This thread made me wonder what the board policy is on people posting “in character” that is, as either fictitious people (like the Hamburglar) or as someone else you are obviously not (ie, someone registering as “Christina Aguilera” and posting as a blatant parody of her, not trying to convince others that Christina has actually joined the SDMB).
On another (much less moderated and coherent) board I post on, this sort of thing is allowed. I wonder what the SDMB’s policy is, though. Obviously, none of us think this new poster is really the Hamburglar, and since he/she hasn’t posted again, it’s too soon to tell if he/she will continue to post only in character. But what if someone did? What if someone registered as a character, obviously fictitious, and only posted as that character? IMHO, it doesn’t seem to cross the jerk line, only the annoying line if kept up too consistently and too frequently. But is there something jerkish in the constant lying/misrepresentation?
So, what say the powers that be? Would such a poster be allowed to continue posting?
Please note that I don’t intend this as an attempt to condemn/disprove of The Hamburglar, it’s just that thread that made me think about this question.