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30 minutes ago, RichardNotiny said:

is it against tos for someone to tell information about a person having an alt and exposing the alts name 

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Going to just add for clarification.  This is not allowed on LL property such as these forums, inworld or anything else directly owned and operated by LL.  Doing any of the above on other websites, emails, blogs, etc. is not within LL's control and therefore, not a violation.

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LL's reason for prohibiting "exposing" someone's alt has to do with privacy issues. But there is a much more practical reason why it's a bad idea: there's a very good chance that you are wrong.

There is no sure way to know if a given account is the alt of a particular person...or not. If they told you so, maybe they lied. If someone else told you so, maybe THEY lied, or were simply mistaken.

So-called "alt detectors" that work by comparing IP addresses are subject to both false positives and false negatives. Two people can have the same public IP address, for example if they are both logging in from the same college campus; one person can have two completely different public IP addresses at different times, or by masking their IP address by using a VPN.

You can guess whether an avatar is another's alt by their turns of phrase, either in text or in voice...but again, it's not a surefire method.

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