For example:


What does that mean? I have seen that and its ilk in a few posts by new users. Is that a, you know, thing now?

And, I hesitate to ask--feel free to ignore--but who or what is Nortonn S?

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Nortonn S is a suspended user.

The random punctuation is a trademark of his which he adds to sockpuppet posts. It's a reliable signpost and is helping my flag count — and probably that of others.

All of these "new users" are one person.

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    Thanks. What a villain! A Zorro flourish and everything.
    – tylerharms
    Mar 14, 2013 at 11:30
  • How come no-one blocks the IP he is using to post in your name?
    – mplungjan
    Mar 14, 2013 at 14:03
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    @mplungjan You may well ask! But I suspect that it's a dynamic IP address.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Mar 14, 2013 at 14:04
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    As for what it means, it looks a bit like an ASCII alligator.
    – MetaEd
    Mar 14, 2013 at 14:35
  • @MετάEd It bears a passing resemblence to Geek Code too, but I'm pretty sure that's not it.
    – T.E.D.
    Mar 22, 2013 at 18:09

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