Being on this site for a while I am becoming suspicious of users having multiple accounts. I have no proof but it seems some conversations in comments go a little too smoothly. I wonder if this is a good practice for such a site? And if it doesn’t give special privileges where there shouldn't be, and at the same time prioritize the direction of questions and conversations allowed.

I appreciate any tags this would require.

  • If you think there is an illegitimate use of sockpuppets, feel free to flag posts of them so we can have a reasonability check using the means available. – Philip Klöcking Nov 23 '18 at 22:21

This has been asked on Meta.SE. See here and here.

Based on those answers: the policy is that it's okay as long as such users don't abuse their multiple accounts. To quote from one of the answers:

If the second account allows you to do something on the site that your normal account would be prevented from doing, it is abuse. Examples of this include (but are not limited to):

  • Voting on your own posts or comments
  • Answering your own questions with the other account(s)
  • Casting multiple votes on others' posts or comments
  • Supporting your own arguments ("+1: shog is right, don't know why the rest of you don't realize this")
  • Using bounties to circumvent the rep cap
  • Circumventing suspensions, quality bans, or the rate limits on posting questions / answers / comments / etc.

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