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The Truth, and An Apology
Well, it comes to this. I need to reveal that this is a sockpuppet account, originally begun to enter the Poo Lit Surprise contest, then subsequently as a warm-up suit to get myself back into the routine of writing again.
As RC said during the early planning, using socks for things like the PLS would be the most honest way to do things. It prevents names and reputations from creating undue influence in the judging, for better or for worse.
I agreed, and when my month hiatus from Uncyclopedia meant I would be effectively unable to enter my PLS ideas, I gave some thought to using a sock. I even said so publically in the #uncyclopedia chat channel. I can't remember the whole disclosure, but my ending line was something like: "If you read something that sounds like me, it's probably me." And I confirmed with RC by private message that I was entering the contest.
I thought it would be completely obvious to everyone given my style of writing, and my personality, which is given to much praise and thank-yous to others where they are due. Unfortunately, no one really made the connection, and my articles started attracting attention. The only one who guessed was RC, because he knew I was entering.
I understand if there is anger and disappointment with me for this. I can only say that if you read the notes I've written to various people, it's still me. My appreciation for people is the same, even in my PLS bear suit. I just should have taken it off immediately, instead of using it for a week to practice writing stuff like On a stick and Oscar Mayer.
You're within your right to cross me off your friend list, or fill my talk page(s) with hate messages, or do whatever it is you need to do to express your feelings on this. I'm bad at using sockpuppets. I tried for the contest, and instead, it just became me all over again. I'm sorry to everyone, most especially Claudius Prime, who will always be one of my favourite writers and human beings, and which is why I couldn't keep my hands off his excellent material before my "official" first day back here, May 1st.
- If anyone needs a confirmation, here it is. Todd told me he was entering the PLS under a different name, and confirmed that it was Bear when I guessed it during the judging period. One thing I'd like to point out is that, given Todd's previous history, any voter bias in the writing competition would most likely have been in his favor, so if anything he was leveling the playing field for others by posting his entries anonymously. I consider that as good a justification for an extra account as anything, especially considering that it wasn't entirely secret anyway.
- If anybody is upset about this I urge you to go through Bear's contribs and look for anything approaching dishonesty, manipulation or abuse. I'm pretty confident that you won't find it. If anything - especially for Claudius and other people who have actively collaborated with Bear - this will just make things easier for you since you know exactly who you're dealing with.
- That's it, basically. Full disclosure; full stop. —rc (t) 15:53, 5 May 2006 (UTC)