social science number
= S =
sock puppet n.
[Usenet: from the act of placing a sock
over your hand and talking to it and pretending it's talking back]
In Usenet parlance, a pseudo through which the puppeteer posts
follow-ups to their own original message to give the appearance
that a number of people support the views held in the original
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.