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What happens if some of the users ask their friends to create accounts on stackoverflow and upvote all of their questions and answers and gain lots of reputation ? That is not allowed right ?

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does it matter? Rep is overrated anyways, it's not like it's money. – Brian Sep 7 '10 at 15:41
up vote 6 down vote accepted

If the votes are excessive, the voting abuse scripts will be activated and the votes along with associated reputation will be reversed. If it is just a few, then they will go unnoticed for the most part.

You could do it, but if you dig deep down, I think you will know the correct action and if this is right or wrong.

The ♦'s are always watching though and will take action if we notice anything.

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The ♦'s are always watching... – mmyers Sep 7 '10 at 15:57
@mmyers♦: Shouldn't it be "Big ♦ is watching you"? – Tobias Kienzler Sep 9 '10 at 8:20

This type of activity will be automatically detected by the vote-fraud detection scripts. The votes will be cancelled and the user's reputation recalculated. In addition, the Stack Overflow Team might take additional action, such as suspension or banning, where appropriate.

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Only if you get a single person to upvote you a lot, if you get everyone at work to upvote a single quesion of yours that the team needs the answer to, then the vote-fraud detection scripts will not kick in. – Ian Ringrose Sep 7 '10 at 17:11

Their accounts get deleted and they can never ever come back!

No, seriously, all those votes are rollbacked once a day when the anti-fraud script detects it -- no one got passed that for it to be such a problem to warrant a ban I think (yet).

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Then the super-duper algorithms that power the system eventually spot that it's happened and cancel out all of the up-votes.

It's really not worth it and above all, it's a little bit silly, really.

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