Questions tagged [gaming-the-system]

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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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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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Harvesting reputation on old answers

I don't know if this is a new trick, but I have found a way to squeeze some extra reputation on old answers. Say there is a question by another user with many answers where an answer of mine has ...
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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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Favorite things about Stack Overflow [closed]

I enjoy a great many things about Stack Overflow, but you know Stack Overflow works when I caught myself trying to "time-attack" to see if I could score first! What Stack Overflow trait do you ...
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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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Answering bounty questions with no effort, just to get the rep?

I currently have a question on SO with no answers and barely any views. I am considering adding a bounty to the question to encourage people to answer it. However, since my question is of the "is it ...
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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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Necromancer candidate view

Is there a way to get a list of all questions that potentially give a necromancer badge? That is, other than going through the old unanswered questions and manually looking for ones with 5 or more ...
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Question with Irrelevant Answer Accepted, and Group-Gaming

I wouldn't expect this to happen much, but after reading about the R-Mob hitting the SO servers recently with their questions, I thought I'd go and check out what R is. I found the question "Sample ...
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Anti-gaming algorithm details

Regarding the same question that this question covers, if I were to go into that thread and downvote every answer sm1 made in response to his own question, would the nightly anti-gaming algorithm undo ...
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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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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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Is there anything to be done about answer sniping?

Since there have been some questions up here recently that bring up the edge cases in which people can gain reputation without actually contributing much, I will add one more way that has recently ...
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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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Community Wiki Allows for Gaming to get badges

Synopsis: Community Wiki allows you to take other people's answers and replace them with (well) another person's answer to 'cheat' the original poster out of votes/badges. Background Community Wiki ...