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    Sockpuppets

    I was just curious about the policy of not identifying sockpuppets. The post in the banned users thread just says something like "sockpuppet of a previously banned member".

    Is there any reason why the mods don't say who the previously banned member is? Sometimes it is obvious ("here we go, him again") and sometimes I am left wondering "who was that masked man?" It's not a big deal, just to satisfy the curiosity.

    I can't see any negatives from identifying them, but maybe I am missing something.

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    Part of it is that one of the reasons people use sockpuppets is to get attention, and therefore we try to minimize the attention they get.
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    What Swift said. IMHO the only reason that we publish the ban at all is to inform those who have had interactions with the sockpuppet, and deserve to know why it is suddenly gone forever (or until the next sock). Personally I’d prefer to just quietly remove the entire conversation, but that isn’t transparent, not always possible, and unfair to those members who interacted in good faith.
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    To quote the late and much lamented Linda Smith:
    I don't really like you saying his name, because it gives him the oxygen of publicity and I'm not happy with him having the oxygen of oxygen.
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    Great quote!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    To quote the late and much lamented Linda Smith ...
    I wasn't sure about Swift/slang's point until you reminded me of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    I wasn't sure about Swift/slang's point until you reminded me of this.
    I give up. Who is Linda mith?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Mendenhall View Post
    I give up. Who is Linda Smith?
    Well, I didn't know either so it prompted me to find her in Wikipedia. And thank you! A very dry wit served with a dose of acid. And a sad loss...

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Linda_Smith

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    Oh, she was funny! I liked her!
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    Good Link

    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Well, I didn't know either so it prompted me to find her in Wikipedia. And thank you! A very dry wit served with a dose of acid. And a sad loss...

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Linda_Smith
    Thank you.

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