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Andrewofgg Sat 20-Jun-15 20:51:01

MNHQ blocked a thread saying that there was evidence of "sock puppets" and I would just like to know what that means.

Sparklingbrook Sat 20-Jun-15 20:52:35

A poster who posted then changed name and posted again to agree and support themselves in the first name usually.

Sparklingbrook Sat 20-Jun-15 20:53:41

So if someone starts an AIBU and everyone says they are they change name and post in support to look like someone agrees with them.

usualsuspect333 Sat 20-Jun-15 20:53:53

oooh which thread. I'm very bored tonight.

ConcreteElephant Sat 20-Jun-15 20:54:11

It's when a poster appears on a thread in two or more guises, making the same argument - so fabricating a 'crowd' to support a particular view but really just banging their own drum.

Outwith Sat 20-Jun-15 20:54:21

It means that the same person was posting on a thread using two different usernames.

E.g.:

OP: Blah blah...AIBU?
Everyone else on MN: YABtotallyU shock
SockPuppet: YANBU OP, and, what's more, I love you. I don't know what everyone else is on about.

Andrewofgg Sat 20-Jun-15 20:57:38

Thank you all.

usualsuspect 333 This one

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/2405339-To-think-this-is-rude-at-a-concert

DonkeyOaty Sat 20-Jun-15 20:59:30

Without making this a Troll 101 lesson - HQ can do Techie Stuff behind the scenes to establish if same address is operating more than one account.

So: Poster A says blah blah
MN posters respond
Sockie posts but but but I agree with poster A and ye are all cahhhhhs
Poster A says Thank you Sockie
Sockie and poster A carry on a bit
Someone hits the Report button
Tech cranks up his Shed, it's like the Tardis really
Tech Finds Out Stuff
HQ wields Big Red Button

(Simplified version)

usualsuspect333 Sat 20-Jun-15 21:06:39

Thanks, Andrew.

Wonder who was socking?

DonkeyOaty Sat 20-Jun-15 21:06:58

<weary sigh>

Or what the others said; curse you, sausage fingers.

ooh I love a good sockie thread. <goes off to read>

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 23-Jun-15 18:53:58

TSSDCNOP

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