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Is there anything that can be done about the DL's in OT

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by GinandTonic, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. GinandTonic

    GinandTonic Saphire w/ Schweps + Lime

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    I mean two in the same thread on acid attacks, and one with almost the same avatar. It's just not even trying to be subtle.
     
  2. Lemon Merchant

    Lemon Merchant Smarticus Pantsidae Moderator

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  3. Ryika

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    That person is ruining the forums for everyone with his funny shenanigans.
     
  4. ryanmusante

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    I am so lost with some of these acronyms lately, what is DL?
     
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    leif erikson Game of the Month Fanatic Administrator Supporter GOTM Staff

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    God of Kings Ruler of all heads of state

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    We Wikipedians call it "sockpuppeting."
     
  7. Ryika

    Ryika likes cookies and milk.

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    No, a sockpuppet account is a very specific form of an alt account (one that that has the purpose of trying to make your position seem to have the support of more people). Not every alt account is a sockpuppet account, there are other reasons for using alt accounts, such as just wanting to discuss topics in anonymity (not the pseudo-anonymity of our publicly known accounts), getting around bans (temporary or primary), etc.
     
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  8. God of Kings

    God of Kings Ruler of all heads of state

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    Ah.

    I have many Reddit accounts, but one per subreddit.
     
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  9. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Entangled Retired Moderator Supporter

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    It's only been a problem since 2001, so I'm sure the solution is imminent. :p

    One of the issues is that you don't know someone is a DL until they post in a manner that supports such a conclusion and then, if the same rules are in place now, a staff discussion would come to some conclusion. Then, if the originator of the DL can be identified, further discussion is necessary to decide what punishment should be inflicted. The staff may not be in agreement on what action is appropriate. I recall lots of lively staff discussions about if, when and how, persistent, troublesome posters should be treated. Some of the most problematic DLs were posters who had been permabanned, but still wanted to be a part of the community.
     
  10. Ryika

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    That's why Shadowbans worked relatively well when they were a new invention. If the poster is not aware of the fact that they've been banned, and continues to post but doesn't get any response, they might lose interest and actually just leave the community, instead of being angry of being banned and doubling down on their behavior.

    Of course these days most people understand how Shadowbanning works and just visit the site with a different browser/proxy to see whether their posts still show up.

    Not that the DL's here are that much of a problem anyway, they're just accounts that are obviously here to troll in very specific threads and could be entirely ignored by people who don't want to engage. A person who really wants to create chaos and not just have their 5 minutes of fun time every now and then can drag down a whole community by using much more subversive means.
     
  11. Patine

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    "But I am a Shadowban from under someone else's bed." :p
     

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