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After reading this question:

I had a strong sense of deja vu. Gooling for some code in the question led me to these other questions:

The style, type of data, and titles of the questions a very similar, leading me to believe this is actually a single person. My questions are:

  • Can it be verified these accounts belong to the same person, .e.g using ip-address?
  • Can these accounts be merged, or is it fine to let them co-exist.
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Just flag one of the posts for moderator attention and use a custom message to explain the situation. If there is anything which needs moderator involvement, they will take care of it. –  Bart Mar 19 '13 at 11:00
Those three questions don't really look anything like each other. –  animuson Mar 19 '13 at 12:36
@animuson The similarities are a little subtle unless you're (a) familiar with R and (b) following the R tag regularly. I agree that they are not exactly the same, but I also agree with Paul that they are likely from the same person (or people, working on the same project). –  joran Mar 19 '13 at 15:05
IPs reveal a nice little group of very similar users who all tend to ask bad R questions. Downvoters are definitely wrong here. No sign of vote fraud, but possible quality ban avoidance. –  Won't Mar 19 '13 at 16:21
Why did it get all the downvotes in the first place? Weird. If it's for not knowing that you can better flag in this situation...that's not all that obvious. –  Bart Mar 19 '13 at 18:49
That is how the system works on meta, I proposed something and people can down/upvote if they disagree or agree with me. –  Paul Hiemstra Mar 19 '13 at 18:52
@PaulHiemstra: No evidence. –  Won't Mar 20 '13 at 13:05

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

First of all: having more than one account is not prohibited, but using multiple accounts to commit voting fraud or evade bans is. So, as long as those accounts do not interact (answering one another's questions, etc) there is nothing wrong here.

As such, you also don't need to leave a public comment asking the person if they are using multiple accounts.

Beyond throwing peanuts from the gallery, there is nothing we can do here on Meta. If there is an issue here, then that is something for the moderators to suss out. Flag a post on one of the accounts, present your evidence and move on.

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I like peanuts. –  J. Steen Mar 19 '13 at 13:26

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