Wikipedia talk:Sock puppetry

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Is this okay?[edit]

I've set up a clearly marked alt account here to use for anti-vandalism work. Would this be permitted under WP:LEGITSOCK? Chickadee46 talk 17:28, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

I'll probably go ahead and use the account. WP:ILLEGIT says "Editors must not use alternative accounts to mislead, deceive, disrupt, or undermine consensus", which I won't be using the clearly marked alt for. Chickadee46 talk 19:52, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

WMF approved role accounts[edit]

At the bottom of section 7, List of role accounts, Category:Wikipedia contact role accounts is said to be "Accounts approved by the Foundation" (emphasis mine). How is this approval ascertained, and how and by whom is the category monitored for fidelity? Thank you.--John Cline (talk) 13:00, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

That's a great question. If nobody is able to point out a place where these approvals are logged, I will ask the WMF to create one. --Guy Macon (talk) 14:22, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

How to handle potentially sock puppetry[edit]

Hi, since years I'm mainly editing/contributing, hence, not experienced in topics like sock puppetry... Honestly, I don't want to offend/harass any Wikimedians as sock puppeteer, as some of the related edits seem to be in good faith, but I feel 'trolled' since about July 2016 by various 'one-day' user-accounts of whom I suppose the same personality from Switzerland:

  1. account always used one single day;
  2. similar edits and themes edited;
  3. not really edit-warring, but not far from;
  4. not really trolling but 'insisting' on its edits, by p.e. changing from IP to a new account;
  5. rather minor edits, but always several edits within short time;
  6. edits always without any comment, although I pointed to at a wiki's talk page three days ago, again.
  7. A 'signmark': sometimes replacing {reflist|30em} by {reflist|500px}, usually in Swiss-related wikis started by me.

As that behavoir massively increases, and I start to feel harassed - four times within the past three days - what may I do? Starting a request, although i'm not sure what account used was the first one? Thank you for any suggestions, kindly regards, Roland zh (talk) 18:08, 26 September 2016 (UTC)