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Strangest Story Never Told - help with a sock puppet?

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    Anti-sock puppet tactics...

    Block said sock puppet's email address or phone number, etc... Done.

    You're welcome.
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    Works great at keeping the same banned trolls from joining forums.... Lol at the idea it's by phone. Voice-disguising tools - this isn't Catfish.

    I don't think that person would quickly create another ID to talk to me. I wouldn't quickly be confident it's a new version if that person ever did it again. I would block right now if I thought the intent is malicious; I don't willingly interact with enemies. I don't even think the sock puppet exists mainly for interaction with me. That being said, I'd rather currently invest energy to find out what it's all about and get some free insider info. I keep dropping little tidbits to lead down paths that gather info about the sock puppet, but it rarely works. The person is too smart, somewhat non-compliant in general, and doesn't feel bad about being deceptive. Maybe I can catch the person in a slightly buzzed moment, but there's a stated dislike of heavy drinking and probably any drug use. I can try a sleepy moment; I'm up later than that person, who I've seen reply past a normal bedtime there. I need to remind myself that the person often is busy with work during normal hours - just brief replies - and focus on other times for probing discussion. So, just writing about it here helps me better my craft.
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    Sounds like you're enjoying the game. So, carry on.

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    Sometimes I enjoy small moments. Most of the time I'm frustrated. I am overdue for transparency and important disclosures that I don't think will ever happen. Also, if it isn't who I think it is, then it's a total dead end about identity. Someone is using my persistence for something. Later I'm going to creatively (for my amusement) present my opponent with information that I think I know who it is, and if that doesn't make a difference, maybe I'll end it.

    Edit: I want to make something clear. The person has engaged in and convinced me to engage in slightly undermining a company's mission (it's a company the public does not respect). Nothing illegal or top-secret, but still if that person is an employee and I had strong written evidence of that and I contacted the company..... I'm not trusted - trust was never established - and it still wouldn't be worth that risk for the sock puppet to even moderately suggest the real identity. My plan means communicating who I think it is in a way that maybe only one person would understand and hope for a vague acknowledgement and improved communication, if that person wants to do more than vent and be obtuse. If I thought more good dirt or sneaky tactics were coming, I might put up with the sock puppetry, but I don't think there's much left.
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    I've made no real progress on that. Attempts to bait into valuable answers don't go anywhere. I've been building a psychological profile of the person and think the attitude of my opponent is "Normal is boring," based on being weird and interest in weird behavior by others. That's bad for me, because making it fairly obvious to that person that I know what's up to get a confession would be rejected as removing the weirdness (and therefore fun) of it all. I'll go for it anyway, though.

    Edit: I want to mention that I learned of someone else in that company, who used to work in the same department and might have heard of me from some comments online. It's possibly that person, who also seems weird, but by age alone, I'm doubtful.

    For the benefit of anyone reading, I did notice the sock puppet building a fake network of contacts. Probably not much about fooling me, since I can easily see that happening. The point is that people will do that and you might be talking to a fake even if someone has hundreds of 'friends' or whatever and doesn't claim to be a celeb or look hot. If contacts don't interact with the person and can be linked without their cooperation, be careful. I don't think Catfish even explains that, and that person admitted having watched Catfish.
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    I think that's over. Some topics of discussion were interesting, including some more dirt about goings-on not yet told to the public, but I think the person was winding it down, in part from having crusaded against the company as far as it probably can go. After I mentioned, in a clever, cloaked way, that I think that's an individual I knew years ago, I haven't heard anything back. Unfortunately, I didn't get a small favor I hoped to get out of it.

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    Spoke too soon. The person resumed talking. Did not acknowledge what I strongly implied about who I think that is. My priority is the favor. Maybe later I might suggest another means of conversing. The person isn't out to get me, and therefore keeping it going probably does no harm.

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    Update: I never stopped talking to that person, but it's become less frequent.

    Recently the person posted some info to the world that, if true (which it very likely is), means it's someone else. I then did some searching and quickly found a third party (acquaintance of the original) that seemed to match many key details. I started confronting, and then realized one major similarity was my imagination, and the mysterious person denied sharing the account, knowing of me from before, or being anyone in disguise and claims not have to another account on the site. Isn't actually mad, still talking. Just evaded a question about why having that account and didn't deny technically the possibility of being in cahoots to disclose negative info about the major company (although has said tired of talking about that). Also, didn't rule out that the friend from there is my old, weird online acquaintance. The only thing I haven't asked that might get answered is whether the employee might know of me. If you have any strategies, please tell.

    I think the biggest lesson I've learned is to wonder if a suspicious account is a shared account. A few Catfish episodes have revealed such situations, but it's not something people consider while they're going through the weirdness.

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