Stacy McCain continues to expose Neal Rauhauser. His latest post is titled ‘Persona Management’ for Wackjobs: Rauhauser’s Methods of Deception and quotes Rauhauser on the dangers of using sock puppets:
You have habits that include:
The time(s) of day you are active
The language you speak
The situational knowledge you have when interacting with a certain group
The software you prefer to use
Quirks of spelling, punctuation, and other subtle hints as to identity
Whatever objective you have in approaching the venue
The following are some failure modes we’ve personally experienced over the years:
Used a pet phrase from a persona in a venue we frequented — instant outing
Used bit.ly link shortened from a known account via Twitter — instant outing
Disclosed specific software preferred during conversation, not a full outing but it brought scrutiny that made the effort fail eventually
Use of phone number that had a single obscure Google hit — instant outing.
We often feel we’re being clever in constructing a persona but we generally fail miserably due to time constraints.
Indeed. As Rauhauser is soon to learn, he sucks at persona management, and his “failure modes” are far more extensive than he previously realized.
Which is as good a way of teasing my future post on the “Gaped Crusader” as I can imagine.
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