I didn’t want this in the Pit, since I’m interested in an actual discussion of the question and not a pitting of a member.
In this thread we have a poster admitting to having and using a sock. A quick search shows that the particular sock was created during a period where the member wasn’t posting under their member name- that is, the member was using the sock in a similar manner to a name change. Prior to the posting of the above thread, the sock had been banned. However, we know from the member agreement that
I’ve seen in the past people admit to accidentally creating a sock, at a time where they lost their login information. But these individuals didn’t actually use the sock- they created a new account and were going about posting (sometimes for years) until for some reason the sock issue came up. These individuals were allowed to email an admin, provide information for the sock account, and sent on their way with a swift rap to the knuckles. I’m assuming that because they could prove the sock wasn’t used, they were granted some leeway. Makes sense. But here we have a situation where apparently someone has been posting under a different name on purpose. And we know that
One moderator and one administrator have posted to the thread, and yet the member remains a member. Which leads me to wonder: why? Is there a situation (and I don’t want to know exactly what that situation is, since then everyone will try it- a yes or no answer here will suffice) where this type of sock puppetry is acceptable? My only thought is that this particular poster has had one name change already, and instead of incurring the wrath of Dex
decided to circumvent the system. But isn’t that still a violation of board policy? Ack… my brain hurts.
Thanks in advance for any insight.