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 +=======  Sockpuppeting  =======  
 +For the purposes of CheapCheapLah, 'sockpuppeting' is posting or voting for a deal or comp, or commenting without declaring affiliation with the company in question. 
  
 +Some examples:
 +
 +   * A person posts a deal or competition pretending to be a customer when they are actually associated with the company.
 +
 +   * A friend, family member, or employee comments on a deal or competition, or posts a deal or competition without declaring affiliation.
 +
 +   * A friend, family member, or employee votes on a deal or competition.
 +
 +   * The original poster creates extra accounts to vote and/or comment on their deal or competition.
 +
 +======  What you can do  ======    
 +
 +Reporting your suspicions is a good idea but as moderators have a multitude of sockpuppeting detection tools, it's best to leave the investigation to them rather than making public accusations. Please submit issues by either reporting the suspicious post/comment((You can find a 'Report' link on the bottom of each post and comment.)) or by starting a topic in the [[https://www.cheapcheaplah.com/forum/10041|Talk With A Moderator (TWAM) forum]].
 +
 +======  For those who get caught for sockpuppeting  ====== 
 +
 +If you are caught sockpuppeting, then you and possibly your store will be banned. The length of your ban (e.g. permanently or 1 month) depends on:
 +
 +   *the severity of the incident
 +   *initiating a dialogue with us through the [[https://www.cheapcheaplah.com/forum/10041|TWAM forum]]
 +   *a truthful explanation of the sockpuppeting
 +   *what policies you set to prevent this in the future
 +   *whether the sockpuppeting was intentional
 +
 +=====Are you guilty of sockpuppeting? (Posts/Comments)=====
 +
 +Are you....
 +   *working for the company? (all tiers - including management!)
 +   *on the companies payroll?
 +   *designing the companies website?
 +   *working as a marketer for the company?
 +   *designing/making/producing the product being sold?
 +   *related to someone mentioned above?
 +   *a contractor for the company?
 +
 +have you....
 +   *been asked by someone to post on this site?
 +   *been offered money/prizes/incentives to post this deal?
 +
 +If yes, its okay! All you need to do is declare your affiliation when posting a deal or making a comment.
 +
 +Simply tick the 'I am associated with the store' check box when posting a deal or 'I am associated with //Store Name// check box when commenting on a deal for your store that you didn't post. You can also mention your affiliation at the bottom of the deal post; Example: "Disclosure: I worked here over the holidays" or "I am a employee at one of the stores".
 +
 +=====Are you guilty of sockpuppeting? (Voting)=====
 +
 +have you....
 +   *been asked by someone to vote on their deal(s)?
 +   *been offered incentives to vote on a deal(s)?
 +   *decided to vote on someone's deal(s) who you know or a company you are associated with?
 +
 +If so, do not vote. Not only will your voting result in a ban on your account, it will also result in a ban for that store from posting on CheapCheapLah in the future.
 +
 +======  Accidentally not checking the rep box  ====== 
 +
 +Whilst we punish users for sockpuppeting, we understand that some reps may forget to check the rep box when posting. This may be due to a language barrier or simply forgetting to check the box. In cases where it's obvious that it is a rep posting, the moderators will check the rep box.
 +
 +======  References  ======  
 +[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sockpuppet|Wikipedia:Sockpuppeting]]