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How does Stack Exchange know that two accounts belong to the same person?

Moderators do not disclose the methods and tools used for identifying sock puppet accounts.
Mithical's user avatar
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Is it okay to flag blatant spam using two accounts?

No. This is effectively giving yourself twice as many votes toward the post's deletion. It would be similarly against the rules to cast two close votes, two delete votes, etc. You can, however, ask ...
Ryan M's user avatar
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Can sock puppets be used to curate more content?

The rule of thumb is, as former Community Manager Shog9 says it: if the second account allows you to do something on the site that your normal account would be prevented from doing, it is abuse ...
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Is it okay to flag blatant spam using two accounts?

Personally, as much as I would prefer that blatant spam not be allowed to exist on any site any longer than it has to, I think we should not allow an exception for this type of post. Some reasons to ...
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May a diamond moderator utilize a second, non-diamond account e.g. to cast regular close votes?

@Shog9's advice to moderators is: When you see a post you think should be closed, close it. When you see a post you think should be re-opened, re-open it. If you're not sure, don't do either. ...
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Avoid being banned when introducing others to SE

In order to get my girlfriend join Stack Exchange, sometimes I write questions using her account and upvote these question with my own account. I feel this question is going the wrong way... I ...
Patrick Hofman's user avatar
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Bad moderators behavior - Account deleted without any reason

Based on the comment trail, your account was deleted because it was violating the rules surrounding voting, and your daughter's account was suspended because it was seen as the base account for ...
fbueckert's user avatar
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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 This isn't going to help her "join" Stack Exchange any more than you reading books for her will ...
Pollyanna's user avatar
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Do the top answerers have secondary accounts to post questions?

I'm mostly on another site than SO (I have about 5K on SO, about 180K on another site) but I think my answers will be relevant to what goes on there. I wonder why some of the top answerers (> 1000 ...
Glen_b's user avatar
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Why is my account suddenly merged with a totally different user's account?

Contact us through the "Contact" link at the bottom of the page and provide details. An employee will review what happened and respond as soon as possible.
Adam Lear's user avatar
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How can I get a fresh start?

Is there any way to get a nice, fresh start again as if I did not ever visit before? Yes. Wait out the rest of the suspension period -- use it, for example, to read plenty of other questions and ...
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For rule-following sock puppets, is there a "guaranteed" way to request they be merged into a puppeteer account?

In theory, you could simply use the contact link to request a merger. Since you manage the accounts in question, it would be simple to confirm these are yours. At some point though, you're basically ...
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When deleting as a sock don't move all accept votes to the Community user

When sockpuppet votes are explicitly removed, all cross-voting is removed including acceptances. (Acceptance is just another type of vote.) It would be logical, then for all cases of sockpuppet ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Is sock puppetry really that hard to handle?

Folks tend to fixate on the worst forms of abuse. And these restrictions do help reduce the occurrence of truly horrific forms of abuse... ...but far more important is that they also reduce the ...
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Do the top answerers have secondary accounts to post questions?

This is my subjective observation from answering Python questions for less than two years: About 90 percent of the questions coming in today are simply lack of efford or lack of knowledge resulting ...
Patrick Artner's user avatar
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Can you use the association bonus to post a bounty on one of your alt accounts' questions?

No, you can't. The golden rule of sockpuppet accounts is that they should never interact. In this case, you are using one account to place a bounty on your second account's question. This means added ...
Mithical's user avatar
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Is it allowed to start a bounty for your unanswered question using an alt account?

No, this should not be allowed. You and your sock-puppet would be able to keep the question bountied for way longer than you would with a single account. The default rule is: if the second account ...
rene's user avatar
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Handling sock puppets farming rep via accepting answers, not upvoting

Vote fraud by accepting answers is something a moderator has tools available to handle. I doubt the automated tools would ever trigger on this, but I can't be sure as I don't know the exact details ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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How many votes on questions by sock puppets does it take to suspend his account?

TL;DR: it's not relevant. One vote is enough. I don't think it's related to the amount. Also, the sock account is deleted or merged with the main account, and the suspension is applied to the main ...
Shadow Wizard's user avatar
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What is the meaning of sock puppetry on Stack Exchange?

The on-site description currently available is the tag-wiki for the tag sock-puppet: A sock puppet is an extra account created in addition to the user's normal account and used for abusive purposes. ...
klutt's user avatar
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Why the name Eggs McLaren?

Maybe the name was chosen because The McLaren F1's Owner's Manual Is Full Of Awesome Easter Eggs. YouTube example: How To Activate The Easter Egg In The McLaren 720S Exhaust
Yaron's user avatar
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Troll usurps opponent's user name – What to do?

In general, these sorts of confrontational asides are not useful on SE, as they leave moderation up to underinformed public opinion and a he-said/she-said muddle. (On the plus side, the popcorn ...
Nathan Tuggy's user avatar
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Would this two-account situation be appropriate?

Answer a question asked by another account I would advise against this. Technically, it shouldn't make a difference, but users tend to judge self-answers differently than situations where the ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Would this two-account situation be appropriate?

Just to reiterate and emphasise what others have written. This: Accounts may Answer a question asked by another account is not allowed on any Stack Exchange site. There is nothing wrong with self ...
ChrisF's user avatar
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Avoid being banned when introducing others to SE

This is absolutely forbidden. Having multiple accounts is not a problem at all, so writing questions with the new account is fine, but don't cast any votes you couldn't with only a single account. (...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Accidentally upvoting an answer written by a main account while using a sockpuppet?

While I won't go into methods - generally sock puppet voting needs an active investigation or a pattern of voting. A one-off vote is likely to be ignored. There's also usually a broader pattern of ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Avoid being banned when introducing others to SE

Adding to other great answers, I write these questions for her to show her how to write good questions, There are many other questions with a lot of upvotes and high-quality answers. You can ...
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