Admin Alts

Discussion in 'Forum & Website Management' started by Azareal, Mar 15, 2019 at 7:56 AM.

  1. Azareal

    Azareal Paragon

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    I think we've all been on one of those sites where people conveniently appear out of nowhere, talk in the same way, always flock to the admin's defence, sometimes cover really generic topics everyone knows supposedly only for the purpose of SEO, and have suspiciously activity patterns to that of the admin.

    Sometimes, the administrator will even go as far as assigning different personalities to them and will have one talk like his eight and another talk as if he's a bit more educated. It can be a bit of a rabbit-hole, as I've seen with some administrators.

    Alts on the other-hand are probably one of the best choices for bootstrapping a new forum, along with bringing in friends, etc. as-long as the alts disappear gradually as real members take their place and they're not used in really obvious ways all of the time.

    Sad to say, I've never really used alts, although the results from seeing other people use them almost makes me wish I had :p lol
    Has anyone here used alts? Has anyone seen alts? How often? Are they really obvious or more subtle?
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019 at 8:02 AM
  2. JoelR

    JoelR New Arrival

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    I use an alt account, but for a very specific purpose of posting community announcements and content.
     
  3. Bluezone777

    Bluezone777 Dinner Team Leader

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    I don't believe in intentionally deceiving people by using alt accounts to pose as someone else. The way I figured is if you can't have a decent forum without deceiving people then perhaps the days of having a decent forum are over. The only good reason I found for using an alt was to test permissions to ensure they worked properly.
     
  4. Azareal

    Azareal Paragon

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    I have a few alts like that for testing features. Plural because testing registration and anti-spam involves making a new account lol

    I usually don't call them alts though, just test accounts and they're usually labelled as such (if only so I don't confuse myself on what is real and what is not :p).
     
  5. Bluezone777

    Bluezone777 Dinner Team Leader

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    That's what I normally called them(Test accounts) as I usually named mine "Test" without the quote marks and even gave it its own user group named test account which it sat in when not in use.