On Stack Exchange there are some old questions—3-4 years old—that have something like 3500 votes. Now I understand that over time the questions will naturally accrue the odd vote, but this is ridiculous.
Did everyone go through a phase in the early days where they were just giving each other excessive vote, like a pat on the back?
And some of these 3000+ vote answers to questions aren't so great either. I often come across 200+ questions and answers that would go into negative territory if they were posted nowadays.