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Multiple Identities - What are the rules?

  1. Sue Adams profile image96
    Sue Adamsposted 8 years ago

    Some hubbers have multiple identities and I have been pondering about this.
    Say I opened another Hub account under a different name, avatar and email address. Then the second user (the other me) could be a fan of the first user and vice versa. They could leave nice comments, reply to each other’s forum posts, they could recommend each other by interlinking in their hubs and so on thereby increasing my popularity and hub scores. Now say, hypothetically that there were ten of me, or 20 or a hundred, well then my hubs would be really popular, provided I had the time to keep track of all those (me) users.
    What are the rules on multiple identity?
    What are the advantages?

    1. Dale Mazurek profile image72
      Dale Mazurekposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well you are definatly looking at alter egos for all the wrong purposes.

      I have never hid the fact that I have other accounts here but it is for some different niches and so forth.

      I never comment on my other accounts or anything like that.

      This account is the real me and I do a little of everything with it.

      I have one more that is very targeted at one niche in specific and 3 others that work well with a few different niches.

      It really isnt that hard to keep good scores just by doing the work like writing quality hubs and being active.

      What you actually are talking about seems like it would be a lot more work than it is worth it anyways.


      1. Sue Adams profile image96
        Sue Adamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well, Dale, it doesn't take long to leave a few pertinent comments on 3 or 4 hubs. Especially if you've written them yourself. I still wonder wat admin's position is on these issues because if left to hubbers' own moral discretion, there would always be those who could unfairly abuse the alter ego facility.

  2. Lisa HW profile image77
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    One thing I just read in another forum is that HubPages adm "doesn't appreciate" "alter egos" for the purpose of getting around being banned from the forums  - so that much I know about the rules.

    One advantage for people who have "alter egos" (for reasons other than getting around forum bans) is they can, say, write all financial hubs under one "personality" but then write all poetry under another, more suitable-seeming, one.  In other words, it lets people market/display their different writing in different ways.

    I don't know how it would work when it comes to the fake appearance of popularity or getting outside traffic.  I imagine someone else does.  I do know inside traffic isn't the same as incoming traffic.

    I'd think one disadvantage of too many "alter egos" could be that each would most likely only have a few Hubs, and the more Hubs the better.  (I all my Hubs, for good or ill, under my one name; and all my activity is under that, as well.  In other words, I (Lisa) get all the credit for any activity I put in here, which can contribute to an author score.  If I divvied up my activity among a bunch of fake names, it would look like all of "them" put in far less activity than I do.

    1. Sue Adams profile image96
      Sue Adamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Right. There are only so many hours in a day to be active on HubPages.  And if we write for different categories we can use grouping.  .
      Thank you for info Lisa. smile

    2. starme77 profile image78
      starme77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You have a good point , but it is kinda creepy, dont ya think , I mean you can be having a conversation with 3 or 4 people and they are all the same person, kinda weird to me, but to each his own I guess

      1. Sue Adams profile image96
        Sue Adamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        It would be handy to have a secret partner to keep the thread of a forum in a direction you are interested in rather than having to leave a conversation because it has turned into futilities as so often happens. But yes, I agree it is creepy. I think the whole facility of alter egos is open to abuse and was just wondering how it is controlled if at all.

  3. Aya Katz profile image81
    Aya Katzposted 8 years ago

    Yes, I feel the same way, Lisa. If I had one persona for primatology, another for linguistics, another for politics, another for poetry, another for lyrics, another for computer technology, another for health and nutrition, each would be spread so thin!

    Besides, I like to keep things integrated and mention one aspect of my life in a hub about something else. In the real world, in a scholarly article, you wouldn't be allowed to do that. This is part of what makes Hubpages more fun.

  4. bill yon profile image75
    bill yonposted 8 years ago

    I have a alter ego but I use the other me for landing pages,thats all.

    1. Sue Adams profile image96
      Sue Adamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry Bill, I don't know what you mean by "landing pages", can you explain please?

  5. starme77 profile image78
    starme77posted 8 years ago

    actually, for the prupose of niches it could be a good thing I guess , but it seems to make a mess when people use it to screw with others in the forums