Trolls and Sockpuppets

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  1. FetePerfection
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    I am two days into MilePoint and loving it, but also a little embarrassed about a misstep I made, so in hopes of providing caution and clarity to other newbies, I would love it if some of our more esteemed members (and I mean this in its sincerest form) would compare and contrast "trolls and sockpuppets".

    Thanks!

    Okay, I misunderstood the meaning behind sockpuppet and took it as a negative. Really its not so bad - trolls on the other hand...
     
  2. sobore
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    A troll is someone who is causing a ruckus in an online forum.
    I always thought an SP was someone who was using a misleading identity in an online forum, often in support of a troll.
     
  3. Randy Petersen
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    FP: welcome to milepoint and we're all quite pleased your first few days here have been positive. As sobore correctly identifies, a sockpuppet typically refers to a false identity through which a member speaks with or about themselves, pretending to be a different person and at times in support of a troll. However, the key is to put into perspective where the term is being used and how. For instance, it might be used in a community thread to add a spice of humor when referring to a close member often also in a conversation—as in "you or the sockpuppet" ... sort of a reference to an alter ego. In those situations it is a humor mechanism. Used in a more serious tone when referring to a content related post or thread, it does indicate in the mind of a member the above, sometimes, but not always true.

    Regardless, members on milepoint should leave accusations in conversations to myself and/or Report Post and not engage in a sliding comment war that would disrail the goal for milepoint to be the friendly place for frequent flyers.

    Again welcome and thanks for the question.

    NOTE: as a new member, you may be interested in our membership drive this month for helping others as part of our Charity efforts. You can find the info here—something we're very proud of.
     
  4. FetePerfection
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    Very thoughtful clarification and yes, milepoint is a very friendly, helpful place.
     
  5. mikeef
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    YBL. I thank you for having introduced me to a term that I had never heard before, "sockpuppet." I'm shocked and dismayed that, even though I have been following Randy around the web for ten years, neither he nor his sockpuppet had ever taken the time to explain it to me. Note: That's both shocked AND dismayed.

    Mike
     
  6. Gargoyle
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    Is it acceptable to put your sockpuppets up on the bulkhead after boarding the plane, or do you need to take them off first?
     
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    :rolleyes:
     
  8. MSPeconomist
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    Are they clean and unsmelly or not?
     
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    Also is this flight over 4 hours? ;)
     
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    If it's not, it will still seem that way.
     
  11. KENNECTED
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    Have you ever been to Fandango? IIRC, they coined the term/phrase. On their site you pick a "puppet" as your avatar.
     
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    I'm sorry, but I don't believe there are any sock puppets here at all -- and neither does my darling, handsome, intelligent, wonderful Dovster.
     
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    I completely agree with Sarah P.'s remarkably accurate post.
     
  14. Cholula
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    Something tell me this thread is headed in same direction as the now infamous Woo Hoo! I'm A Social Butterly Thread. :)
     
  15. milchap
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    The things one learns on Milepoint.
    This is the first time I hear the expression sock puppet in an internet context.
    My grandchildren have sock puppets....but that is another grandpa story :)
    More content being made here....;)
     
  16. MSPeconomist
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    Well, it was moved here about five hours after being started by your protege.
     
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    Since it has been asked and answered to the satisfaction of the new member, then indeed, head it for the same direction ... off topic forum.
     
  18. FetePerfection
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    Seriously...I am laughing out-freaking-loud
     
  19. Cholula
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    OK then, folks, let's party. :D
     
  20. Open Fly
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    Are the sockpuppets invited as well?
     
  21. Cholula
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    Yes on the sockpuppets.

    No on the trolls.
     
  22. East_Yorker
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    What about Sock Monkeys?

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  23. Cholula
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    Sock anythings are welcome.

    But if we see any trolls, out this comes:

    trollrepellent.jpg
     
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    I don't know about the plane, but you will have to remove your shoes and sockpuppets when going through security.

    Mike
     
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    Dahlings, I'm so glad to know I'm welcome here...........

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