I was a bit suspicious about this answer to a question, there's some technically incorrect information in it that I thought an expert might have picked up on. Regardless, I pointed it out yet the answer still kept getting upvotes and the user decided to brush off my comment instead of fixing said information (it would only have taken 1 edit!).

Despite my suspicions I decided to brush it off as other users going with the status-quo and upvoting. Then I noticed two comments were left by the user and both comments were upvoted almost instantly. This raised my suspicions again, so I replied to the original comment.

Quite quickly I got another reply comment from the user, followed by another reply comment from another user agreeing with him and both comments were upvoted very quickly and close together.

The users are Sarfraz and phpBOY. If you look at the latter's profile, you'll see that Sarfraz has quite a lot of involvement in phpBOY's questions -- his name appears on 5 out of the 8 questions in the profile.

Of course, this could be one huge coincidence and it could be my general annoyance at the blatant ignorance this guy has shown on several occasions including this one.

Another interesting thing is this revision to phpBOY's question. The revision just removes an ellipsis from the end of the question. Chalk it up to a pointless edit or maybe it was to grow one edit closer to that (not-so) elusive Strunk & White badge?

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    Because some people can get angry and could play downvote havoc, I suggest next time you flag the suspicious post for moderator attention. But +1 for posting it. Commented May 19, 2010 at 10:05
  • @Ladybug Killer: good point, I didn't think about that and I will do so in the future.
    – Andy E
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 10:07
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    suspecting someone is bad, but I used to think many of his posts are under conspiracy. I was thought the same thing when I saw that post actually, but I don't want any problem with anyone, so I am just ignoring.
    – YOU
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 10:07
  • @S.Mark: I completely agree with you there, I've been suspicious for a while now.
    – Andy E
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 10:09
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    Regarding bumping/editing, thats his normal behavior, see Roger's comment on this question and see the revision history from 4 to 10
    – YOU
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 10:33
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    @S.Mark: Wow, that's really bad.
    – fretje
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 12:08
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    Wow, phpBOY got deleted since you asked this question, or is it just me?
    – Benjol
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 12:29
  • @Benjol You're right.
    – user141160
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 12:38
  • And Looks like his rep-cap is broken by ~70, so you were right Andy! But I am going to run away! (before he comes to meta) :D
    – YOU
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 12:42
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    @Benjol: indeed, phpBOY must have been a sock puppet, he's gone. Now I wonder, though, if there are others.
    – Andy E
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 12:59
  • @S.Mark: haha :-)
    – Andy E
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 13:01
  • @S.Mark: He is already at meta. Don't know if he brought his sock puppets here though...
    – fretje
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 14:14
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    Hey, what did you do to my phpBOY? He was just... carrying my luggage. I swear!
    – Pekka
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 19:22
  • @Questions: lol that is hilarious.
    – Andy E
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 19:35
  • I'm not sure you can rule out all other explanations to the connection between accounts than sock puppetry. Asaf Karagila commented on a lot of my answers on Mathematics Stack Exchange.
    – Timothy
    Commented Jul 8, 2018 at 20:56

1 Answer 1


Grab your pitchforks and torches! Lets go get them sockpyppets!

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    honestly, I wish there was a better way to stop this practice. I see a lot of questions where the best answer is either not chosen or get's no votes at all. I try to help where I can by down/up voting appropriately but I only have one vote to give. It should be that way for everybody. Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 21:01
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    Amen to that :-)
    – Andy E
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 22:33

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