By creating sockpuppet accounts, you can fake more activity in discussions. This encourages real users to participate. Repeat until there are enough real users to sustain a community without sockpuppets.

Reddit did this, as they said in this interview. Others confirm the approach.

@Coder@lemmy.ml
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lemmy is already pretty active imo, so no need to fake that.

Ravn
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No.

Ravn
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To expand on this: No.

It’s an immoral, disingenuous practice employed by corporations in their quest for rapid growth to attract venture capitalists. We do not require growth.

@ksynwa@lemmy.ml
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raddle.me moment

@someone@lemmy.ml
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Did something similar happen over there?

@ksynwa@lemmy.ml
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Some user there confessed to making sock puppet accounts to fuel discussion. But I think it was in a specific subcommunity rather than a sitewide undertaking.

@realcaseyrollins@lemmy.ml
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I’m not opposed to it, but that needs to be done on a separate instance cuz plenty of people are put off by that kinda thing

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