I recently came across a question and I saw the vote counter was updating as usual when people up-vote it.

But then I saw it was really another user upvoting, downvoting, upvoting, etc.

I joined in and had a blast. The other person would wait till I upvoted, then they would do do something to the vote count count, then I'd undo my upvote, and so on until they abandoned me :(

It was probably the most fun I've had at my job in awhile.

Shouldn't there be some form of rate limiting for this?

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    Sounds like you need to get a better job...
    – Servy
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:24
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    You're a troll dude, I remember the last question you asked meta.stackexchange.com/questions/196300/… Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:28
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    @JoshC Well, he does seem to be deescalating, not escalating, so that's good.
    – Servy
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:30
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    Please do not bring up my past, it doesn't add to the discussion at hand. This did occur, and it could be an issue. There didn't seem to be any form of "rate-limiting" as @Servy correctly tagged the question. I do not understand these downvotes.
    – Dauh Fhauc
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:30
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    To anyone who thinks I'm a "troll", please visit my StackOverflow profile and see that I do contribute, flag posts, etc. Please look past one bad post that most other people would have removed. I admit it was a bad question but get over it.
    – Dauh Fhauc
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:31
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    General rule, the answer to any question phrased as "Is it ok to ...." is always no Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:32
  • @DauhFhauc Only you and mods can see how many posts you've flagged, FYI.
    – Servy
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:32
  • I'll reformat the question, thanks for bringing it to my attention @RichardTingle
    – Dauh Fhauc
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:33
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    @DauhFhauc Your name is a good indicator that you're a troll too. Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:36
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    These comments aren't helping anyone: stackoverflow.com/q/19324524/814064
    – dcaswell
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:39
  • @JoshC People on reddit & other websites have horrible names and can give the best advice / etc. It isn't an indicator of anything. Again, visit my SO activity and you will see that I am not here to troll. Get off my case.
    – Dauh Fhauc
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:39
  • @dcaswell Exactly! That's why I made this post. Those comments brought this to my attention.
    – Dauh Fhauc
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:40
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    Could you clarify the specific benefits that would result from the Stack Exchange developers investing development effort into implementing such a rate-limiting system? I suppose there's some nonzero benefit, but I'm unconvinced that it's really worth it.
    – apsillers
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:43
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    @Richard, that's a bad rule. "Is it ok ..." - "... to answer my own question", "... to close an old question as a duplicate of a newer better question", "... to unnaccept an answer", "... to delete an answer", "... to discuss poor security practices", "... to add comments to old posts", &c.
    – jball
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:47
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    @DauhFhauc Code changes for a commercial product just aren't that simple
    – Servy
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 18:51

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This is mildly irritating for the post owner and serves no purpose, it should be resisted where possible just out of common sense whether a specific rule exists or not

Equally it's only mildly irritating and not worth development time to prevent, just be sensible and everyone is happy

  • Most things on this site are rate limited. 5 seconds between comment votes is my favorite. I don't see why I should be allowed to spam the vote button this way. Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 22:06
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    @SomeHelpfulCommenter - How can you have a "favorite" impediment? That is my most hated one partially as deleting a comment comes under the same rate limit and partially as if you guess the 5 seconds wrong the timer resets and you must wait another 5 seconds. It is also the only one that I regularly encounter in normal usage (when cleaning up obsolete comments) Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 12:01

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