It looks like some friends set up a game amongst themselves to score the most amount of points on StackExchange sites in a short period of time. We congratulated them on their fine achievement but it seems we were being gamed and even abused. Perhaps tomorrow they won't be back and I should forget about it. Should I just let the existing checks and balances do their work?
it seems we were being gamed and even abused.
[citation required] - Please don't make baseless accusations - of course we want to know of any and all abuse. You can either flag it for moderator attention, or if it seems widespread, post a message here. Posting a message with such an accusation without any evidence is very counterproductive.
If they are following the rules then don't worry. It's like complaining that a few friends decided to race each other in an existing race. As long as they don't break the race rules, we don't care whether they are competing against each other specifically inside our larger race.
Since this question pertains to me, it seems only right that I should answer it.
This is a friendly game of legitimate play, you'll notice if you scour our answers and questions that we have only contributed legitimate answers, most of which are far beyond the normal "response" to a question that you expect to see as an answer to a simple question. We go above and beyond and comment our code, explain our answers, and provide additional research and information for users to follow up on the things we've said to help them learn on their own.
It's the awesome way as you say.