Questions tagged [gaming-the-system]

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Mortarboard badge is being gamed too many times. Maybe time for auto revoke?

Checking some of the recent winners of the Mortarboard badge, I just found three which got the badge as result of serial upvoting. One. Two. Three. (All of them have "Serial upvoting reversed" day ...
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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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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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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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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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User asking to remove upvote so he would get the “Unsung Hero” badge

I got this unusual request today after up-voting someone's answer in a sportsmanship spirit. How to use Validation Control Properly in Webpage If you were the one who gave me the vote, would you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Are any of the badges perishable? Should they be?

This guy apparently just gamed himself a Taxonomist badge by adding the completely useless "regex-literal" tag to just enough questions. I've been wiping them up again, and it occurred to me to ...
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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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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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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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Infallible Answerers

Most people have a bad day once in a while and post an answer that doesn't receive any upvotes. With an increasing number of posted answers the probability increases that there are such answers. If ...
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The most easily gamed* GOLD badge, and yet impossible to “earn”

UPDATE Most comments supporting the badge seem to center on some perceived rewarding of favourable behaviour. I submit to you that there is no such correlation (badge recipient and favourable ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is this the bike shed phenomenon or is there a joke here that I'm missing?

This question asks, how do you flip a boolean in C++? The answer, of course, is to use the single-character built-in operator made for doing exactly that. Now, that's a perfectly good answer to a ...
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Trolling by accepting answer

If I accepted answer in 100 of my questions in one day (reaching 200 rep in one day), then un-accept them all the other day, then accept them again - If I did that 50 times, would that make me Epic (...
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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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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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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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Strange number of upvotes for questions

Can someone look into neurofluxations recent jQuery questions. It appears there is some gaming going on as the amount of upvotes he has been receiving is way out of kilter with a standard jQuery ...
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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 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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Is it bad to answer questions from friends/coworkers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Am I allowed to answer a question from someone sitting right next to me? If my friend posts a question and links me to it because he thinks I might be able to help, and then I ...
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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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Can I game the Legendary badge with self-awarded bounties?

I just set a bounty on one of my questions, where I have the only answer so far. If nobody else answers, or if nobody else gives a deserving answer, I will award myself the bounty and get +150 rep ...
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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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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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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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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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How can we stop people asking trivial questions all the time and prevent mutual/cyclic rating?

How can we stop people asking trivial questions all the time to gain stackoverflow reputation? And how can we stop people setting up several stackoverflow accounts and prevent mutual/cyclic rating?
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Is the auto-conversion of some answers to comments a bug that can be used to comment?

When I had very little reputation on Stack Overflow and I wanted to comment a clarification to somebody else's answer, I wrote a bad quality "answer" that had my comment in it, which would then be ...
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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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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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Dumping a one liner as answer to get first answer? Gaming Enlightened badge? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the Enlightened badge encourage the Fastest Gun in the West problem? Having a week off during easter, I've spent some more time on Stackoverflow, carefully working on my ...
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Autobiographer badge - What's the purpose of filling in Name and Email sections? [duplicate]

There are a couple of Autobiographer questions here, but I'm still curious about the point of it. Look at the following attachment: I can see my Real Name and Email Address. I understand the badge ...
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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 ...