At some point, running a site with comments threads means you have to have an unavoidable discussion about sockpuppets. Sockpuppeteering, for the uninitiated, is the practice of posting comments in a thread under multiple IDs. I’ve gotten the feeling lately, especially in some of the EHSSQ threads, that there may be a few sockpuppets in the mix, so for the record: if you’re sockpuppetting a discussion (or multiple discussions), stop it.
If you’re dumb enough to be doing it from a static IP address, I’ll notice at some point and block you from commenting. If (more likely) you’re using a dynamic IP address, there’s probably not much I’ll be able to do other than shut down a thread altogether. That would be an unfortunately draconian measure, and I hope it won’t be necessary.
Finally, on a slightly related note: the email addresses you’re required to give in order to post comments are never used for any other purpose than verification that you’re not a spambot and for me to respond to you directly if the fancy strikes me. Obviously people can (and do) just give fake emails (you know who you are … dartanyon). But just in case you’re doing it because you think you’ll be pounded with unsolicited email, rest assured that won’t be the case. And if you don’t want me or others to know who you are (a perfectly reasonable thing in this bidness), just create a real but generic email address with hotmail or yahoo or somebody like that.
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