Phorum Phunnies and Tasty Phorum PhoodsSubmitted by gmason08 on Mon, 11/02/2009 - 18:28
Those of you that have not spent many years posting in political forums or have spent most of your time in the very friendly confines of the various RP supporter forums may not be familiar w/ a tactic/phenomena known as a "sock puppet" or have less experience identifying them. "Sock Puppets" are created as extra screen names by one or more people to use for things like posting instant support or posting fake opposing arguments that are easily torn apart. "Sock Puppets" are quite common in forums w/ many people in strong political opposition, unlike the DP where we are generally and strongly on the same page.
A recent post alleging "Hypocrisy" of the DP's moderators, now closed for comments:
has some strong indicators that the poster is a sock puppet.
1. Its timing and relationship to another posters thread
2. Its reaching allegations, little to no basis in fact and even if the event did occur the known, more likely and less divisive/controversial explanations were ignored. Damage control-wagging the dog.
3. The funniest indicator is what, if true, the sock puppet controller likely considered a brilliant and creative cover for the sock puppet persona-Not a native English speaker.
The post contained the following passages both "written" by the English as a second language poster, the Eastern European native.
Please compare, contrast the essentially perfect English text alternating w/ the struggling broken English:
"HERE IS WHAT IS TRULY SICKENING, SELF SERVING, AND HYPOCRITICAL ABOUT THIS THING. This person was discussing legitimate issues about how the campaign moves forward. Not everyone liked what he had to say and that's the nature of things, so yes fine. But the people running this site let BIRTHERS, 9/11 NUTS, AND ALL OTHER MANNER OF WEIRDOS (NO OFFENSE) POST HERE."
...free market of idea, and all these thing.
OK, so you are favor such freedom to discuss all thing? THEN HOW ARE YOU TO DEFEND BLOCKING OF SOMEONE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING VERY MUCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TOPIC?
I guess freedom is OK if it is yours, if it is freedom to talk about such key thing as how to write phony legal brief for "admirable court jurisdictions" or topic that make us look crazy. But there is no freedom for someone who actually wish to discuss how to improve movement, just because it hurt the feeling of some?
THOSE WHO RUN THE SITE SHOULD BE ASHAME.
For someone who has the apparent difficulties w/ written English demonstrated in the second passage the first passage is pretty damned impressive. Perhaps it is a rare case of IEEBES- Intermittent Eastern European Broken English Syndrome or it is just a funny example of a sock puppet.
Wasn't "Stavro" the first name of the Blofeld character in the Bond movie Goldfinger?
If I am wrong about this instance I am sincerely sorry. If I have wrongly suspected the totally innocent I hope it is some consolation that an opportunity was provided to warn our number of one of many dirty tricks in Political Forum Land.
Sock puppets do exist out there and even here on the Daily Paul. Forewarned is forearmed.