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?

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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
    Commented Feb 13, 2019 at 23:21
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    still fraud, the direction of the vote isn't what made it fraud
    – Kevin B
    Commented Feb 13, 2019 at 23:23
  • But could bad stuff happen
    – user475482
    Commented Feb 13, 2019 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
    Commented Feb 13, 2019 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
    Commented Feb 13, 2019 at 23:43
  • @9098 - The same thing that happens in any voting fraud case. Sock puppets are typically nuked from orbit.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 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 Commented Feb 14, 2019 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. Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 22:10
  • @SonictheIntrovertedHedgehog the two questions are related, doesn't mean they are duplicates of each other. Commented Feb 15, 2019 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.
    – Picachieu
    Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 2:23
  • @SupaMegaDuckyMomodaWaffle If you couldn't delete your own post but wanted it to be deleted by the Roomba, for instance. Commented Feb 16, 2019 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.