Bounty question (for SO dev team only):
- why can a user vote two answers (written by the same contributor) from two separate questions in less than 3 seconds?
- Is there any way you can prevent massive upvote sequences (see below for the complete list)
- Can you trace back an upvote to an account?
Are the large rep drop I experienced (like this one) the result of account deletion?
(I don't mind the rep loss here, I only wonder how many accounts are on this little game?...)
(Note: I understand perfectly this is not a "high priority problem", and that you are otherwise very busy-busy.
I just wanted to point out that "phenomenon" to you guys.)
For the last 3 months, I have seen massive sequence of "serial" upvotes on my answers: from 10 to 30 upvotes on 10 to 30 different answers, one every 5 seconds.
It occurred almost every day in June and July, not too much in August. And it seems to pick it up again this month.
Today alone, I had 51 upvotes (29, and then 22, obviously from two different accounts), each "upvotes sequence" in less than 2 minutes.
As usual, I have flagged those votes to moderators.
This is ridiculous, since most of those votes are rescinded the next morning (but not all of them), and eventually deleted (when the dev team finds the culprit and delete his account).
Boosting my rep isn't even the goal since some of those instances take place when I have already more than 20 votes for the day.
But this is also annoying, especially regarding badges: I sometime gain badges due to those spurious votes, and then I don't gain others (badges are never taken back, except maybe for tag badges, meaning when those votes are removed, some of the recent badges are not valid anymore).
Does it make sense to cast votes on a same user's answers every 5 seconds?
Is there any way to control and prevent that kind of (up or down) votes cast on one user's answers with a so small interval between each votes?
- the "mechanical" aspect of those upvotes (always one every 5 seconds),
- the time of their occurrences (52 votes today means at least 30 won't add me any reputation anyway)
makes me think of some kind of API testing, not of a "fan" who would try to boost his/her preferred SO user.