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Can ♦ moderators see who has voted for a post/comment?


If this isn't possible, how can moderators modify users' votes? (I've seen this happen.)

  • This was mentioned here somewhere... – Jeff Mercado Jun 27 '11 at 8:37
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    That other post has no real answer to this question. – CodesInChaos Jun 27 '11 at 10:19
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    @CodeInChaos: right at the top, in Diego's answer: Voting is anonymous and not even the moderators have access to this information. – Adam Lear Jun 27 '11 at 12:12
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    @Jeff, @Anna: The reason I asked is that I have personally seen a moderator remove a downvote. While not questioning what they did (it was the right action in the situation), how is that possible, if they can't see who has voted for what? – user541686 Jun 27 '11 at 14:38
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    @Mehrdad They can't do that (unless the downvote they removed was their own, of course). The site will automatically remove votes if it detects someone mass-voting on another person; maybe it was that – Michael Mrozek Jun 27 '11 at 14:50
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    @Michael: No -- the moderator specifically removed my downvote, because the downvotee's temper was getting out of hand. The mod even mentioned that this was done; I'm not taking guesses -- and I appreciate that fact, since it was the right thing to do. But the question is, how was that done? (No, the mod wasn't Jeff, or -- AFAIK -- any member on the dev team.) – user541686 Jun 27 '11 at 14:58
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    @Mehrdad most likely they "upvoted to offset the downvote" ... once you get to so many reputation (it varies by site, check the privileges list for the site in question) then you can see the up/down vote ratio by clicking on a particular score (# between the arrows). But as @Michael noted, only the automated scanner will invalidate (remove) votes. ~~ Caveat: A dev could remove it, by hand, but the reasons would have to be magnanimous and paramount. Can you recall where the downvote was removed? (which Question, and by Whom) – jcolebrand Jun 27 '11 at 14:59
  • @jcolebrand: Oh, that's what happened? OK, but how come my downvote button was no longer orange after that happened? – user541686 Jun 27 '11 at 15:03
  • @Mehrdad ~ You downvoted and then your downvote tick was taken away? Did you only downvote the user once or did you downvote the same user many times? – jcolebrand Jun 27 '11 at 15:09
  • @jcolebrand: No, I didn't. I know what I did. Like I said, even the moderator mentioned in a comment that this was done (they specifically used the word "revoke"). I would mention the post/moderator but I'd rather not put them on the spot, as since I mentioned, the action was appropriate. – user541686 Jun 27 '11 at 15:10
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    Then you're doing all of us a disservice. You make an accusation that an action was taken and then go "but I refuse to tell anyone what thing was done, so :p" and then we have to shrug and say "you're wrong, but you'll never believe us that you're wrong". And don't get so forcefully upset "No I didn't" when I ask for clarification of what you did in the first place. I'm still hazy on the details. I don't know what actions were taken. You commented that the orange downvote was missing, but I don't quite understand what that means. – jcolebrand Jun 27 '11 at 15:15
  • @jcolebrand: In that case, here is the link (Edit: Had the wrong link at first; fixed). (Let it be known that I didn't mean to put it here to make the mod look bad -- just wanted to know how this was possible.) – user541686 Jun 27 '11 at 15:16
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    @Mehrdad ~ MarcG is a dev. He can revoke things that we diamonds cannot. – jcolebrand Jun 27 '11 at 15:19
  • @Meh, this is a special case (and I'm not sure we are interpreting Marc's answer correctly) but he's a developer, who has direct access to the database. He's not just "a mod". The answer to your question is in the duplicate, the answer to what transpired in the comments, is that. – juan Jun 27 '11 at 15:21
  • @jcolebrand, @Juan: Ooh wow, stupid me. I had no idea devs are also diamond moderators (aside from Jeff). Thanks for the info. – user541686 Jun 27 '11 at 15:30

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