So I've brought up the subject of Qworty a couple of times before. Fortunately, Andrew Leonard is riding that beat pretty hard, so he's got another update for us. Beyond that, the folks over at Wikipedia are working to squelch his many, many sockpuppet accounts. I just wanted to copy and paste the following list they compiled, because it is somewhat awe-inspiring.

  • Toland was created and used only for six edits on January 18, 2005. Five were fluffing the biography of Robert Clark Young, the sixth put his book into a list.
  • Goddard was created and used only for three edits on April 11, 2005. Toland fluffed the biography of Robert Clark Young.
  • Yossarian57 was used just once, on July 5, 2005, to fluff the biography of Robert Clark Young.
  • Furs4Sale was used five times on August 9, 2005, all on the Robert Clark Young bio.
  • NathanW was used only twice, on September 6, 2005, to add interwiki links to Robert Clark Young.
  • StuyvesantSam was used only two times, on October 19, 2005, to puff up the Robert Clark Young bio.
  • Berenise, the account created on December 13, 2005, performed many different edits, with a lot of them concentrating on making Robert Clark Young look better and his real life enemies look bad. The eighth edit of Berenise was brought to the talk page of Robert Clark Young, asserting that Berenise was privy to "Mr. Young's views" about a plagiarism case.
  • John Bryson was created on September 26, 2006. His first handful of edits were removals of lengthy discussions at Talk:Robert Clark Young, to take out negative information that Alabamaboy added about how Robert Clark Young had written his own Wikipedia page, and how the user Berenise was really Robert Clark Young.
  • Mangawood, the account created on January 15, 2007, made only one edit: adding a personal anecdote about Robert Clark Young to an article, something that only Robert Clark Young would know.
  • The only edit of Aguinaldo Prescott, the account created March 8, 2007, was to add Robert Clark Young to a list of comic novel writers.
  • Lobby Closer was created March 8, 2007, and made only this one edit about Robert Clark Young.
  • Taking Leave 47, created on March 8, 2007, made just one edit: adding Robert Clark Young to an article.
  • Boating Helvetia, the account created March 8, 2007, removed what he called "Christopher Wunderlee's vanity self-promotion". Both Young and Wunderlee are writers.
  • Army Brat 1972, the account created on March 9, 2007, emphasized plagiarism by Brad Vice, and crowed about denial of his tenure.
  • Broom Hair, created on March 9, 2007, removed several assorted bits about Dan Schneider, and demeaned him in a dab page. Schneider is a writer.
  • New Teeth was created March 9, 2007, and has no visible edits.
  • Good Shoestore was created March 9, 2007, and quickly moved to delete the biography of Dan Schneider (writer).[1]
  • Professor Ron Hill was created March 9, 2007, and made three edits, two of them voting to delete the biography of Dan Schneider (writer), in support of Good Shoestore.[2]
  • Quiet Place was created March 9, 2007, and he concentrated on StorySouth, a literary journal. He emphasized the plagiarism of Brad Vice in a series of edits which were reverted by SouthernNights who identified Quiet Place as a sockpuppet who cyberstalked Alabamaboy.
  • Qworty was created on March 10, 2007. His first-ever edit was to archive the talk page of Robert Clark Young, which serves to remove that content one click further away from reader access. The content included much negative material.
  • Geri Litton was created June 29, 2007. His second edit was a response to Qworty on an article talk page, in support of Qworty's idea which had not attracted any other comment.
  • Tuscan Doges was created June 30, 2007. He targeted Mountainwriter.

Impressive, no? Coming up with all the stupid names sounds as if it would have been a chore though, at least for me. Actually getting your sock identity to resemble a separate person is probably harder than it sounds as well. Sometimes I find myself casting a skeptical eye at some of the burner accounts around here, because seriously, sometimes shit sounds just plain off. What's in a name? Some are "realer" than others — like how you just know that someone with the username BeyonceIsTheLastUnicorn has to be legit. Like, no way would some random jerk be able to come up with that one, not in a million years.