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Obviously, upvoting your own question as an alt account is voting fraud, but what if I were to downvote my own question as a sockpuppet? How would that look?

marked as duplicate by gnat, Robert Longson, Glorfindel discussion Feb 14 at 6:56

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    As you can still get a badge for it (the Peer Pressure one, IIRC), that might count as gaming, I guess... – Jenayah Feb 13 at 23:21
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    still fraud, the direction of the vote isn't what made it fraud – Kevin B Feb 13 at 23:23
  • But could bad stuff happen – user475482 Feb 13 at 23:24
  • Why do you ask, "theory" only or are you testing the waters? If the latter, I suggest refraining - if you're in doubt, that might mean you know it's wrong... :P – Jenayah Feb 13 at 23:25
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    "How would that look?" - It would look like you don't understand the whole goal of cheating. – n8te Feb 13 at 23:43
  • @9098 - The same thing that happens in any voting fraud case. Sock puppets are typically nuked from orbit. – Ramhound Feb 14 at 4:19
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    This is not a duplicate of either of the two questions. First, it is not asking what they should do if they suspect that a user has a sockpuppet. Second, they are not asking if a sockpuppet/second account is ever legitimate. Ut is asking about a specific type of behavior – Mari-Lou A Feb 14 at 8:17
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    @Mari-LouA The first target's answer very specifically mentions voting on one's own questions as a problem. Both upvoting and downvoting constitute voting. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Feb 14 at 22:10
  • @SonictheIntrovertedHedgehog the two questions are related, doesn't mean they are duplicates of each other. – Mari-Lou A Feb 15 at 0:50
  • Why in the world would you ever want to downvote your own post? If it's that bad, you probably shouldn't have posted it in the first place. – Pikachu the Watermelon Wizard Feb 15 at 2:23
  • @SupaMegaDuckyMomodaWaffle If you couldn't delete your own post but wanted it to be deleted by the Roomba, for instance. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Feb 16 at 20:02
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The rules state you're not allowed to do anything with multiple accounts that you couldn't do with a single account. Voting on your own posts is something that you can't do without the additional account, so it's violating the rules. Maybe no one would care enough to report you or to act on it, or maybe they would, but it's a violation of the rules nonetheless.