I am witnessing very bad voting behaviour on a low traffic beta site, which I suspect is the work of one fanatic user who is gunning for easy gold badges such as the steward badge and the electorate badge. Low quality one-liner answers and badly asked questions are being up-voted on a regular basis. This has affected the overall quality of the site as bad questions and answers are being encouraged. The problem is compounded by the fact that high-rep users are not down-voting enough on the site.
I noted that someone had already asked a similar question before. But, what I am requesting, is for this to apply only to low traffic beta sites where there is only a handful of questions a day. All these can be "reviewed" at the landing page itself without even the need to go to the review queue. The badge is only useful for high traffic sites where new posts aged very quickly. It is not particularly useful for posts that stay on the front page for quite some time. And is counter-productive if people abused it just to get gold badges. So, why not have it removed on low traffic beta sites?
Well, for the uninitiated, here's the requirement for Steward badge:
Completed at least 1,000 review tasks. This badge is awarded once per review type.
In response to the queries in the comments below, here are a few observations why I suspect it is the work of one user:
- The user has an abnormally high vote count per week
- The user would be logged on whenever a low-quality question or answer gets up-voted
- The user is very active on the review queue
- Despite the low traffic, the user is still manages to obtain a reviewer's badge in a very short time.
As mentioned, I do not want to point fingers directly at someone, therefore I am asking it here instead of asking on that low.traffic.SE site. Also, as these are pure conjectures and not hard evidences, I do not want to call out that user on the site.