According to this post from Stack Exchange staff member SpencerG:

Questions surrounding the Typst proposal encouraged us to examine the support for the proposal and whether it was being propped up by sock activity. When I examined the supporter activity, it became clear that around 55% of its supporters appear to be socks and exist solely to prop this proposal up.

Does "sock activity" refer to sock puppet activity?

Why would a person or entity want to use "sock activity" to push a proposal for a Typst SE? Who stood to benefit and how?

  • It would benefit typst to have free outsourced support for typst in the form of a typst.se. Commented Apr 30 at 19:03
  • @ThomasMarkov Thanks. Feel free to write that as an answer, and I'll upvote it. Commented May 1 at 6:54
  • To anonymous downvoter: Anonymous downvoting without providing any recommendation of how to improve a post is not helpful. Commented May 1 at 6:55
  • Downvotes are still helpful without comments. They help to signal to other users how the broader community views a post. An unexplained downvote may not help you specifically to improve the post, but there are lots of other uses for downvotes that need no explanatory comment. Commented May 1 at 7:26
  • @ThomasMarkov According to the official help system, down-voting is for a post that "contains wrong information, is poorly researched, or fails to communicate information". See stackoverflow.com/help/why-vote Commented May 1 at 7:33
  • Importantly, anonymous downvoting without helpful feedback discourages community participation, which is antithetical to the purpose of Stack Exchange. Of course, it can be appropriate for spam, as we all want to discourage "participation" by spammers! Commented May 1 at 7:37
  • @EndAntisemiticHate Not necessarily the downvoter, but it's probably because the question doesn't really communicate any real info.
    – CrSb0001
    Commented May 4 at 16:43
  • @CrSb0001 Yes, I agree it doesn't. But that's because it's a question, not an answer. ;) Commented May 5 at 3:53


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