Attack of the Sockpuppets
If you don’t know what the term sockpuppet means in internet lingo let me give you the wikipedia definition.
A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term—a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppetmade from a sock—originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an internetcommunity who spoke to, or about himself while pretending to be another person. The term now includes other uses of misleading online identities, such as those created to praise, defend or support a third party or organization, or to circumvent a suspension or ban from a website. A significant difference between the use of a pseudonym and the creation of a sockpuppet is that the sockpuppet poses as an independent third-party unaffiliated with the puppeteer.
I knew that speaking out on the agunah issue would make a few people no so happy with me. However, I never realized that so few would appear as so many. I’ve long suspected that some sockpuppetry was going on over on the blog that I have been discussing this on. I just didn’t realize how much. A week or two here I got an comment from an anonymous commentor that was in clear violation of the comment guidelines. I put it through, though I then blocked the IP address, a single IP address.
Within 48hrs my spam folder had exploded. Now two weeks on(round about), I checked my spam folder. Amazingly every single online ID that I had been arguing with over on the Daat Torah blog use the exact same IP. To whit the names are(Yis Stein, Stan, Emes, Emes L’Yaakov, Dovid and Facts). I guess it could be that all of these folks are roomates and they all use the same computer terminal… but I doubt it.
So I would like to thank you anonymous internet commentor for the huge waste of time.