Post # 1
We’ve gotten some questions about whether or not it’s ok to create a “secondary account” to post a private question.
This has come up more often recently, as hive members wrestle with personal issues like:
- Cheating by an SO
- Doubts about your fiance
- Issues in the bedroom
This is all ok. We’re honored every time someone trusts Weddingbee enough to seek counsel on some of their most difficult, private decisions.
But we do have a request: please retire a secondary account after you’re done with your private question. Most of all, please don’t use secondary accounts for shenanigans: namely, sockpuppetry:
A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception within an online community. In its earliest usage, a sockpuppet was a false identity through which a member of an Internet community speaks with or about himself or herself, pretending to be a different person.
A few quick examples:
- Don’t create a secondary account to agree with yourself.
- Or create secondary account to fight with yourself.
- Or to pick a fight with someone else.
Anyway, you get the idea – hopefully obvious stuff here (EDIT: and very rarely ever an issue on Weddingbee!). But thought we should post it and make it a policy!
Post # 3
Lmao! Sock puppets! I’d never heard of that before, so your thread title cracked me up.
No problems, that’s really fair, and I’m so glad we have the option of going anon 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 4
Can you describe how to “retire” a secondary account?
Post # 5
… wait, the real name for it is sock puppet? Ha ha ha ha! Why on earth would someone fight with his or herself? That seems… odd.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
The sockpuppet thing made me giggle – I can’t imagine going through all of the trouble of doing something like that just to make people think someone agrees with me!
Post # 7
I think when he says retire, he means to just not keep using it. Don’t log in again or something like that.
Do people sockpuppet often here? I had no idea…
Post # 8
@km – I can totally see someone doing that though, especially on some of the more controversial posts that have been put up anonymously – there’ve been a few that have turned into a witch hunt. if the OP is worried about anyone finding out it’s them, they might post an opposing opinion… or even argue with themselves.
strange, but then, people tend to act weirder/more extreme under the cloak of internet anonymity than most of us would in real life!
Post # 9
I was hoping (and I figured it wasn’t) that someone might have used their other account to discuss sock puppets. The idea cracked me up. 🙂
Post # 10
@KMSull: Mostly people create sockpuppets to agree with themself, but sometimes a sockpuppet is used to garner pity or empathy, as the sockpuppet attacks the “master” then everyone comes to the defense of that person. Sometimes that happens in a thread where the OP doesn’t like the responses they’re getting.
@caszos: “Retire the account” meaning simply not using it anymore, unless you have another personal issue come up. To resume using your primary account.
@LaborofLove: You would be surprised how often we see aliases here! Although mostly it happens a lot with vendors spamming the boards…
Post # 11
I totally agree, if someone wants to bring up a topic they are sensitive about but really want advice yet couldn’t manage to post under their recognized main account I see nothing wrong with it. But I think people opening second accounts to act like bizaros is crazy! I had never heard of that but now I can totally understand that probably happens more than a regular hive member realizes.
Laides (and the few gents) let’s all just play nice 🙂
Post # 12
Hehe the sockpuppets make me giggle! I never knew that was the term!
I completely agree with Mr. Bee’s rules about when to use the dummy accounts and when not to. I have never seen an issue about relationships turn into witch hunts like some of the other ones have.
Post # 13
THANK YOU MR BEE! UHG, i was so frusturated when i saw a recent thread and saw a user make a second account to agree with herself. its enraging and decepting!
Post # 14
Wow. I had no idea about the sock puppet issue. And you’ve actually caught ppl doing that? How lame it that? I did however know about the secret identities for discussion of personal issues. Thanx for the info. 😉
Post # 15
Sockpuppet- never knew that term before. You learn something every day.
Post # 16
I’m not internet saavy enough to create a 2nd account!! I don’t even know how I created this one!