Will I get punished if I use my votes quickly to "run" for badges?

My goal is purely to get the above badges.

I'll just select random questions and upvote those I think are good.

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    Isn't that the point of those badges? You won't get banned or punished for doing something that the dev team intended you to do. Jul 12, 2011 at 16:28
  • @Kyle Trauberman so @mmyers is joking ?
    – genesis
    Jul 12, 2011 at 16:29
  • yes. he was being sarcastic. you are encouraged to use all your votes in a day. You are encouraged to post good answers, and you are encouraged to use the site to its full potential. Jul 12, 2011 at 16:30
  • okay :D Sorry I didn'T get it first time I read it :D I'm noob :D Okay, going to obtain my badges :p
    – genesis
    Jul 12, 2011 at 16:32
  • Go have fun. :) Jul 12, 2011 at 16:33
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    Where is that avatar from, @genesis? For a second there, I thought you were R. Bemrose.
    – Pops
    Jul 12, 2011 at 18:22
  • @Popular It's an official Valve avatar of the Spy from Team Fortress 2. Apparently it's actually fairly common.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 12, 2011 at 20:53
  • Thanks, @Grace! Of course TF2 had to be the one Orange Box game I never played....
    – Pops
    Jul 12, 2011 at 20:56

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Those badges are there to get you to vote. If you vote to get the badges, of course you will be punished severely. Also, we hate it when people post amazing answers just to try for silver or gold badges.

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    I used all my votes the other day to get vox populi, and the next day I found that all my votes were refunded and I was able to vote again. I got to keep the badge though. Bug? Jul 12, 2011 at 16:26
  • I don't mean I would just run throught questions and vote them ALL up, just those I think they're good.
    – genesis
    Jul 12, 2011 at 16:26
  • @mmyers who was talking about posting answers?
    – genesis
    Jul 12, 2011 at 16:28
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    @genesis, he's being sarcastic. Jul 12, 2011 at 16:29
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    I believe everyone should listen to their inner Shog9.
    – mmyers
    Jul 12, 2011 at 16:30
  • You votes no longer registered as having clicked them? Have evidence -- yes, post as bug.
    – M. Tibbits
    Jul 12, 2011 at 16:31
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    @Kyle, you get a quantity of votes per day, so the next day your quota is refilled and you can vote again.
    – RivieraKid
    Jul 15, 2011 at 15:20
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    @RivieraKid: Kyle was making a point. He knows perfectly well how the voting system works.
    – mmyers
    Jul 15, 2011 at 15:25
  • How many people upvoting that answer have noticed the sarcasm? At least I hope, it's a sarcasm ;) Oct 7, 2013 at 12:15

Key phrase (emphasis added):

...upvote those I think they're good

If you were just spraying your votes all over any old garbage posts I'd frown deeply, but honestly there's not much more I could do about it than that. As long as you're voting up things that you think are good, you're using your votes as they were intended to be used.


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