Sock puppetry usually gets noticed quite quickly, so I don't see the extra code needed solving any major problem.
You can't tell sock-puppetry from from a dog-pile -- the problem was never claimed to be major
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James