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As often as not when I access the site after a long time away, I get some vote within just a couple of minutes. It's almost as if someone else notices that I'm back on the site. Does the Community User nudge some of my questions/answers when it notices that I've connected again after a layoff?

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Most likely this is just coincidence or somebody is messing with your psyche. I'm going to chalk it up to coincidence--you have a huge number of answers, and people are browsing them all of the time. Given that I have a fraction on your work and I get random upvotes on old answers, I can only imagine that this is a much more frequent occurence for you.

The paranoia comments reminded me of one of my favorite exchanges in Catch-22 by Joseph Heller that I felt like sharing because what the hell. It goes (paraphrased):

Yossarian: "They're trying to kill me!"

Clevinger: "Nobody's trying to kill you!"

Yossarian: "Then why are they shooting at me?"

Clevinger: "They're shooting at everybody!"

Yossarian: "And that makes a difference?!"

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I like the "messing with his psyche" approach more! It's a stalker, tvanfosson! Hide out! – Ladybug Killer Aug 25 '09 at 12:53
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The fact that you are paranoid doesn't mean you are not being followed. – perbert Aug 25 '09 at 13:07
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Eric, I think this is the second time I complain about to be unable to upvote your edit. – Ladybug Killer Aug 25 '09 at 13:13
    
Possibly the greatest book ever. – devinb Aug 25 '09 at 13:57
    
It's still seems to be happening regularly. I'm going to choose to believe that the system simply likes me and saves up a vote to use to welcome me back. :-) – tvanfosson Dec 8 '09 at 12:49

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