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Is it possible for me to make a new account and get it 15 reputation and after that vote on my old account?

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Sure. It's also possible the accounts will be merged or deleted. – Henk Holterman Jan 10 '12 at 18:15
Please don't downvote this, I don't remember it having been asked before and it's a perfectly cromulent question, if despicable. Now, if it's a dupe, let the downvoting begin. – jcolebrand Jan 10 '12 at 18:20
For further searching: the magic word is "sock-puppet". – Arjan Jan 10 '12 at 18:30
Tons of stuff has already been written on this subject. See meta.stackexchange.com/q/76418/1288, meta.stackexchange.com/q/37331/1288, and blog.stackoverflow.com/2008/12/vote-fraud-and-you – Bill the Lizard Jan 10 '12 at 18:38
@jcolebrand I understand the reasoning for your request not to down vote. However, I think it is almost universal that this type of behavior is not permitted on web communities. – Andrew Barber Jan 10 '12 at 18:50
Yeah I know @Bill, but how many people like Ahmad here won't get that right away? I think it's best to leave it unclosed so that others can find this – jcolebrand Jan 10 '12 at 18:50
@AndrewBarber see my comment just above this. It's all about the novices being able to find the information they want (assuming they search at all) and "sock-puppet" is not the same to most people as "new account vote" – jcolebrand Jan 10 '12 at 18:51
@jcolebrand As I said, I understand your reasoning here. I just don't think it makes that big of a difference. Anyone who truly does not knoww what a "sock puppet" is and thinks to ask the question quite possibly isn't going to seacrh at all, in the first place. – Andrew Barber Jan 10 '12 at 18:53
@AndrewBarber Not knowing what a "sock puppet" is doesn't mean much. Side rant: I dislike the use of the term "sock puppet" anyway. It doesn't translate across cultural borders very well and carries no semantic meaning in itself unless you're already familiar with the term. If someone with poor command of English commits vote fraud, yelling at them about "sockpuppets" is pointless. I wish we'd just use "multiple accounts" or "alternate accounts" or something along those lines along with "vote fraud" (since having many accounts isn't illegal per se). /ahem I digress, as per usual. :) – Adam Lear Jan 10 '12 at 18:58
@AnnaLear My comment wasn't really about the specific term; it was about what ever we decide to call the behavior. – Andrew Barber Jan 10 '12 at 19:01
@jcolebrand I don't understand why this question should be treated any differently than any other duplicate. We close questions for being duplicates with different wording all the time. That's how they get linked together. – Bill the Lizard Jan 10 '12 at 19:10
ok, how about don't close and delete it @BilltheLizard? For some reason I have it in my head that close-as-dupe means delete-in-30-days. – jcolebrand Jan 10 '12 at 19:29
@jcolebrand If I find a closer match I'll close it but not delete it. Questions closed as duplicates of others should definitely stick around as signposts. – Bill the Lizard Jan 10 '12 at 20:14
@BilltheLizard TimStone and TheUnhandledException tell me it's migrated questions that delete after 30 – jcolebrand Jan 10 '12 at 20:40
It isn't migrated question! – ahmadali shafiee Jan 10 '12 at 20:47

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Yes, it's possible.

However, we monitor voting patterns and eventually will detect that you're committing vote fraud. Your accounts will then be merged and you will be suspended for a period of time that's pretty much at the moderators' discretion and depends on the severity of the fraud.

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and if my new account rate everyone(not just me) can it be detected? – ahmadali shafiee Jan 10 '12 at 18:18
@ahmadalishafiee Yes. – Adam Lear Jan 10 '12 at 18:19
No problem and no detecting? – ahmadali shafiee Jan 10 '12 at 18:21
@ahmadalishafiee At this point it's like you walked into a police station and started asking them about their forensics procedures. You're not allowed to do it, so don't. The detectability isn't really important – Michael Mrozek Jan 10 '12 at 18:21
@moguzalp: "team work" as in "vote rings"? Not cool either. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 10 '12 at 18:27
@moguzalp We have tools that can detect vote rings. We bust them pretty regularly. – Adam Lear Jan 10 '12 at 18:27
@ahm, one example of what The Team is capable of: Where has my account gone on Stack Overflow? ;-) – Arjan Jan 10 '12 at 18:27
@ahmadali shafiee: I've merged them for you now. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 10 '12 at 18:29
@moguzalp I'm sorry, I don't understand what you're trying to describe there. – Adam Lear Jan 10 '12 at 18:31
@ahm, as for the votes that you will be missing tomorrow (3 in 11 seconds, and 8 in 4 minutes‌​, that sounds too good to be true), see Vote Fraud and You. – Arjan Jan 10 '12 at 18:58
@BoltClock'saUnicorn Since you're in the merge account mood anyway, would you mind merging my alt account stackoverflow.com/users/22656 into my main account stackoverflow.com/users/2915 ? Thanks a bunch! – Adam Davis Jan 10 '12 at 19:00
@AdamDavis, this is the second time you've made this request. Per our two-strike policy, your main account will now be deleted. Thanks for playing. – mmyers Jan 10 '12 at 19:04
@Arjan:Ok thanks! – ahmadali shafiee Jan 10 '12 at 19:05
@ahmadalishafiee WE SEE ALL – casperOne Jan 10 '12 at 19:12

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