Wikipedia talk:Sock puppetry

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Wording[edit]

Paragraph 4 in the lede has an important but long and unwieldy sentence which is quite hard to digest:

"It is likely to lead to a block of all affected accounts, a ban of the user (the sockmaster or sockpuppeteer) behind the accounts (each of which is a sockpuppet or sock), and on-project exposure of all accounts and IP addresses used across Wikipedia and its sister projects, as well as the (potential) public exposure of any "real-world" activities or personal information deemed relevant to preventing future sock puppetry or certain other abuses."

To make it easier to follow, I suggest it be broken up in this way:

"It is likely to lead to: (a) a block of all affected accounts; (b) a ban of the user (the sockmaster or sockpuppeteer) behind the accounts (each of which is a sockpuppet or sock); (c) on-project exposure of all accounts and IP addresses used across Wikipedia and its sister projects; (d) the (potential) public exposure of any "real-world" activities or personal information deemed relevant to preventing future sock puppetry or certain other abuses."

Or better still in this way:

"It is likely to lead to:
  • a block of all affected accounts
  • a ban of the user (the sockmaster or sockpuppeteer) behind the accounts (each of which is a sockpuppet or sock)
  • on-project exposure of all accounts and IP addresses used across Wikipedia and its sister projects
  • the (potential) public exposure of any "real-world" activities or personal information deemed relevant to preventing future sock puppetry or certain other abuses"

Would one of these edits be acceptable? ~ P-123 (talk) 11:13, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

I have edited the passage to follow the second layout above. None of the wording has been changed. ~ P-123 (talk) 23:06, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

Inappropriate uses of multiple accounts[edit]

Should "promotion" be added, as people might abuse multiple accounts for the sole purpose of promoting themselves? Just wondering. TheCoffeeAddict talk|contribs 12:54, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

This seems to me to be unnecessary - and probably too BEANSy. עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 13:01, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

It seems kind of messed up to me[edit]

It seems messed up to me that if someone is banned (probably for a good reason, but maybe not) and they make another account to talk to someone about why they were banned and try to resolve it, that they can then get perma-banned basically for wanting to resolve the supposed issue because they made another account. Basically, "BAM! you are now banned, and if you try to find out why or talk to someone about it, you are perma-banned, so there!" 32.212.104.223 (talk) 04:27, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

WP:Block is not the same thing as WP:Ban. Flyer22 (talk) 05:07, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
@32.212.104.223: If somebody is banned/blocked, he may still request to be unblocked on his/her user talk page, or he can send an e-mail to the Wikipedia:Unblock Ticket Request System. There is no reason to create another account. Vanjagenije (talk) 21:09, 22 June 2015 (UTC)