Questions tagged [gaming-the-system]

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Is bounty rep-dump gaming? (subtitle: Pollyanna lottery!)

So I really don't need all this rep, and figured a fun (and fast) way to get rid of excess rep would be to put 500 point bounties on questions that I haven't accepted an answer for and then ...
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Gaming the system for Populist badges

I saw a 1 character edit on one of my posts and wondered why; apparently it was after my (less-comprehensive) answer was accepted, to allow the check-mark to be transferred to the higher voted answer (...
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What counts as “creating” a tag, for Taxonomist? And what prevents gaming the badge?

The description for the Taxonomist badge is: "Created a tag used by 50 questions." This leads me to a few questions. Consider the following scenario: Alice creates a question that is tagged with ...
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I cheated on the Disciplined badge, how bad is it?

I was looking for badges I didn't have yet, and I saw the Disciplined badge. So I deleted an answer of mine with 3+ votes, and waited. Five minutes later, sweet, a new badge! Then I went to my answer ...
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Does it matter that people “Game” Badges?

Lets be honest with ourselves does it really matter that people are gaming badges/rep? Surely if someone is so obsessed with rep that they are willing to go to any length to get it, that's their ...
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Is there a way to buy SO reputation? [closed]

Is there a feature by which we can buy reputation on SO (e.g 100 rep for $1)?, or a bot by which we can hack and increase our reputation?
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Steward Badge gaming visible in the Review Close Queue

There's some attempted gaming of the Steward badge visible in the Review / Close Votes history on SO. If you look at the top reviewers for the day you can see the gaming clearly: there's a small ...
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About “Rep changes” and gaming system using them

Ever seen this post? Read it carefully, if you didn't. Mysticial's explanation is great. To summarize the problem: You register, start with 1 rep. You posted an answer that was up voted 10 times, so ...
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SO server time sync?

This question suggests that the servers used in the SO rack are not properly time sync'd: Was a question asked in the future? How are the servers clocks set? (ie, NTP, or otherwise?) Are they ...
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Tag 'telematics' is a new tag but is currently synonymous with 'gps'? [closed]

The moderator tools on SO say 'telematics' is a new tag with 59 (!) questions. I selected the tag - up popped the list of 59 questions. The 'gps' tag showed up as related, and listed 59 questions. ...
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Vanishing close-votes when the original version of a duplicate is deleted?

I voted to close this question as a duplicate of this earlier question (now deleted, after being closed as off-topic and voted down to -6), so did one other user. The author of both questions deleted ...
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Question with 60 revisions without real change

I just saw this question. It has 60 revisions, the same user adding and removing the same line of text. I noticed it because the OP has 51 edit reviews, of the same post. So probably something went ...
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Feeders, not help vampires, are the problem [duplicate]

It's all too easy to blame Help Vampires for problems in Stack Overflow. But it's not them, it's us. The people who feed them. If the question is an exact duplicate, let them know it's an exact ...
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Suggested edits unlock votes on old posts

TL;DR: Suggested edits shouldn't unlock votes on a post until they are approved. Votes on posts get locked in after a certain time. The reason given for this behavior is to prevent tactical ...
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What's to stop someone from selling their reputation?

If a marketplace existed for Reputation, it would render it completely meaningless and pointless for all Stack Exchange sites. What's to stop someone from selling Reputation on a virtual currency ...
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What do to with ultra-sophisticated voting ring?

EDIT 3 Added a picture as a "proof" of what's going on (which may help other users catch such "advanced" voting rings): In a twisted and weird way, now that my question has gotten 20+ upvotes here on ...
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Reputation system is too easy to game

ServerFault was interesting for a period of time until two users emailed and suggested that I stop answering questions in 'their tags'. I've since removed my email address, filtered their email ...
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There should be a minimum time between placing and accepting a bounty

I wasn't sure it was possible, but last night I tested it out. You can place a bounty and then immediately accept an answer for that question. Purpose of Bounties The primary function of the bounty ...
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In what ways have you seen the SO engine gamed?

What kinds of "questionable" or "illegal" gaming have you seen on any of the Stack Exchange sites? How did you figure out that it was gaming?
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a work around to ask a question even if you are blocked from doing so!

I learned from this question that when user account Y is merged into an old user account X of the same user, the system will update posts of user Y with the user ID X. Now, considering the scenario ...
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Question bump possibility with new bounty system

With the new bounty system anyone can attach a bounty to a question. When a bounty is placed, a question is also bumped. Take UserA and UserB both with over 200 reputation. They are either owned by ...
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Is this user using some type of automated tool to visit sites in order to acquire “Fanatic” gold badges?

I reviewed this question just now, accepting a suggested edit. I noticed that the user had no reputation (just the 100 bonus), and yet, had a gold badge. I thought, as I have seen many times, that ...
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Gaming the system? Or am I just paranoid

I had answered this question 2 days ago. The user had accepted the solution to my question. Today, he unaccepted it, and has marked a new answer (posted recently), which has some of the same wording ...
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Is this type of gaming the system for badges allowed?

http://stackexchange.com/users/237100/kevin?tab=accounts This user, exists on every single SE network. Makes no contributions, no rep, no badges except for 2. A silver one for 30 days activity, and ...
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On the ethicality of user-run April Fools' pranks

While I'm aware of today's brilliant SO prank, I decided to also run my own*, because I'm in the uncomfortable position of topping SO's weekly user board today. I decided to use it to promote Movies....
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Tag badge triggered by retagging - potential for abuse?

A Stack Overflow user has recently earned the tag badges ruby, gmaps4rails and google-maps over the past day. The same user has recently been retagging questions to add the tag ruby, gmaps4rails and ...
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Bounty Fraud: quid pro quo

Could one place a bounty on a question to tempt replies and then at 7 days award it to an accomplice with a lackluster answer? Accomplice then subsequently posts his own question with a bounty and ...
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Why must upvotes be locked?

I agree about down-voting due to gaming, but I don't see the reason on up-voting. Can any one game the system with up-voting?
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Reputation Farm Capacity [closed]

How much rep could a rep farm farm if a rep farm could farm rep?
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Is there anyone who has 0 questions but lots of answers? Why? [duplicate]

Why do some users have many many answers but no questions of their own? How does that benefit them? Can it prevent suspensions?
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Resolution on group bounty gaming?

I have recently encountered a very clear case of group bounty gaming. SO post in question: Triggering event manually in JS Helper CakePHP The original posted of the post started the question, did ...
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Can tag badges be gamed by editing the tags of a question which has an answer which was previously upvoted?

Tag badges are currently earned by receiving an upvote to an answer provided for a question having a specific tag. If someone wanted to game the system would it be possible by going back to questions ...
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Unselecting and reselecting accepted answers allows gaming of Mortarboard badge

I was just looking over some of my old questions from a long time ago. I wasn't sure if I was able to change answers on old questions (I know you can't change votes, after a grace period). To test, ...
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I've deleted post, to receive badge then undeleted it [duplicate]

I have one post with 3 downvote and to receive Peer Pressure badge I've deleted it, but after I've got what I wanted, I've restored it. Is this legal? Can I use this technique in the future?
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Why could it be considered gaming the system if you answer your own question?

Why could it be considered rep whoring to ask a question that you already know the answer to and then answer it yourself? Doing this adds to the value of the "knowledge base", and may help others ...
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Community agreement system for the new Review queue to prevent gaming

Background As most of us already heard (most of us have already complained about it), the new review queue is very comfortable. So comfortable it's very easy to game in order to get easy badges (5 ...
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Gaming/Grinding Copy Editor Badge

I have noticed edits that consist of a couple of words in some quite long posts, like replacing an abbreviation or shortened word with the full version one, leaving any typos/grammar mistakes intact. ...