(Closed) On creating secondary accounts to post about private-y stuff. Also, sockpuppets.

posted 8 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

Post # 4
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Can you describe how to “retire” a secondary account?

Post # 5
4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

… 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
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

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
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@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
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

@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
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
3252 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 15
7349 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Sockpuppet- never knew that term before.  You learn something every day.

Post # 16
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m not internet saavy enough to create a 2nd account!! I don’t even know how I created this one!

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