Take a look at this user's reputation for March 24, 2011.

He got 12 upvotes in one day, on 12 separate questions (Well above his daily average). The entire collection of votes took only 9 minutes.

That's not even enough time to read and understand all the questions and answers. And, the answers cover a variety of topics.

It sure seems like one single person decided to boost this user, irregardless of the quality of answers.

Is this legit? A sock-puppet?

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    We'll find out after the voting-fraud script kicks in. (No idea when that will happen, but presumably within 24 hours of the votes.) – Jon Seigel Mar 25 '11 at 4:13
  • @Jon Seigel, thanks. Do you have links about those scripts? I'm still searching but have yet to find anything substantial. – Awesome Poodles Mar 25 '11 at 4:23
  • Try meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/serial-downvotes and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/serial-upvotes as those are the most frequent contexts where voting fraud comes into play. – Jon Seigel Mar 25 '11 at 4:25
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    Thanks, I also just discovered "Vote Fraud and You" and "More Voting Anomalies", both by Jeff Atwood. – Awesome Poodles Mar 25 '11 at 4:29
  • It's been about a week and the improper votes are still there. Per this answer, I sent an email to the team about the gap in the improper voting detection. I'll give it another week to see what results. – Awesome Poodles Mar 31 '11 at 4:33
  • Why do you care how many points some other user has? – Martin Doms Mar 31 '11 at 21:12
  • It looks to me like that's not enough votes to trigger the fraud scripts. – John Mar 31 '11 at 22:05
  • @Martin Doms, I care about gaming the system (stopping such). Stackexchange is about finding the best answers. This kind of voting works against that. – Awesome Poodles Mar 31 '11 at 23:09

This user appears to have a habit of answering his own questions, a fair proportion of those self-answers received upvotes.

This post* is particularly bad: he has answered himself twice! user108088 also appears a couple of times, but that could be coincidence.

*I'm following this up with a mod flag for merging & deletion of the two separate answers

  • I only see user108088 as the OP of one of the questions. – Hendrik Vogt Mar 25 '11 at 8:45
  • Yeah, and he's smart enough not to get carried away with sock-puppetry (if that's what's going on) nor to use the same IP. This may be just a misguided fan, as Andrew Grimm guessed, but it still hurts the quest for best answers. – Awesome Poodles Apr 2 '11 at 2:46

It's probably not a sockpuppet, but some fan deciding to upvote several of his posts. That gets regarded as fraud anyway, so it'll get sorted out.

  • But then it's strange that there are six upvoted self-answers, isn't it? – Hendrik Vogt Mar 25 '11 at 8:46
  • @Hendrik: It indicates serial upvoting, but it doesn't indicate that he's sock puppeting. – Andrew Grimm Mar 25 '11 at 21:17
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    Well, it never got sorted out. Lesson: Crime does pay in moderation? Or misguided users subvert the system? (^_^) – Awesome Poodles Apr 5 '11 at 4:33

Vote history doesn't show any signs of collusion. No user has received or given enough votes to smell strongly of socks...

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    What if they're pantyhose puppets? – random Mar 25 '11 at 15:21
  • @random: Nah, doesn't smell fishy at all. – user1228 Mar 25 '11 at 15:26
  • eww. shudder – Spudley Mar 25 '11 at 15:35
  • So, those 12 votes, on 12 topics, within 9 minutes, came from different user accounts? (Even if true, that seems an amazing coincidence.) – Awesome Poodles Mar 25 '11 at 20:12
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    @Brock: If indeed it came from different accounts, then it would smell very strongly. – Hendrik Vogt Mar 25 '11 at 22:06

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