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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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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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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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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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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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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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No You can't. Under most circumstances you cannot selectively change ownership of a post. In theory you could merge accounts but not selectively split off accounts. The one situation where attribution to a question is changed is when there's an incorrect merge (which happened once), or some serious account messups (but that rarely happens and was good fun)....


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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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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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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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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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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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Yes, it's fine. I've done this. A lot of people have done this. The statistics measure what they measure. Don't worry about skewing them. I would caution you about one thing: especially on smaller sites, the questions that make it to the HNQ list are not necessarily the best examples of that site's scope. So it would be considerate of you to check out the ...


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I've flagged a post for moderator attention. This is a clear case of sockpuppetry to game the system.


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This feature request is to allow splitting up a collection of thematically different Stack Exchange accounts among multiple user accounts. First off, why limit the feature request only to 'thematically different accounts'? The easiest way to allow this would be ... to allow this for any and all site profiles, regardless of their theme. Each site has its own ...


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When you log into one of our Q&A sites, you're logging into the whole network, not just that one site. Think of it as logging into, for example, Reddit - you log in once, but you can then "subscribe" to individual subreddits. Joining individual Q&A communities is our equivalent of that. As others mentioned in the comments, if you want to run two ...


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Some of this stuff is done automatically, and some of it is done manually. There is a system that checks for voting fraud by looking at voting patterns and reverses suspicious sets of votes. (The details are kept secret to stop people from trying to get around the limitations.) However, that's all it does - it won't suspend users automatically. That's where ...


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I talk a bit about the process in this feature request and this answer, but moderators have the ability to delete accounts such that they start building a network-wide IP block. This kicks in rapidly on specific IPs, and also intelligently starts blocking accounts across subnets for "snowshoe" spammers, trolls, and question-ban-evaders. This person may have ...


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There are no systems in place to track bounty patterns that I know of, let alone prevent or revert them, but patterns like this are often very blatant, enough that it should be sufficient to flag one of the offending posts to let us know. If we haven't gotten to them ourselves already. In severe cases this may lead to bounties that were already awarded ...


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Yes, but the tools are not available to ordinary users. There are tools and processes in place that can detect this sort of behaviour and if we find it votes are invalidated and/or accounts deleted to deal with it. If this has happened you will see a large drop in someone's reputation. However, it's perfect possible for someone to legitimately earn the ...


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Yes. That is totally okay. The HNQ list exists to pull traffic from one SE site to other SE sites you don't visit (regularly). If you want to award good posts and have the privilege to upvote, feel free to use it, but use it wisely. Keep in mind that content you might like is not up to standards of the site you are visiting, so be aware of the effect you ...


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You had joined back in 2014. But you never did anything there, and your profile got automatically deleted as inactive (we've since disabled that feature). So you do need to join the community there, as you do not have a profile on the site.


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Community managers can disassociate posts, but it's more work to move them. While I have, once, seen them willing to move posts, I don't think it's a service they want to provide except in very special circumstances. As a moderator I've sometimes gotten pushback even for disassociation; it's not free. If you don't want a post to be associated with your ...


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Found the answer There are a handful of legitimate reasons to maintain multiple accounts. A good rule of thumb for identifying abusive socks is: if the second account allows you to do something on the site that your normal account would be prevented from doing, it is abuse. Examples of this include (but are not limited to): Voting on your own ...


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No, that is not remotely true, and we have never asked anyone for screenshots of the accounts before. Depending on what accounts need merged, what information you have, and which accounts you can access, the process for getting accounts merged is very different. You'll need to use the contact form to get further instructions. It's not worthwhile to document ...


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