Sock it to him!

The other day, Wizbang reader “jhow66” noticed that another commenter’s name seemed new, but his words had a familiar feel. He thought “Larry” sounded a bit like “Lee.”

I thought jhow might be on to something, so I started poking around behind the scenes.

A short aside: we don’t require commenters to register here at Wizbang. It’s Kevin’s decision, but it’s one I wholeheartedly support. One of the drawbacks, though, is that it is very easy to abuse that system and engage in “sock-puppetry” — using multiple names to support one’s positions to convey more support than is actually present. It’s a hot-button issue with me.

Anyhoo, I did some checking, and “Larry” had never posted from “Lee’s” IP — and neither had “Lee” ever posted from any other IP. Case closed.

Whoops, let’s not close that case just yet.

“Larry” is a bit more prolific than it seems. In that thread, his IP posted as “Larry.” On this thread yesterday, that IP posted as “Hugh.” He was also “Hugh” on this thread and this one, where he was also “Michael.” He was a bit less formal here, when he was “Mike.”

I’m not going to ban his IP, because I really, really don’t like doing that. But I am going to publicly ask him to just pick a single name and stick with it.

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And before anyone else can beat me to it…

BLOOD FOR ODIN!!!!!!!

One Egyptian Arrested in Minneapolis
...just don't question our support for the troops!

33 Comments

  1. ed August 9, 2006
  2. not ed August 9, 2006
  3. really not ed August 9, 2006
  4. Gianni August 9, 2006
  5. not ed's brother August 9, 2006
  6. the wolf August 9, 2006
  7. goddessoftheclassroom August 9, 2006
  8. not Jim Addison August 9, 2006
  9. not ed's great grandmother August 9, 2006
  10. Lee August 9, 2006
  11. Jay Tea August 9, 2006
  12. really not ed August 9, 2006
  13. not ed's dog August 9, 2006
  14. Mitchell August 9, 2006
  15. sitnam August 9, 2006
  16. Mitchell August 9, 2006
  17. SurfinKC August 9, 2006
  18. Lee August 9, 2006
  19. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III August 9, 2006
  20. jhow66 August 9, 2006
  21. Herman August 9, 2006
  22. scsiwuzzy August 9, 2006
  23. Oyster August 9, 2006
  24. Jumpinjoe August 9, 2006
  25. Faith+1 August 9, 2006
  26. Looks a little like James Cloninger, but is not as handsome August 9, 2006
  27. ReadyFirst August 10, 2006
  28. sanssoucy August 10, 2006
  29. King of Fools August 10, 2006
  30. jhow66 August 10, 2006
  31. sanssoucy August 10, 2006
  32. sanssoucy August 10, 2006
  33. jhow66 August 10, 2006