They are, however, avoiding scrutiny, as evidenced by widespread
disapproval of their actions. That is not a permissible use of socks. The
community expects to place more scrutiny on paid editors, not less.
On Jan 6, 2014 6:23 AM, "Andreas Kolbe" <jayen...@gmail.com> wrote:

> That doesn't follow to me from that wording, Nathan. The English Wikipedia
> for example allows socking to enable contributors to contribute to articles
> that they would rather not have their real-life name or normal Internet
> persona associated with.
>
> User:John Smith is allowed to create an account named
> User:ColourfulCharacter to edit those articles. In doing so, he is not
> using "the username *of another user* with the intent to deceive".
>
> There is no other user of that name. (The only exception would be if there
> were a user called User:ColorfulCharacter, say, and Smith's intent was to
> create confusion between the two accounts.)
>
> User:John Smith is using a secondary screen name to obscure the fact that
> both accounts are operated by the same person. And that is allowed.
>
> I don't even see that Wiki-PR infringed the letter of that section, as a
> normal person would read it. Just like John Smith, they did not use the
> name of some other user. They created multiple accounts. There was no other
> user whose username they used, or whom they tried to impersonate.
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM, Nathan <nawr...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 8:01 AM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Nathan,
> > >
> > > I am unable to find a mention of sockpuppetry in the Terms of Use,
> > whether
> > > in Section 4 or elsewhere.
> > >
> > > http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Terms_of_Use
> > >
> > > I don't think there could be such a mention, really, given that project
> > > policies recognise a number of legitimate uses of socks.
> > >
> > > A.
> > >
> > >
> > The term isn't used, but the behavior is clearly encompassed by the
> > prohibition described in the "Engaging in False Statements, Impersonation
> > or Fraud" - specifically "using the username of another user with the
> > intent to deceive."
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