Poll: Sock-Puppeting – is it wrong? have you done it?

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Have you ever commented on a blog post under a different name to agree with yourself? – making it look like a whole bunch of people agree with you when actually, it’s just you, with 5 different names, talking to yourself?

Sock-puppeting has shot up the news agenda today because Independent journalist Johann Hari has been suspended by the paper for doing just that – commenting under his own articles under different names to support himself.

He has also been accused of the slightly more serious matter of using misleading quotations from elsewhere and presenting them as material he has gained at interview.

Still – suspension seems a heavy punishment for what is more an etiquette question than a crime.

Gentle reader, have you ever sock-puppeted? I’ll fess up straight away – I certainly have! Though not on this site, I promise.


Anna Leach

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  • Hari doesn’t comment on his own articles, he uses a false identity to smear other journalists on wikipedia and other sites. It isn’t even a little bit trivial.

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