some of you...... chill! whatever your standard of ethics its f-ed to make a big deal out of faking a few ppl or posts on a FORUM.
and its not like it kills your site. i know a few places used the method early on. maybe a dozen fake members, and nothing bad happened. in fact some are doing well. one of them has over 200,000 posts and is active. also the owners are perfectly sane, lol...and no its not easy to be caught. i mean its just text!