A monitor/moderator/website admin can easily identify the IP address(es) of posters thus quickly identifying sock puppets. Also, a monitor can see whether or not I’m posting from my workplace or my home residence and whenever I’m out of the country.While IP addresses need not be static, in this age of constant 24/7 broadband connectivity, it is more than likely that a poster’s IP address will be constant, if not always from a restricted range assigned to their ISP.
So. What to make of the rhetorical query recently made? Veiled threat? A wagging finger? Has this alleged established sock puppet engaged with its master (i.e. creating a straw-man argument for instance) or simply adopted a persona, with comments directed to all, that is 100% satirical and is obviously a literary device? The latter of course. And if the open secret is revealed, what then? Would the other regulars see it as a loss to the forum? I certainly would.
Now, the newer sock puppet. What purpose has he? Simply to create straw-man arguments? That’s a rather poor show.
You’re right, it is getting uglier and uglier.