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Is it possible to “cheat” on SE sites?

Before I ask my question, I'm going to make clear that I am not going to do this, I just want to know if it's possible.

Is it possible to make another user with a different account or a different e-mail and just upvote your original account's answers and questions? I know the community user keeps track of downvotes, but does it keep track of upvotes?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Ninefingers, Josh Caswell, Bill the Lizard Feb 23 '12 at 20:00

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Yes, it is possible. No, it is not allowed. This is an offense that can lead to banning if it is detected by the moderators or an automatic script. –  Cody Gray Feb 23 '12 at 19:48
    
Serial upvoting is automatically detected by the system, so there's really no point in even trying. –  animuson Feb 23 '12 at 19:49
    
@animuson Yeah, I thought I told you I wasn't going to. Thanks for the clarification everyone! –  CoffeeRain Feb 23 '12 at 20:00
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No, it is not possible. We have super secret tools which can identify users sockpuppeting. Even seven proxies won't save you. –  Won't Feb 23 '12 at 20:14
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Are the seven Dobermans watching the gate a secret, or can I freely speak of them? –  kiamlaluno Feb 23 '12 at 20:19
    
I can see why it got closed, but I clarified at the beginning that I wouldn't do it. So you guys don't have to keep telling me that it's against the rules. I'm not discrediting your answers everyone, but I'm just letting you know. –  CoffeeRain Feb 23 '12 at 21:42
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It got closed because it's a duplicate. No one is accusing you of doing it, or even thinking about doing it. You asked if it would work, and if it was allowed. It would, but it's not. The answers to the duplicate say precisely that. Don't take offense at closure of questions as a duplicate. That helps keep the site clean and all the info in one place. –  Cody Gray Feb 24 '12 at 4:09

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This is called using a sock puppet and it is highly frowned upon. It's abuse of the system. It's possible, but definitely in no way recommended. People have been banned for this.

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And yes, the Community user (for want of a better name for the process that actually does this) keeps track of it. –  Bill the Lizard Feb 23 '12 at 20:00

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