What is this? Can we please have some way of receiving an explanation? This seems like a system to punish people for leaving too many good answers. Although I did receive a lot of upvotes in a short time, I assume that reflects someone's genuine approval.

  • uh... this is something that's been in place from the very beginning; it's just now being made public. Next time, hope that they upvote others too. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:13
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    Someone voted thirty-five times on you, and you think that's legit? (minimum 35 times) Mar 5, 2012 at 8:15
  • Who are 'they'? Why are their votes considered illegitimate?
    – Marcin
    Mar 5, 2012 at 8:15
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    @AndrewBarber To be fair, once triggered, all votes from A to B since the beginning of time are reversed. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:16
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    @AndrewBarber Why wouldn't it be legitimate? Perhaps more interestingly, why would anyone target my account for two days of upvoting?
    – Marcin
    Mar 5, 2012 at 8:17
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    @Andrew 35 times can be legitimate - it depends entirely on context Mar 5, 2012 at 8:20
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    He has a point. What if someone had read his answers long ago and promised himself to reward the guy eventually? He finally got around to making an account and decided to return the favor. That's perfectly legit.
    – Someone
    Mar 5, 2012 at 8:21
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    @Marcin If you look at the upvotes you received, a lot of them are given on different questions within seconds of each other over a periods of several minutes. That's most likely not normal voting behavior. As for why...we can only guess.
    – Bart
    Mar 5, 2012 at 8:22
  • @MarcGravell et al: from my understanding, since confirmed, it was 35 up votes in just a day or two. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:25
  • Lots of upvotes in the same time means the same person serially upvoting your posts - and no, it doesn't reflect genuine approval it reflect one single person who want to give you reputation. And as this person can be your friend (even if you didn't invite him) this can be considered as tricking the system. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:26
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    @AndrewBarber yes, that might be a problem. But it isn't just the "35" that matters - for example, after a few years I'm pretty sure there's a lot more than 35 votes each way between, say, myself and Jon Skeet. That's all I was saying. Mar 5, 2012 at 8:28
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    @MarcGravell: This is going to be the new flavor of trolling--just go and upvote someone alot. They get lots of rep quick, then its reversed with an unhelpful note in their rep page that's slightly accusatory. Makes for lots of drama.
    – user1228
    Mar 5, 2012 at 16:53
  • @Won't: I hope you're wrong, but I bet you're not.
    – Marcin
    Mar 5, 2012 at 16:58
  • @Marcin: I'm actually hoping I'm right. Not that I'd use it on anybody. Nope.
    – user1228
    Mar 5, 2012 at 17:00
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    @Wont this part of the code hasn't change in over 2 years so "new" is dubious Mar 5, 2012 at 17:31

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If you mean today, that was an automated check - no individual moderator was involved, but those checks are very conservative - and this has triggered twice in a matter of days. If a random user suddenly starts upvoting you overwhelmingly and consistently for a sustained duration, then yes: that will be treated as suspicous. Because it is.

On SO, the emphasis is on a post, not a user. If suddenly a user upvotes all your answers... that is not normal site activity.

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    when I first joined, I know I found some awesome answers, upvoted, and followed other answers from those users out of curiosity (and a desire to learn from the best) -- and voted accordingly, before I found out about the automatic trouble-finding tools.
    – sarnold
    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:06
  • @sarnold and as long as you weren't excessive - no harm done. Mar 5, 2012 at 9:07
  • I'm not known for "moderation"... :) I'm curious if it is possible to trip the thing just playing FGITW with some other high-quality answerers. There's a handful of guys who hit the same tags I do every day and I know I up-vote those same handful of guys over and over again...
    – sarnold
    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:10
  • @sarnold it shouldn't be a problem in regular site usage; I'm pretty sure there's plenty of votes between, say, myself and Jon Skeet Mar 5, 2012 at 9:15
  • I just hope it's got some mechanism to account for fanboyism :D
    – sarnold
    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:16
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    Actually, I'd prefer if it captures some fanboyism. I'd like it if someone's reputation were a reflection on how much the community appreciates their answers and not just one obsessive. It may be useful if SO had a number showing us how many different people contributed to someone's reputation. Jul 9, 2012 at 7:26

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