This is continuation of the post I posted earlier.

It's surprising that the user (user2671112) who is member for 1 hour automatically get 100 reputations and donates that as bounty to another user (user2651613). It turns out that all of the answers by the former are accepted by the later and hence 100 reputations. A worst part is here and here where the user2671112 copies the answer of @agstudy and @Hong Ooi and then that are accepted by OP (user2651613). Notice that there is also another answer by the another user user2640560, which happens to repeat the process of user2671112. I reported in the earlier post here about the user2640560. This user is also re-posting the answer here for the question by the user2626657, that was suspended earlier.


I've flagged a post for moderator attention. This is a clear case of sockpuppetry to game the system.

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    Man, this guy again? Most of this mess should be cleaned up now, but I imagine they'll try this again. Something more severe might be required now. – Brad Larson Aug 10 '13 at 22:46
  • @BradLarson Cheaters and people with other malicious intents never give up. The blog I contribute to is being regularily spammed by the very same person, he creates a new sockpuppet Facebook/Wordpress account like once a week. – H2CO3 Aug 10 '13 at 22:47
  • @H2CO3: Hrm, they all give up eventually. I know of a few accounts that after endless attempts did give up or found something else to occupy them. Keep whacking them, they will eventually get bored enough. – Martijn Pieters Aug 10 '13 at 22:49
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    Unfortunately, our friendly PHP/Python troll doesn't seem like he's getting bored anytime soon. We're well over 100 deleted accounts for him since the start of the year. – Brad Larson Aug 10 '13 at 22:55
  • @BradLarson who is this person specifically. Like what is the first question regarding him here? – Cole Johnson Aug 10 '13 at 22:58
  • @ColeJohnson - Context: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/181760/when-enough-is-enough – Brad Larson Aug 10 '13 at 23:01
  • @BradLarson what's allowing him to evade the IP ban? – Cole Johnson Aug 10 '13 at 23:03
  • @ColeJohnson - Don't know how much detail I can get into, but he's been way more creative about how he accesses the site than any other troll I've encountered. – Brad Larson Aug 10 '13 at 23:17
  • But, @Brad, getting 100 rep by getting all their answers accepted by the same user (and then that being returned using a bounty) surely could trigger some automated alarm? (I know, an automated flag still needs you to take care of that, and I know you cannot reveal too much. And today's abuse was reported quite quickly, maybe before any scripts did run.) – Arjan Aug 10 '13 at 23:45
  • He mentioned in comments to one of his posts last week that he has something he called a "Cloud IP" service, @Cole, so he can change his IP at will. Given the level of sophistication in his posts, he's probably using someone else's tool -- Tor, maybe? – jscs Aug 11 '13 at 0:40
  • @JoshCaswell if he is in fact using Tor, IP bans are moot and just harm the Tor out node. – Cole Johnson Aug 11 '13 at 1:56

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