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Is it possible to “cheat” on SE sites?

Before I ask my question, I'm going to make clear that I am not going to do this, I just want to know if it's possible.

Is it possible to make another user with a different account or a different e-mail and just upvote your original account's answers and questions? I know the community user keeps track of downvotes, but does it keep track of upvotes?

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    Yes, it is possible. No, it is not allowed. This is an offense that can lead to banning if it is detected by the moderators or an automatic script. Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 19:48
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    Serial upvoting is automatically detected by the system, so there's really no point in even trying.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 19:49
  • @animuson Yeah, I thought I told you I wasn't going to. Thanks for the clarification everyone!
    – CoffeeRain
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 20:00
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    No, it is not possible. We have super secret tools which can identify users sockpuppeting. Even seven proxies won't save you.
    – user1228
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 20:14
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    Are the seven Dobermans watching the gate a secret, or can I freely speak of them?
    – apaderno
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 20:19
  • I can see why it got closed, but I clarified at the beginning that I wouldn't do it. So you guys don't have to keep telling me that it's against the rules. I'm not discrediting your answers everyone, but I'm just letting you know.
    – CoffeeRain
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 21:42
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    It got closed because it's a duplicate. No one is accusing you of doing it, or even thinking about doing it. You asked if it would work, and if it was allowed. It would, but it's not. The answers to the duplicate say precisely that. Don't take offense at closure of questions as a duplicate. That helps keep the site clean and all the info in one place. Commented Feb 24, 2012 at 4:09

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This is called using a sock puppet and it is highly frowned upon. It's abuse of the system. It's possible, but definitely in no way recommended. People have been banned for this.

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    And yes, the Community user (for want of a better name for the process that actually does this) keeps track of it. Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 20:00

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