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I just saw this question. It has 60 revisions, the same user adding and removing the same line of text.

I noticed it because the OP has 51 edit reviews, of the same post. So probably something went wrong in the database.

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    The timestamps differ—I would suspect something else is going on here (possibly one user trying to get his second account rep from suggested edits?) – waiwai933 Dec 27 '12 at 8:50
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    I say the user found a way to re-submit the same two suggestions over and over again, gaming the system. Badge harvesting! – Martijn Pieters Dec 27 '12 at 8:50
  • Together with some sock puppetry; most edits have been approved by one 'Alligator', the OP of the question in fact. – Martijn Pieters Dec 27 '12 at 8:52
  • Soo dumb of him o.O – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Dec 27 '12 at 8:52
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    There is no rollback involved as far as I can tell, just gaming the system. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Dec 27 '12 at 8:58
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    Hmm.. think you also found a nice bug: 12 edits (no matter who made them) should convert a post to Community Wiki however in this case it's still not CW probably because suggested edits are not counted. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Dec 27 '12 at 9:00
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    Oh good gawd. – Tim Post Dec 27 '12 at 9:05
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    Aw man, this guy. He "reported me to SO" for allegedly downvoting one of his horrible (deleted) questions. That was fun. – Charles Dec 27 '12 at 9:06
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    I've contacted those that needed to be contacted privately and dealt with what needed to be dealt with. Thanks for shining a light on this. Of all the ways to game the system, this one never crossed my mind. – Tim Post Dec 27 '12 at 9:17
  • @ShaWizDowArd: I think for CW you need a certain number of different authors. – Martijn Pieters Dec 27 '12 at 9:40
  • @MartijnPieters nope, I'm 99.999% sure that 12 edits of OP also makes it CW. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Dec 27 '12 at 9:41
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    @ShaWizDowArd: What are "Community Wiki" posts? five different users, or 10 edits by the original owner. – Martijn Pieters Dec 27 '12 at 9:43
  • @MartijnPieters yeah, for some reason always thought 10 edits as a "total limit" of edits. So looks like two, three or four users can edit a post hundreds of times without making it CW. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Dec 27 '12 at 9:44
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This is case of sock-puppetry and badge harvesting. The OP has approved most of the suggested edits, and they are all separate.

Flag the post for moderator attention, I certainly will.

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    Might also be just two friends, but this is obviously bad behavior and they both should be warned and suspended if they keep doing it. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Dec 27 '12 at 8:57
  • @ShaWizDowArd: I reported it as such ("sockpuppet or friends"); but the definition of a sock puppet doesn't exclude two friends boosting one another. :-) – Martijn Pieters Dec 27 '12 at 9:36

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