Hey pips, check dis out y'all...where in a friggin' virtual world, right. So basically 3quarters of everything ain't real, right. In fact, it is expected that stuff shouldn't just be real. Just the essence of being in a virtual world, is all. So people have multiple screennames, logging in as different people, posting in forums, publishing hubs, fanning and being fanned. If someone did that stuff in real life, he or she would be said to possess an mp disorder, or he would be called a friggin master of disguise - not a bad thing to be called. LOL. Or worse - a hypocrite. Even your bestest hubber could be doing it. I could be doing it. For all you care - I could be one of the most active hubbers in here. And whenever I'm bored, and just wanna spice things up a wee bit, I log in with another id! Maybe thats how I get my kicks. So who's the weirdo? How do we know we're not being deceived by some kind of intellectual-psychotic weird sort? I don't know, I just don't know...
You donot need to know unless you want to start 'a relationship' with one. I really don't see anything wrong with having two or more screen names. Some of my friends here do *"alright Shhhh now , I'm not gonna tell"* ...
Or yes, it could be a problem if you want to bit*h about a hubber and viola the next thing you know it would turn out to be the same person! *laughs real hard*
Ok I give up . Who is the weirdo, oh that was a rhetorical
I don't see how having another account is any different than not having a picture of yourself as an avatar.
You couldn't be more weird than me, or my closest friends for that matter. I'd rather be weird than boring, any day. Who's to say who's weird.
There are quite a few 'weirdos' out there. Some are visible to some of us, though.
its interesting that you should post this as list night I was reading through some of Seth Godin's Small is the New Big. He has a rant on how anonymity on the web sometimes makes it a really crappy place to live. Wouldn't it be a much different place if you could actually really be tracked (and not just by those with haxor leet skills)? Well, I imagine folks would be a wee bit more polite to one another like they actually were neighbors or whatever.
We don't know, and we just need to realize that. I do think, though, that some people come across as most likely genuine. But again, we never really know. Sometimes, though, the conversation is the conversation; and who is contributing almost isn't the point. Besides, when someone is phony some "vibes" are usually given off in one way or another.
I think it's an exaggerated version of what goes on in offline life: Some people are a little phony. Some are a lot phony. Some are very genuine, and it shows. In any case, nobody should trust strangers with more than exchanging a little conversation.
I'm sooo with you there Lisa. Online and offline can bring about equally phony conducts. Maybe it's a tad easier to spot them in real life, but not really, the vibes give off phony shyte online too.
I am completely with Lisa and Elena, you never know via internet...besides, it's happening all around us, in us and to our children, the phony people on the web.
Just so you know, having multiple accounts is not a problem. The benefit being that a person can cover different niches on different accounts.
I have more than one account, but I am mindful to use only my primary account (this one) to post in the forum. By saying mindful, I mean that it could be easy to forget I am publishing a hub on another account and then stop by the forum to see what's happening. I'm always double checking to see which account is logged in.
The problem though is when it's abused. And there's two ways that can happen...
1) People use it to vote themselves up, or use it to create fake conversation in their Comment capsule. Or for the purposes of voting other people down. I see that as a waste of time, a person is better off using the time to submit a link to a social bookmarking site or publishing an article somewhere else for a backlink.
2) Putting on a sockpuppet show in the forum. I've seen it used often elsewhere by spammers, someone comes along with a problem, asking for information, then later, it could be half a day, a day or a week later, along comes the the sockpuppet.
Here though at HubPages it's not so much for self promotion, but sometimes for comedy effect, but usually drama.
If it's for drama it gets real old real quick.
This is interesting...people actually comment on their own hubs or to vote other people down...It is a strange world out there.
if it's for stalking and slandering others it gets old pretty quick also.
nice in-depth statement on the difference bewteen choosing multiple accounts for good reasons (niches) and for the other side of it.
used to post on a message board where sockpuppets were used to amuse and delight and were open secrets, again another innocent reason.
other motives are less innocent and the differentiation is pretty important. it's not the accounts themselves that make them good or bad, it's what the person is choosing to use them for that defines the puppetmaster.
Personally I would find it amusing if someone had the time and energy to keep up this charade. I once knew someone who was so obsessed with Everquest he had three accounts that he played against himself. I am not into online gaming and do not understand the purpose of that, and I would imagine the majority of people are not creating various online personas to create odd dialogues. If they are it is very amusing at the worst.
I think it depends on the type of community we are playing in- Hubpages is a community of writers who are pretty supportive and friendly, at least this has been my experience, so I have no reason to be suspicious of the friends I have made here. If I am naive, well so be it!
Some of the multiple-personalities are pretty obvious, but I don't think it's a big deal if someone posts a "who likes Obama" question under the name of Fred or Susie. The question is the same. I'm fine with it (although I prefer nobody use that kind of thing to try to damage my HubScore ). People all do their own things.
My HubPages writing is hobby writing, but I also do "for hire" writing; so I take my identity and "reputation" (if I have a reputation at all) kind of seriously. I want all my Hubs in one account and all activity associated with only the one account.
What we do need, though, is some kind of image to show up in the forums (next to either our single or multiple names) to indicate who is a freemason.
I'll let you into a secret if you promise to tell NO-ONE.
Freemasons are already secretly identified at HP by a thin lined border around their avatar.
Each to their own. Multiple accounts used for commercial purposes aren't going to upset the applecart. I'd like to think that those users are not seeking to misinform rather they're just thinking in terms of making the best use they can of hubpages.
When you get users that do it strictly to spam etc that's different again but I don't see that as a negative. Maybe it's just roleplay and/or for the fun of it.
To be honest I reckon to run two or more accounts would take twice the effort/time. It's hard enough IMO to keep on top of one and yet still try to retain some sense of life away from the screen
The games people play.
And the object is ...
Doesnt worry me too much if tinkerbelle really is a state trooper or vice-versa, Im not gonna be marrying either anytime soon
Its amazing all the personalities and ego's, bit like being at a circus with a 12mth pass..
I spose multiple accounts also means more income ,but in my case that probably equates to another 25c, so since I cant change my name ,I change avatars
I guess in some ways ,it is like wearing a mask.
Why cant we have a 60's party?? lol
oh dear just joined here, wondering what I have walked in to
Oh - it's nothing.
(In all seriousness, HubPages is a great site; and nothing goes on here (in the forums) that doesn't go on in a lot of forums. )
I don't think of all of the little tricks. Maybe it is useful to do those things but I guess I'm too old to be that slick.
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