By Ryan McGreal
Published October 01, 2009
An individual has attempted to 'game' the RTH comment scores by creating multiple sock puppet accounts and mass downvoting selected comments. This is a clear violation of the RTH user guidelines and a betrayal of the trust that goes along with participating in an online community.
It is trolling taken to the next level, and it will not be tolerated. Sock puppet accounts will be deleted without warning or notice.
We will not allow this site to be overrun by trolls.
If necessary, we may also modify the comment voting process so that registered users must achieve a minimum comment score threshold before the ability to vote on other comments takes effect. If that isn't enough, we may need to change the user confirmation process so that addresses from throwaway email providers are disallowed.
But ultimately this is nothing more than an arms race, an endless competition for a relative positional security. Frankly, it's a stupid waste of time when there are so many more pressing issues to deal with, but trolls delight in wasting people's time. It's their raison d'être, and it's why RTH had to implement comment scoring in the first place.