操纵傀儡是指违反社群通行准则使用多个账户的行为。 通常而言，用户应仅使用一个账户，不过在特定情况下可被容许使用多个账户。 如果一名用户拥有多个账户，则建议用户在相关账户的用户页提供其它账户的链接。
The major complaints about sock puppetry are where undisclosed accounts are used:
- to circumvent the principle of "One person, one vote" in community discussions (talk pages, votes, etc.)
- to circumvent community account blocks.
Communities may have a variety of specific rules to address the circumstances of multiple accounts — acceptable or unacceptable use. Though there is a general acceptance through the Wikimedia community that the principle of "one person, one vote" is a circumstance that should be a base for community participation.
Generally the issue of sockpuppetry is a local issue to be managed by each community, there are occasions, however, when the matter will be dealt with universally within the Wikimedia communities. This is usually in the more severe cases and depending on the circumstances and the severity it can involve the use of community global block and/or global lock.
- Creating an illusion of support: Alternative accounts must not be used to give the impression of more support for a position than actually exists.