Recently, I have seen an issue that has been prominent for a long time, and I don't think that the Stack Exchange / Ask Ubuntu staff have done anything about.
Oh they have. Serial voting has been prevented from the begining
Here's how it goes.
- 2 People who are friends both get above 125 Reputation on AskUbuntu, so that their votes are seen.
What do you mean votes are seen? No one can see anyone's votes - not even moderators can see more than voting trends.
- They both ask questions that may be ignored due to a few reasons.. including (just inside the boundaries, but not about Ubuntu. Knowledge of an advanced script that no-body knows how to fix, etc.)
- Then they paste an answer to their friend, their friend upvotes the question, answers it, then friend 1 accepts the answer and they both get reputation for doing literally nothing.
So they get +10 and then +15 (so +25) for answering a question? Answering a question about "an advanced script that no-body knows how to fix" is not a bad thing.
I am not naming names but when people jump from 600 rep. to 1250 In a single day, something is going on.
600 to 1250 is a change of 650. To get that you need to gain a bounty of 500 plus a 200 reputation (capped) plus 3 accepts. That's quite infeasible to be honest.
11 people have done it. The most recent was almost 1 year ago -November 2014. That was 7 months before you signed up - so your numbers are totally wrong. I'm quite sure those 7 people have not been cheating with this.
What is going to be done about this?
Serial voting is already auto reversed.
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