it is absolutely the best way to directly access a static field in another class; ...
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Why am I merged with a totally different user?

My account (JM97-https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/users/23944/jm97) has been merged with another user (previously named "moderator") on the suspicion that the latter was my sock puppet, but this is ...
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Suspicious activity in the Area 51 proposal for Roblox

It is interesting to notice that a similar suspicious activity for the same proposal has already been reported in 2013 Yet, it has started again. It is the Roblox proposal again. It has surprisingly ...
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How can I flag illegal reputation farming?

How can I flag a person who is trying to earn dummy reputation? Today I have seen 2 people who are doing something along the lines of this: One is asking and the other is answering and vice versa. ...
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Is it appropriate for a mod to use sockpuppets? [duplicate]

Yesterday in a SE site there was an answer claiming that the accepted and upvoted answer was blatantly wrong and there was a gross mistake. The poster revealed that the accepted answer was by a ...
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Can't you hack the upvote system in overflow?

I just noticed something from the Mathematical Community. I had a question with 2 downvotes, (and I had 1 reputation before), making me still have 1 reputation. Then, for some reason, this random ...
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Can team members vote for my posts? [duplicate]

The situation is as follows: there are 6 people in the team, we work together and come up to an answer/question. They all have legit profiles - they are not sock puppets. However, sometimes we do ...
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Should I let someone I know login to Stack Exchange from my machine?

So there's this girl I know. She's kind and funny and sweet and basically kinda awesome, and as we've gotten to know each other better, my participation in Stack Exchange has come up as a topic of ...
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I'm 99% certain there's some sockpuppet activity on a site, mods are unable to detect it, is there a higher level of escalation?

I don't want to go into any detail whatsoever on here, I just want to know the procedure for contacting an SE employee to discuss this further. Who would be the appropriate person to contact, having ...
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Require a minimum rep to edit

Currently, there is no minimum rep required to edit a post, although low-rep user's edits become "suggested" edits and need to be approved to take effect. However, such approved edits generate 2 rep ...
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Allow moderators to define reputation-limiting relationships between users who consistently display targeted voting

On Ask Ubuntu we've got a bunch of users who we believe to be friends at school together. They ask questions for each other to answer They vote for each other (and recently also against each other) ...
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You answer my question, I answer yours [duplicate]

Recently while visiting a question, I saw two users on Stack Overflow and found uncanny activity. So I visited their profile and saw that these users might be committing vote fraud. One user is ...
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What do to with ultra-sophisticated voting ring?

EDIT 3 Added a picture as a "proof" of what's going on (which may help other users catch such "advanced" voting rings): In a twisted and weird way, now that my question has gotten 20+ upvotes here on ...
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Active bounties allow sock puppet gold to be hoarded

Background As a result of another meta question highlighting suspicions of sockpuppety one user was recently suspended and another 2 were deleted. However, 3 hours before this happened (possibly ...
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Suspicious accounts copying my bounty answer

I've just had quite unpleasant experience with this question: How can I highlight elements that match a regex in CKeditor? First there was a guy who plainly copied/pasted my answer and got 2 instant ...
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Can SE codify or clarify sockpuppeteering in the Terms and Conditions and rules?

So as a moderator on Ask Ubuntu yesterday, I found a sockpuppet account and nuked it from orbit. I then suspended the puppeteer account through the standard moderator messages interface. Usually when ...
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I have a sockpuppet. Please delete/merge it [duplicate]

I have to say that, I made another account and upvoted this account twice (I don't remember if I did it three times). One was to get out of the ban and the other was to get the association bonus. But ...
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Getting a vote up by someone on the same network considered “a sock puppet”?

I am an intern at a company where a colleague knows my Stack Overflow account and he just upvoted a question of mine. I was wondering whether this is considered a "sock puppet". I told him not to ...
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Where is the “correct” location to store my Sock Puppet (hat)? [closed]

I recently obtained Socky and I have no idea what to do with him! He is is so rambunctious and volatile... He complains that he wants to be placed on my head... but that is just wrong, so wrong, ...
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Is there a way to safely sock puppet a banned account?

I'd like to look into the user experience of being question/answer banned for a bit, but I'd like to do so without jeopardizing the standing of my main account. Knitting some socks for this is risky, ...
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How to report a potential rep-farming sock-puppet? [duplicate]

I've just found a pair of users, one who only asks questions, one who only answers. Both are low rep new users, and almost all the askers questions have accepted answers by the answerer. The answers ...
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Suspecting Sock Puppets - what now?

I stumbled over the following which made me a bit puzzled: A user (quite low rep) asked a question whose solution appeared immediately tricky, but unfortunately it was quite unclear, ambiguous and ...
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Is there a feasible way to invite flatmate to Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

I rent a room, I don't need a whole apartment for myself and I prefer to save some money to party ;) Same with internet connection, we are rarely at home at the same times, so no need to pay separate ...
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Can I use one account to up-vote an answer from another of my accounts?

Like many SE users, I have multiple accounts. I am wondering if I am allowed to write an answer with one, and vote for it with another? I suspect the answer is no, but not being one to pass on rep, I ...
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A mod-only section of the help center

Most moderator tools and policies are public, and should be discussed in public for the sake of transparency. But there are a few aspect that cannot be discussed in public, this concerns mostly the ...
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Sock puppet edit? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Curiosity fell over the cliff (aka what happened here??)

Once upon a time there was a user named Curiosity. That user got fair share of questions with what appears to be fair upvotes: Examples: one, two, three Then came this question where a user ...
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Sock-puppet attack on GameDev Stack Exchange - Exploits!

We've been having a sock-puppet attack on the GameDev Stack Exchange site over the last few days. I am not fully aware of the details but there seem to be two exploits being used: First - the ...
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Potential sockpuppets of a troll that don't seem to be trolling themselves. What should I do?

Background There is a known troll (Python Newbie aka Python Questions) who, along with his various sockpuppets, is very easy to identify, because: He always asks questions along the lines of "How do ...
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Could we have two types of account deletion?

Relevant TL thread: http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/9390241#9390241 Related dupe: Delete softly when using the big stick. You may want to read that first, Andrew's given a much ...
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Suspicious voting + answering duo

There is some pretty bizarre voting going on over on this question. Normally, I'd just leave it alone, but there are a few things that are really weird about this case: this answer [10k only] is ...
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Something weird going on with this question

I was browsing the New answers to Old Questions 10k queue, and came across an odd, new answer, so I went to the question: Wake app at regular intervals while using UIBackgroundModes=location While ...
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Encouraging usage of SO within a large company - potential problems [duplicate]

A reference question: Using SO as a interoffice tool I'm exactly in the situation as the author of the question cited above. I work for a large sw company and I've been thinking of encouraging fellow ...
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Gaming the system? Or am I just paranoid

I had answered this question 2 days ago. The user had accepted the solution to my question. Today, he unaccepted it, and has marked a new answer (posted recently), which has some of the same wording ...
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“HangBot” editing questions and answers

During reviewing, I came across multiple suggested edits by an account named "HangBot" *. A low reputation (13 at the time) made me curious, since first-timers don't usually rush into editing posts ...
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What to do when a poster admits they are using a second account

In this question, the user admits to be using a newly create account because SO has somehow locked me out of my account and I apparently can't post images with this new one What's the best ...