Wait a second... Someone named J.P. Holding has been coming here using a pseudonym, and posting 30 messages a day in support of...J.P Holding? Is there even a question about whether we should let him get away with this?
Using a pseudonym is one thing. But using a sock puppet to shill for your real identity is another. If we let everyone get away with that, this forum would end up cluttered with what would amount to deceitful self-promotion. I mean, can I create a new login name and post 30 messages a day about how great Eddie is and how Goth Slut should go out with him?
If this allegation is true (and it seems pretty clear that it is), I'd say ban the Sheila identity and append a truthful disclaimer to every one of her posts (i.e., "This entry was posted by J.P. Holding, using the pseudonym 'Sheila Rangslinger'"). This is a policy we can stick to -- we'll apply it across the board, no matter what point of view the person was expressing.
Using sock puppets = you get banned. It's a pretty clear and fair policy.
I think this is pretty cut and dried, but I'd be interested in hearing what others on the board think, and I'm open to hearing any good reasons anyone has that we should allow this.
If we do ban Sheila, I think that will make a grand total of two banned users since the beginning of the board. One for auto-spamming nonstop Bible verses, and one for employing a false identity to promote himself. I could stand by that record.
Of course, J.P. can sign up and post supportive messages about himself AS himself.
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