I've been thinking how easily a user could create a fake account to upvote all his own questions/answers. I didn't think of doing it myself; I like to win my reputation the right way, but I'm sure there are a lot of people who would do that.

Does Stack Exchange prevent this in any way?

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    Actually, two candidates in the ongoing moderator election withdrew their nominations after it became public that they had practiced cross-voting through sock-puppets in the past. Don't do this at home, kids!
    – Pekka
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 15:58
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    Shame on them!! Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 16:04
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    yeah. Although I would tend to forgive stuff like that after a year or two, if they've evolved into fine community members since then... But vote fraud is obviously a big stain on your jacket, no matter when it took place
    – Pekka
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 16:37
  • I was about to ask this question for a long time and never got to it. Thanks +1
    – Trufa
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 18:46

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That is usually referred to as sock puppet accounts, and yes, Stack Exchange does have measures to prevent them from doing any real harm.

See the Vote Fraud and You and More Voting Anomalies posts on the blog.

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