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Is there a way to see who voted (upvotes and/or downvotes) on your answers and/or questions?

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    Votes are anonymous by design and there are features available to mods and devs to spot vote fraud. – ChrisF Dec 23 '11 at 12:29
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    @Scrooge is right, but if you sense strange voting behavior, don't hesitate to flag or contact administrators. – Mystery Dec 23 '11 at 12:31
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    I want to know who has eaten my last cookie, the one I kept for a special occasion! – kiamlaluno Dec 23 '11 at 14:56
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    Any time you see truly suspicious up-votes, flag for moderation. Give a concise, detailed, description of what you find odd about the situation. Moderators do look for "sock puppets" to prevent reputation inflation and the flags help to keep things honest. Feel free to downvote bad questions and answers, too. Every bit helps. – sarnold Dec 24 '11 at 3:57
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    I have found that reporting anything to the mods is useless, no offense Christ but its a fact that I have observed first hand. If you report someone they know or are friends with, you are SOL. I can't tell you how I know but I know for a fact. If people were not anonymous in their voting, then they would be less likely to be purposely vengeful and/or destructive in their goal to mothball someone's legitimate question because they know they can be publicly held accountable for bad behavior. This would deter trolling. After all if you do something, you should stand by your action or don't do it. – GµårÐïåñ Nov 7 '13 at 6:13
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    I, personally, would like to know if any of the high-ranking members of StackOverflow, those for whom I have a great deal of respect, like Jon Skeet, have ever upvoted any of my posts. – Bob Kaufman Feb 5 '16 at 15:04
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No, voting is by design anonymous. Not even ♦ moderators have access to information on individual votes.

The only way you will find out who voted for you is if someone decides to leave a comment saying so and maybe their reason. This doesn't mean they couldn't be lying also.

(To tell if, and how, you voted on a specific post, your votes are stored in a database. And of course Stack Exchange employees do have access to that information, but it's only used in exceptional circumstances, such as investigating voting fraud.)

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    Woah. Word for word. =:) Just different punctuation. – Simon P Stevens Aug 6 '09 at 23:14
  • @TheTXI - Thx for the quick response. – AieshaDot Aug 7 '09 at 0:14
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    Even the cross comments were seconds apart – perbert Oct 10 '09 at 16:39
  • Can't you get this kind of information from the database dump? Not in real-time, of course, but eventually? – Graeme Perrow Oct 10 '09 at 19:22
  • Somebody is voting down all my questions >D – Giancarlo Ventura Granados Feb 5 '15 at 23:24
  • Ok I understand that Developers do but What about community/site moderator? – Pandya Dec 3 '16 at 2:57
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No. Voting is anonymous.

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    Wow...0 seconds apart – TheTXI Aug 6 '09 at 23:14
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    I don't think I have -ever- seen that happen before. – TheTXI Aug 6 '09 at 23:14
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    We need to vote up both posts at the same pace too. – Tyler Carter Aug 6 '09 at 23:26
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    Even the cross comments were seconds apart – perbert Oct 10 '09 at 16:39
  • @Pierre.Vriens The support site (meta.stackexchange.com/help/security-reports) recommends that you contact them directly (meta.stackexchange.com/contact) if you have found a bug or security vulnerability. I suggest you do that. If you don't get a resonable response, you should consider following a responsible disclosure process (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsible_disclosure) where you publish in stages, giving SE a chance for fix the problem before the final details are made public. – Simon P Stevens Apr 20 '17 at 20:49
  • It should be a comment. – RameshRams Dec 18 '17 at 14:45
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By design, the site has anonymous voting. Except for developers, NO ONE has access to viewing such things, not even moderators. Having voting made public would cause nothing but problems

  1. Users may bug others about down votes they gave out

  2. Who needs to know up votes? You just got +10, what more could you ask for?

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    3. If someone know that you upvoted something, he could theorically pay you (unlikely to happen on SE sites, but real votations are secret because of that). Where "real" means "elections in countries" (I don't pretend to say SE votes are not real XD) – GameDeveloper May 18 '15 at 9:59

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