A while back, I accidentally asked a question on Super User that should have gone on Stack Overflow. It got moved, but my accounts weren't linked, so it didn't show me as the owner of my question.

I was able to upvote it, and I discovered that after I linked my accounts I got the 10 rep points from my question and was unable to remove my vote.

Has this been seen before and can it be fixed?

  • Sounds like a cross site scripting bug. Does this mean that some of us might be able to reach Skeet's rep level some day via this coughcheatcoughmechanism? ;)
    – jasonh
    Commented Oct 10, 2009 at 6:56
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    I mean the "cross site scripting bug" as a pun. :)
    – jasonh
    Commented Oct 10, 2009 at 6:57
  • It would be an awful lot of work...
    – RCIX
    Commented Oct 10, 2009 at 6:59

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I'm really not sure it is worth worrying about; it is such an edge-case that you would get minimal rep. Arguably, posting on meta about some nuance of a question (with link) is a far more efficient rep exploit.

Actually, there is a known glitch at the moment when we merge two accounts for the same user; it is possible (in the nefarious cases) that those accounts have intentionally cross-voted each-other, and this doesn't currently get removed when merging.

My point (I'm getting there); I'm hopeful that Jeff/team will eventually fix the above to remove self-votes as a scheduled task; this would address the above (slightly-less-evil) case as a handy side-effect.

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