Questions tagged [serial-voting]

Serial voting is the act of casting many upvotes or downvotes on the posts of a specific user without proper reason. Also known as voting fraud.

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Warn users that they might be committing vote fraud

It looks like this guy ran head-on into voting fraud without even knowing it. I don't get the impression that he was trying to harm anyone with this process. What about a warning message that ...
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What effect does serial downvoting have on my rep cap?

So I was the victim of serial downvoting the other day, and just had it automagically reversed. Rather than simply removing the previous votes, I was given a bonus lump of rep with the reason "serial ...
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Flagged suspicious serial upvotes - marked as helful but strange action taken

Recently I saw a suspicious activity in the reputation history of one user. So I flagged one of his answers and wrote the following message: I see a suspicious serial upvotes in the reputation ...
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Please revoke badges gained by abusive voting

In this discussion (not feature request), waffles answers: ... if we find that people are abusing the system their accounts may get suspended. I would consider that kind of behavior abuse. ...
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Serial downvotes not being reversed?

What's going on here? They seem to be happening in groups of four; sock puppetry possibly? This started immediately after giving some constructive feedback on a question that had received many ...
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Is it possible to “cheat” on SE sites? [duplicate]

What happens if a user has multiple accounts and keeps upvoting himself/someone else? Does that happen? Is there a system to stop it?
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I've been revenge-voted, help? [duplicate]

I downvoted someone, and then they got angry with me, so they downvoted me within 2 minutes. They were all random questions (I think actually my top 9 questions). They got reversed. No matter, ...
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Serial downvoting on MSO

I appreciate that the logic used to identify serial downvotes is kept private and generally I could care less about my rep (considering it is funny-money afterall and I care even less on meta sites ...
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Victim of Serial Downvoting [duplicate]

I got a series of down votes some-days (16 Aug 2013) before (Serial down-voting). I downvoted an answer and added a comment why I down-voted. After that I got too many down-votes for my different ...
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What are the mechanics of vote fraud handling (i.e. not the detection heuristics)?

Obviously (and understandably) the vote fraud detection algorithms and heuristics are not disclosed in order to keep the scripts effective. However, to analyze a recent case of relatively significant ...
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Does the anomalous voting algorithm detect downvotes on trolls?

If I heavily downvote a troll will the vote fraud algorithm rollback my votes or is this considered? Perhaps it should take into account if other users also downvoted him to tartarus
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Voting correction and FAQ don't add up [duplicate]

On SO somebody decided to upvote multiple of my answers in a row (or so it seems). Consequently, the nightly script removed the serial upvotes. According to the FAQ, that should bring back the status ...
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Is it possible to trace serial down-voting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Serial downvotes in quick succession on all my posts Someone just went through all my questions and answers and down-voted them, without comment. I want to know who this user ...
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Is there a more permanent solution for repeated serial voting by the same users?

On August 17 I got serially upvoted twice in a day: I am assuming that except the blue colored upvote the rest of the votes are by the same two users. I reported the incident and my flag was deemed ...
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How to identify a downvoting stalker [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is serial voting and how does it affect me? Yeah I got a deranged stalker that keeps downvoting me. Anyone know how going about identifying such individuals? (I just ...
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Why did I get suspended for 6 days with all my votes reversed? [duplicate]

So in Chemistry and Math Stack Exchange I got suspended for six days and got my votes reversed. I believe that is because the moderators thought that I voted for myself. So basically what was ...
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Serial negative group voting [duplicate]

For people who are trying to close this: Its Serial negative group voting.. I am aware of automatic detection script but looks like it fails in such scenarios. Many times I was a victim of serial ...
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Allow moderators to define reputation-limiting relationships between users who consistently display targeted voting

On Ask Ubuntu we've got a bunch of users who we believe to be friends at school together. They ask questions for each other to answer They vote for each other (and recently also against each other) ...
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Provide explicit moderator tools to deal with sock puppets

Determining whether a specific user is a sock puppet is not an exact science. While many cases are clear-cut, the line can get a lot fuzzier when for example coworkers and friends are involved. So ...
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Add “what's this?” links to “user was removed” and “serial upvoting” in reputation history

Another day, another user confused by one of these contextless messages. Losing rep is scary and without a good explanation these users end up both confused and asking yet another duplicate question ...
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Highly upvoted old posts can more or less inoculate you from post bans?

When reviewing and even when I'm just looking for info, I eventually stumble on to a post that isn't only bad its mindbogglingly awful and out of morbid curiosity I check the user profile. Not only ...
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does serial undownvote script kick in after duplicate accounts merge?

There is a user who managed to get sort of protection provided by the "serial" script so that their posts regularly get a portion of undownvotes when script kicks in (Reputation tab in the user ...
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Do serial voting detection scripts really work?

Last month (Jan 31 to be precise), I observed that 8 of my answers on Unix & Linux were upvoted within a couple of minutes. It seemed like serial upvoting but I decided upon waiting to see if it ...
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Consistent serial downvoting now avoiding detection

It is pretty much every day when I see on my reputation page serial downvoting, when within minute or two several downvotes are recorded for my posts. Usually the next day I see serial downvoting ...
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Users making multiple accounts

After answering a question today, I noticed that the author responded (wrongly, using an answer rather than commenting) with another unique account. I'm not sure what to do when I notice this type of ...
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Statistical query: from 'most popular' to 'deleted' in a new york minute

I've been noticing a rather depressing trend. If I go to the 10k tools, and look at the questions with the most upvotes, many of them immediately strike me as needing a close vote. And I'm clearly ...
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Exploiting Stack Exchange with the browser console

I viewed the source of a page on Stack Exchange and I discovered that all the up-vote buttons share the same CSS class and so do all the down-vote buttons. That got me thinking: what if user(s) ...
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Unaccept answers when votes are invalidated

When a Stack Exchange employee invalidates votes in cases of voting fraud any reputation earned from acceptance of answers is removed, but the actual acceptance stays. This results in a the answer ...
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Can serial voting detection be bypassed?

I know there should be a script running and probably I'll get my rep back eventually, but I can't help taking this personally. I mean... WTH? This seems like a petty act. Moreover, I'm going for the ...
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Isn't this a serial voteup? [closed]

A profile I visited yesterday clearly had 14 serial votes ( 8 vote up on question and 6 vote up on answer ) in two minutes. I have very good flag history of finding such false voting. However ...
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Two recent suggested edits were not attributed to me in my reputation history

I recently suggested two edits to the tag wiki for the list tag (the body and excerpt), but found that they were not attributed to me in my reputation history. The same day, before suggesting the ...
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Serial downvoting equals loss of reputation for offender?

In the past week or so, I've been serial down voted twice, and the system handled both instances fine. It brought up a question, though. In both cases, I guessed who it was based on who I'd been ...
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Is there anything I can do about serial downvoting that is smaller than script's threshold? [duplicate]

Is there any way to somehow address serial downvoting that seems explicitly targeted on me, but is done in a way that is careful enough to avoid serial-downvoting script detection (3 votes only)? ...
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When does serial down voting script run? [duplicate]

I just got serial downvoted, and I suspect it's my "nemesis". When do the scripts run, and would this instance be detected? It also looks like someone serial un-upvoted said nemesis, which is also ...
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What is done against users collaborating to quickly gain reputation?

I didn't find any other topic like this, so: Imagine the following scenario: User A and B (possibly C,D,E...) want to abuse the system like the following. A asks some simple question. B answers the ...
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Why do I get punished because one person decided to serial upvote me? [duplicate]

I get the way the system works, unfortunately it's not fair on the victim - in this case me. Here's the deal: Today I have been serial upvoted, and have hit the rep cap as you can see in this ...
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“Up-vote me and I'll up-vote you” sort of deals

Think of following pattern of events: User A asks question. User B answers this question, but don't upvote the question. User A upvotes User's B answer. User B checks whether his answer had been ...
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Serial Voter Algorithm Need Tweaking?

My SO account received 5 downvotes within the space of ~2 hours yesterday, mostly against questions I asked. The user started with two, just before the day flipped. Then returned for two more, and ...
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What should I do when an unknown user keeps upvoting my answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is serial voting and how does it affect me? First of all, I must say that I have no sock-puppet or any other similar ways to gain votes like telling my friends to upvote ...
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If a user upvotes answers to a question and I have multiple answers there, it is hardly serial voting [duplicate]

Today I had "serial upvoting" reversed and lost 40 rep. But it is hardly can be called serial voting: seems that a user was voting for requests he liked in this recent post and also voted for 4 of my ...
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What information systems could Stack Exchange display publicly to discourage reputation farming as it relates to mutual upvoting?

As the Stack Exchange websites grow and become more popular I see a few problems that are arising/could eventually arise. Reputation is a useful metric for me personally - it often determines which ...
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Extend the Voter Fraud Script to invalidate excessive cross-voting

The Voter Fraud script that runs overnight automatically removes votes from users who serially downvote another specific user. My idea is a simple one: extend this functionality to cross-voters. We ...
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Shouldn't the association bonus acquired via serial upvoting be reversed?

When a user's rep gets bloated because of serial upvoting, and as result the user is given the association bonus, shouldn't that association bonus also be reversed in case of serial upvoting reversal?
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Bounty after Serial voting..?

Say someone gets a Mortarboard due to serial up-voting. I know that badges can't be reversed. But, votes can. This case is somewhat interesting and I'm curious. Today (over Physics.SE), this user got ...
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Raise an automatic flag when a serial vote reversal occurs more than once

Currently, moderators have no knowledge of serial votes which are auto reversed by the system. There are examples of users being abused for days (only to be reversed each day at 3:00AM), and go ...
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Vote invalidation script should undelete questions that were previously wrongly deleted

When SE invalidates votes due to voting irregularities, the script should check whether those votes have caused any posts to be deleted, and undelete them if they wouldn't have been deleted without ...
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Serial upvoting reversed: I lost 0 reputation [duplicate]

Some goofball has been serial upvoting me for the past two days, and while I've sent out hunting parties to find the miscreant and taze him bro until he quits, I did notice an extreme oddity: When ...
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Where does poor content come from? It's not one question per user

I continue to feel cognitive dissonance between the desire for community moderation and the 'no serial voting' rules. The pattern goes like this: Encounter an awful question or answer Get curious ...
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How can moderators investigate reports of serial downvoting?

There are numerous posts which indicate that moderators cannot see who casts specific votes due to lack of voter information in the data dump, but there are also posts which indicate that moderators ...
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Victim of serial downvoting, undownvoted, but still banned. How to lift the ban? [duplicate]

I'm aware there are already similar threads like this one but none of those answered my question. I recently was the victim of some serial downvoting, because of this I wasn't allowed to ask any ...