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Just noticed all new questions on SO getting a single up-vote each.

That looks rather suspicious - all upvoted within seconds of each other.

Is someone trying to achieve the Suffrage badge without looking at the merit of each question?

Here are some of the upvoted questions:

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Try the Electorate badge –  random Jan 8 '11 at 18:42
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@random - fair point. Still, I would call this misuse. –  Oded Jan 8 '11 at 18:45
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@Oded hmm, maybe it's abuse, but there probably isn't much that can be done about it. It's hard to tell a frivolous question vote from a "real" one –  Pëkka Jan 8 '11 at 18:49
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This problem is definitely as old as the Electorate badge. Suffrage amounts to at most one day and 30 votes of abuse; Electorate is 20 days and 600 votes. –  Aarobot Jan 8 '11 at 18:51
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@Aarobot yeah. The Electorate badge is a bad one anyway because of the "25% of votes must be on questions" mandate. That really sucks. –  Pëkka Jan 8 '11 at 18:55
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@Pekka: I just don't vote for answers on any new sites, unless it's either really bad or really good. –  Aarobot Jan 8 '11 at 18:56
    
Surely seeing multiple upvotes in a very short timespan is an indication of this phenomenon? –  Oded Jan 8 '11 at 19:31
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@Aarobot Great plan –  Michael Mrozek Jan 8 '11 at 19:45
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Perhaps increase the time limit between voting on two questions? I can't think of myself legitimately voting on two separate questions within a few seconds. –  marcog Jan 8 '11 at 19:53
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Now as a dev you can dig in the old data and find out yourself. :D –  Shadow Wizard Jul 27 at 10:12

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That's a rather bold assumption you're assuming here :

Is someone trying to achieve Suffrage without looking at the merit of each question?

What's to say that s/he isn't trying to achieve the Electorate badge?

Users can vote however they like. It's their vote. Although it's definitely strongly recommended to vote on the quality of the post itself, there is nothing to stop a user from voting based on the direction of the wind that day.

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I'll upvote this, even though I think you may have only answered for a revival / necromancer badge ;) –  PeterJ Jul 27 at 2:00
    
@PeterJ What about the Enlightened badge? –  Shokhet Jul 27 at 6:21
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-1 the wind is definitely blowing east here today. –  Jan Dvorak Jul 27 at 10:21
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@PeterJ upvoted your comment, even though I suspect you only commented to get the Pundit badge :-) –  Eran Jul 27 at 13:50

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