Due to some very peculiar grammar typo and the style of the answers, and some things more, I strongly suspect that one user has two different profiles with different names. I don't have anything against that person, but I wonder, is not that agaist the rules? Having more than one profile would allow a user to vote for himself several times, or to abnormally punish another user by downvoting him from all his profiles. Isn't there any kind of automated cross-checking or IP control or something similar for these things in Stackexchange? Just a thought...

(Well, the IP doesn't proof anything, you can have for example two students sharing a flat and the internet connection)

  • They are called sock puppets if used to cheat.
    – juergen d
    Apr 20, 2013 at 17:15
  • HA ha ha, nice name. But, no control against that?
    – Mephisto
    Apr 20, 2013 at 17:16

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It's not against the rules exactly, no. However if you use multiple accounts for nefarious means then yes, it would be.

For instance; you could have alternative profiles for asking / answering questions you don't want associated with your main account (if you have an account on Careers, for instance).

However, if you start voting for yourself using your other accounts then that is very much against the rules and it is highly likely you will be found out, have the accounts merged together and then be suspended for a period of time.

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    We don't typically merge accounts anymore; it's too difficult to undo a merge if a mistake occurs. We generally just delete the sock account.
    – user102937
    Apr 20, 2013 at 17:18
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    But, what happens if I have a profile with my real name in, say, biology, and want to have a second profile to ask basic questions in biology, and in other branches in which I am nearly ignorant. I want to be able to post my simple, amateur questions with no fear of my future employers to see them and think that I am stupid. As long as I NEVER vote for myself or up/down vote anybody from both profiles, can I do that safely? I don't want to miss my main profile, it has good points, buy I am learning new things from time to time and I like to post my basic questions about many fields here...
    – Mephisto
    Apr 20, 2013 at 17:22
  • @Mephisto JonW already stated that is OK, and it is.
    – user102937
    Apr 20, 2013 at 17:23
  • Well, but he is not a moderator. Your diamond gives certain value to the confirmation to the question. Thanks.
    – Mephisto
    Apr 20, 2013 at 17:25
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    @Mephisto rest assured that most often, if people give wrong information on Meta, we downvote the crap out of them. :p But kidding aside, the same is confirmed by one of the founders of the site in the dupe.
    – Bart
    Apr 20, 2013 at 17:28
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    HA HA HA, I love that expression, that I immediately incorpore to my english baggage: we downvote the crap out of them! I really love stackexchange sites...
    – Mephisto
    Apr 20, 2013 at 17:32
  • @Mephisto I am a moderator, but on ux.stackexchange not Meta Stackoverflow.
    – JonW
    Apr 20, 2013 at 19:36

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