How To Create An Online Sock Puppet And Get Away With It
'Sock puppet n. [Usenet: from the act of placing a
sock over your hand and talking to it and pretending
it's talking back] In Usenet parlance, a pseudo
through which the puppeteer posts follow-ups to their
own original message to give the appearance that a
number of people support the views held in
the original message ...'
From: The Internet Jargon Dictionary.
Imagine for a moment that you are involved in a heated debate about an issue which is very important to you but, somehow, your opponents are increasingly, and at a very fast and alarming rate, gaining points.
Even when their views are blatantly incorrect, you find yourself in an ever decreasing minority when it comes to challenging their so obviously flawed arguments.
To top it up, there is no hope at all that the proverbial cavalry will arrive, as there is no one on sight to come to your rescue.
Not something very pleasant to imagine but not something to be dismissed as improbable either, as, unfortunately, even the best of us can one day find themselves in a similar frustrating situation.
So, the use of a sock puppet, as an emergency measure, might be the only way possible to get out of it but, if you open a new account then, your attempt is bound to fail lamentably. The sock puppets hunters will without fail spot it, especially if it comes to your rescue straight after having registered.
The solution is actually very simple and, unless you are psychic and have already predicted the tricky situation and taken the appropriate steps to remedy it, you will agree that the following suggestion is definitely the best and the most efficient of all possible ones.
All you need to do is:
Once that's done, the rest is practically a piece of cake.
You should not worry about the fact that you might have to follow your alter ego's online life up to the point when you need its help as, even if it means spending years in the past, it will only take a few minutes of your time in the present.
There are still a few advices that need to be followed though:
There are some side effects that have been noticed as a result of intensive 'time travelling sock puppeteering' unfortunately. One of them being a high risk of identity crisis.
So, it is advised that you try to take a break from your alternative persona as often as possible.
Of course, to time travel you need the proper equipment, but you should be able to get hold of a time machine by checking the local papers' classified adverts.
Failing that you have nothing to lose by:
Just In Case
If your quest for a time machine has for some unexpected reasons failed, then the best option would be that you keep well away from that controversial discussion.
That will, at least, save you from some irritating but also very embarrassing moments.
Easier said than done, granted...
Some 'Tips on Anger Management' might come handy in some of those frustrating situations we are faced with at times.
'Often, when working with or coming into contact with
someone who really annoys you, the best plan is just
to walk away and leave them talking to themselves.
You have no idea just how silly they look standing
there raving away at, nothing!'
A very useful piece of advice that is not just relevant to Real Life somehow.
You might not have had a chance to make the points you wanted to make, but, at the end of the day, you will not be the one looking bad...
Of course, had you followed my advice on how to get hold of a time machine in the first place... etc... etc...
Oh never mind...