Top Ten Ways to Tell If a New Account Belongs to an Existing TopTenner

The Top Ten

1 The profile has friends and followers despite being brand new

Most original accounts gain members the old fashion way. They are used to create new lists and other content that other members find interesting. Those other members then choose to follow the new member so they can continue to see their contributions.

A new account that manages to quickly attract followers above and beyond what you would expect given their contributions and the time they have spent on the site is likely a puppet account.

Yeah this is obvious

I thought of making a 2nd account I case something happens to the b0ss account

2 The profile user seems to know how the site works

TheTopTens has a lot of moving pieces. Someone who immediately jumps in and creates posts and remixes, customizes their profile page, and interacts with other members seems like they have some experience with the site as opposed to someone who just created an account.

What if they were a visitor and stuck around to learn more about the site? That would be why they knew so much, so this item makes no sense.

The only experience I had with the site before I joined was typing comments on lists (I was a visitor on this site before June 2015)

This is my second account so I know all about it

3 The profile has made a remix of a TopTenner list like "the top ten users"

How would you know how to rank such a list if you barely arrived on the site?

This kind of thing is an obvious mistake th e user has made

4 The profile page says something like, "I'm a new user"

To be fair, we can't make the assumption that all people who state this are duplicates. I know a fair few genuine users who have done this when they were new, and later changed that. But still, new user or not, it's not necessary.

If an account was just created, it doesn't seem necessary to state the obvious. Doing so is often times a sign that the person is going too far to try to be convincing.

Mine clearly says that this is my second account

But what if a new user actually wanted to say that?

5 The profile is used to send you a message

It usually takes a while for most new members to start communicating with others. Also, by default, accounts are set to only allow people the user is following to send them messages. So a new account that immediately begins sending messages is more than a little suspect.

What if it's a new user who just wants to meet new people as they start their career on TTT? Just because it doesn't meet a default setting or messages before they make a list doesn't give reason to suspect them. If it's a familiar IP, that's one reason, but we can't jump to conclusions here.

I don't get what you mean

6 The profile comments show that the person knows about TopTenner popularity, drama, etc.

One thing I really love about TheTopTens is that it's so underrated, everyone knows each other. I have never found another site like that.

It is obvious when you think about it

7 The profile is created for the purpose of trolling

Does the profile only contain comments bashing other users or lists on the site? Then it makes sense the person behind it is trying to be nasty without hurting the reputation of their existing profile.

And to get votes on your own lists. I would never do this

Like Jekyll and Hyde.

8 The profile username is similar to that of another TopTenner's

Why would you create a copycat profile unless you knew the profile you are copying from belongs to a recognizable user?

Mine is but I meant it to be

9 The profile has lots of followers, remixes, or posts despite having few comments or lists

I don't think this is true with just second accounts

That happens to almost every TopTenner.

10 The user persona keeps getting more exaggerated

Ever notice how Comparisans's grasp of the English language has deteriorated over time? The old comments were intelligible and now they read just like those posted by the RevolNiartRuasonid account. Coincidence? Nope.

It is not against the rules of the site to say that someone is actually smarter than they are trying to make themselves appear to be.

This can happen with any user

The Contenders

11 They say on their profile that this is a second account.

The obvious

12 The profile user claims to be friends or relatives of an existing TopTenner

While not a fool proof way of identifying a puppet account, this is often times a tactic people use to explain how they are so familiar with the site and are immediately connected to other users. When paired with other items on the list, it's a pretty good indicator.

It's obvious that this isn't true

0.002% of the time it's true. I don't think people will want to tell their siblings about it, but I have read a couple of profiles and seen this happen.

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