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Users in question: yakusha and Nikita.

Yesterday I answered this question: Show first 3 lines in html paragraph to find that over an hour later Nikita posted an incorrect and awful quality answer (https://stackoverflow.com/a/15613613/1317805) which was almost instantly marked as the accepted answer.

It seems that yakusha also posted another question which Nikita also answered and despite yakusha's comment this was also almost instantly marked as accepted. A quick Google search seems to return no results for HTTPFunctions.toMap() so I'm not even sure if this is a real thing.

Considering Nikita has been actively asking questions on SO for 4 months but only started answering (3) questions yesterday, I can only assume yakusha and Nikita are friends or even the same person.

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  • And nobody bothered to edit out that block of junk text?
    – Mysticial
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:04
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    @Mysticial Hard as it is to believe, it's actually part of the question.
    – J. Steen
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:05
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    @J.Steen I should probably get some sleep.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:05
  • @Mysticial No, your initial reaction is pretty much spot on. It's what I said when I looked - then I hit edit to see the source, and got what the admittedly bad question actually meant. =)
    – J. Steen
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:06
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    Good info there, hence +1. Just one minor note: we can't 'accept' answers for anyone else. (Though deleting an answer, if warranted, would un-accept the 'bad' one.) Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:19
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    Nikita's profile picture is also bit...bit...bit...wrong Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 10:26
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    The answer was deleted and the accepted mark was removed from it. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 10:52

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I don't think anybody other than the OP can or will change the accepted answer, but if something fishy is going on you can always flag one of the questions or answers involved and ask a moderator to take a look. Also, know that there is an automatic process on place to detect questionable voting patterns, so if they keep up the shenanigans they're bound to get caught at some point.

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    moderator can change the status of "accepted" answer.
    – Raynold
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:13
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    @raynold we can delete an accepted answer, but we can't accept a different one for someone else (even if they cheated.) Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:21
  • @Raynold perhaps "can or will" is a better choice of words if mods can but generally won't.
    – Caleb
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:27
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    @Caleb, agree with you, +1
    – Raynold
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 9:29
  • @Raynold & Caleb: I mistyped; we can't do it. Fixed the above comment! Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 10:24
  • @AndrewBarber Thanks for the clarification. Changes the sense of my 'or' to the non-exclusive variety, but it still works. :-)
    – Caleb
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 10:27
  • @AndrewBarber, did you mean you can't delete an accepted answer ?
    – Raynold
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 10:37
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    @raynold No; we can delete accepted answers; but we cannot modify the 'accepted' status, except by deleting it (which removes it as accepted) Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 10:39
  • ok, thanks for updating my knowledge :)
    – Raynold
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 10:40
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Simple solution for this kind of situation is to just Moderator attention flag. Just flag any of one user's post and choose the "other" option, write second user's profile link and ask moderator to look into it.

Moderator has better view to check all the related details, if they are friends or same person.

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