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Update It turns out there wasn't just one bugger... there were a few buggers from a certain educational institution behind this madness, along with some honest classmates who were very willing to tell on them :) We've dealt with the real issue now, so we won't be seeing these guys again for a while. Stack Overflow - 1 Cheaters - 0 Yeah, it looks like ...


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Adam Lear implemented this as follows: If a user is destroyed using the "spam" option or deleted using the "no longer welcome" option, a 14-day suspension is automatically recorded on the account at the time of deletion, effectively creating a situation identical to that which would exist if the user was manually suspended prior to deletion (except without ...


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This is obvious, and blatant abuse. It's being dealt with. This particular account does not care about the rules, our community or anything else that doesn't deliver a gift wrapped lump of code, despite accepting several answers. So now it's a short lived game of Space Invaders, as the individual(s) keep creating new accounts. Not all twelve hands are ...


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Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I've merged all of the relevant accounts (this one is a totally different guy and location, unrelated) together and suspended them for a year (for actively and knowingly doing this). There were another 3 accounts I found by IP sharing as well, same treatment. I've thrown this in our team chat, we'll take a look ...


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I think that sounds fine. It's your reputation that you earned. You should be able to spend it on trying to get any question answered that you like. What you're proposing doesn't seem much different than donating reputation for a bounty on a question asked by a co-worker or family member.


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This currently works if an account is suspended before it's deleted, to curtail the very thing you're describing. Folks were getting suspended, contacting us for deletion, and then signing up again all washed-n-rinsed of their previous transgressions. I can see doing this automatically if: The account is destroyed for "spam or nonsense" The account is ...


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The moderator there stated: Your account was deleted since it was created with the intention of avoiding a suspension. This means you have one of two options: If you know you did something that deserved a suspension, don't try to pretend you didn't - just gracefully accept the consequences and learn from it. You absolutely will not win that battle. If,...


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I've seen this user before and have dealt with some of his accounts. As Tim and Boltclock said, we're working on these ones as well. This is annoying and abusive, but nothing we can't put a stop to with a bit of work. :)


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I'd just add a note in the "About me" section describing the purpose of the account. (Feel free to link to this answer as well.) So long as there's no voting or other dubious-looking stuff (like one account asking a question and another immediately answering it) going on between the accounts, it's really not a big deal. Moderators only investigate accounts ...


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Possible? yes. Encouraged? no. Your reputation alone does not say "you are an expert in all things programming" - it says you know how to use the site, and have contributed. That won't change just because you start using a new language. A good question (/answer) is a good question (/answer) regardless of whether the person asking it has 1 rep or 10,000. ...


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I can't confirm LiquidNitrogen yet, but the other five are definitely the same person. Merging now. Thanks for the heads-up.


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Yes. The normal restrictions on multiple accounts apply. You are allowed to have multiple accounts, but: there is no official support for that; it's down to you to ensure they're separated enough to not get merged if you're doing something with one that you would be prevented from doing with the other (evading question blocks/suspensions, voting on your ...


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Suspensions are handed out to address serious issues. You will find them in Suspension Reasons. What you can do: Try to remedy the original reason for which your account was suspended. Don't try to circumvent the suspension by creating alternate accounts. Ask on Meta (which you have already done earlier and now). Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of ...


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This usage will be fine - just make sure that you're not voting on each other's stuff just because it's your spouse. Accounts are automatically merged only in very specific circumstances - IIRC, only if the email address and IP address match. Since you should be using different email addresses, that shouldn't happen. The only thing you need to watch out ...


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As others have suggested in the comments, you have bumped up against an automatic block of new questions from your account. Your account has been blocked because of the ten questions you have posted, four have been closed, one has a negative vote count, and eight (including closed questions) have a vote count standing at 0. You have received one upvote. A ...


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Looks like your account was deleted by a site moderator. Since we (the ordinary users of Stack Exchange) can't see and know any details, and since you don't have account on Stack Overflow itself, I advise to submit a "contact us" form, click "contact" in the footer of any page on any site and choose "Other" then explain what happened. In the meanwhile it's ...


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Yeah... We've been discouraging merging more and more as problems like this have cropped up; at this point it's only supposed to be used when two accounts are almost certainly the same person. Unfortunately, there are still occasionally instances where this fails. No one has to provide any personally-identifying information to use these sites, so when you ...


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If you use one account to upvote the other, that is not allowed and when discovered a mod will merge your accounts and suspend you. If by some chance the existence of your other account(s) is discovered, they will most likely be merged. There is no guarantee that you can do this, and that your accounts won't be merged underneath you. The majority of users ...


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Moderators tend not to explicitly search for users avoiding suspensions by using sock puppets. Those get discovered if the sock draws moderator attention for some reason, often because the sock exhibits the same problematic behaviour as the original account. At this point the moderator might discover evidence that the new user is the same person as a ...


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Now that we switched to the "you're logging into the network" model, your options are as follows: Different browsers Different profiles in the same browser if your browsers supports that sort of thing Incognito/private mode in your browser Log out to switch accounts (Well, it's less of a switch, but now it's global auth that actually works more than the ...


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The system automatically detects votes received from a user, when they are given from the same user on a short period of time. Once the votes are removed, the reputation increase is removed as well; that means you will lose the reputation you got from those up-votes (and you would gain back your reputation, if those were down-votes). Moderators can see ...


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Multiple accounts are not necessarily merged, and certainly not automatically. You are allowed to have multiple accounts as long as you do so responsibly and follow some basic ground rules. Moderators will only manually merge user accounts if there is evidence that they are violating those ground rules, for example conspiring to commit vote fraud. So yes, ...


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No, there is no way that you (as a normal user) can verify this other than by asking the person. And they could always lie to you. Moderators, however, have tools at their disposal to investigate this. You can solicit their attention and ask them to do so by raising a flag on one of the suspected user's posts. Select the "other" option and write some text ...


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Saw the flags on this. Yes, there were shenanigans here (even beyond the above-linked questions), and things should be cleaned up now. This was not the first time for this person, so they've been given a short vacation from the site. Thanks for pointing it out.


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how did he do that? Two accounts, two email address ( = multiple openIds), right? Both users are unregistered (it says "Unregistered User" at the top of their profiles), so they don't have OpenIDs. When he posted the question he filled out the Name/Email fields below the question body: Screenshot of the answer box http://so.mrozekma.com/unregistered-answer-...


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There is no specific rule against merely having multiple accounts, provided you don't use extra account(s) to cheat in any way (such as voting for yourself). That said, it is possible your accounts could be merged, under certain circumstances. However, I must say my spidey-sense goes off a little bit at the idea of using Stack Overflow for "research" on how ...


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Each site's account is separate in that you can have a different name, profile information etc. However, by default all your other accounts will appear in the "Accounts" section. However, you can hide accounts. Select the "Edit Profile & Settings" tab, then the "Hide Communities" option: Then on the list of sites click the "Hide" button: This doesn't ...


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I verified (Data explorer) that the specific user did not add new downvotes. So, I suspect this user of having a sock puppet, since the order of events were too coincidental. SEDE is not updated live; updates are pushed through monthly. Remember that the are a lot of SO users, so seeing a scenario like this is not entirely uncommon even though nothing ...


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The system looks for a disproportionate amount of interaction between accounts as a means of finding and exposing sock puppet voting between users. You would be especially vulnerable to this check because you're already known to be at the same location. But the way to avoid any problems is to make sure you don't vote on a partner or colleague's stuff simply ...


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