March 30, 2013
Sock Puppet, Troll
If you have read my other blog, or been to MM7’s blog or LISK.com you have heard the phrase “Sock Puppet“. The Urban Dictionary‘s definition of Sock Puppet is as follows:
1. Sock Puppet
An account made on an internet message board, by a person who already has an account, for the purpose of posting more-or-less anonymously.
2. Sock Puppet
1: A fake personality, usually a ‘friend’ or ‘sister,’ created by a drama queen/king for the sake of defending him/herself against others in an online forum.
2: Someone who might be an actual person but behaves like the above, defending someone who really deserves no defense.
After mskyootie44 left the board in a snit, she made a sock puppet claiming to be her sister that told us we should all be ashamed of how mean we were because mskyootie was cutting herself in the bathroom
Kind of a harsh example left there, but it helps with understanding the phrase, especially as it was used in association with the LISK site. Some of the posters believed that other comments were being left by “Sock Puppets”. And while there are plenty of examples of where it does indeed look like sock puppets are at work, others insist that these are just “Trolls” and should just be ignored. What does the Urban dictionary have to say about Trolls?
One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument
One who purposely and deliberately (that purpose usually being self-amusement) starts an argument in a manner which attacks others on a forum without in any way listening to the arguments
proposed by his or her peers. He will spark of such an argument via the use of ad hominem
attacks (i.e. ‘you’re nothing but a fanboy’ is a popular phrase) with no substance or relevance to back them up as well as straw man arguments, which he uses to simply avoid addressing the essence of the issue.
So, they are close to the same thing, the general difference being, the reason they do it. A sock puppet has motives behind what they do, while trolls
just like to mess with people. At least that’s how I read it.
And to me I see reason to believe both were/are going on here. The hard part is deciphering between the 2. One or more of these posters are very good at what they do. It is almost impossible to know who is who. There are some ways, which we will later discus, to connect them however. But now that sites and posts are disappearing it is a little harder to do. It’s a Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma. Shall we get started?