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Diagnosing malicious puppetry

Internet fandom and RPGs probably have more experience with malicious sock-puppetry than other communities do. Is it possible to make checklists of "what to watch out for" and "how to guard against" that are not also how-to guides? So far the incidence of obsessive malicious puppetry in fandom has been pretty low, but individual puppeteers have wrecked an amazing amount of damage.

I'm trying to think if there's a way for fandom to help other online communities (e.g. political blogs, religious blogs, etc.) guard against malicious puppetry, which they may well be experiencing without knowing it. But I don't want to make it too easy for puppeteers to get started, either. On the other other hand, it looks as though the most extreme puppeteers managed to put together pretty similar bags of tricks without learning from each other.

I get the feeling that there's also a new DSM (psychiatric diagnostic manual) classification in this.
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