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Impersonation is when someone pretends to be someone else. Impersonation is against the Community Guidelines. The Community Guidelines say to be honest, but when impersonating, you are deceiving the community. The impersonator will often include as much information they know about the real user they know about on their profile. If the user is the real user, they probably wouldn't worry about putting information about them on their profile because they are the real user and they're confident about it. The grammar can also be checked to see if it matches the real user's grammar. Impersonating is harmful because it can lead to flame wars and other types of trouble. The user being impersonated might get upset. If you find any cases of possible impersonation, immediately report it.
Generally, there is no action that fully prevents impersonation. Anyone can be impersonated, regardless of race, gender, personality, being a Scratcher, etc. However, there are some known factors that tend to make users more likely to be impersonated:
- Being famous or well known, such as a Scratch Team member, a user with a featured project, or a Scratcher that gets Front Paged a lot
- Sharing of personal information unnecessarily as defined in the Community Guidelines
Examples of Impersonation
|“||I am the real [...]!||”|
|“||I am official. This is my one and only account, [...].||”|
These can be real, but they can also be impersonation. The Scratch Team can be contacted using Contact Us if at some point a scratcher thinks that impersonation is happening or if the user is not sure if the user is telling the truth.
Another way to tell if a user is impersonating someone else is by looking at their username. Often, their username will be a blatant attempt to copy someone else's, such as changing capital i's and lowercase L's, and changing 0's and O's, or changing the spelling of words, for example if someone's username was "Example", someone might try to impersonate them by making their username "ExampIe", with a capital i. Sometimes, a user doesn't intend to copy someone else's username, but might have a similar username to someone else, however, they will not pretend to be that user. It's best to be careful before accusing someone of being an impersonator.