It is possible that someone serially upvoted my posts. I can't see it.

But the weird thing is that some of my answers were unaccepted. That is a puzzle.

What does this mean?

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    Weirder: those unaccepted answers still have the tick, at least when I look at them.
    – muru
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:21
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    Sounds like a big glitch. Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:21
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    It looks a glitch for me too.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:22
  • I saw some people lost 20000+ today too.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:28
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    @Pilot6 Have a link to these people that lost 20k+?
    – user200337
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:46
  • askubuntu.com/users/260935/cl-netbox
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:46
  • You may want to read meta.askubuntu.com/a/15520/169736
    – Braiam
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:55
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    Holy smokes! I would not be happy if I lost 20k... Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 21:02
  • @AndroidDev Many more lost 20k, 17k, 10k.... I lost 500+ , askubuntu.com/… , , askubuntu.com/… Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 3:15

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This is in reaction to the issues raised in Exchange votes or favours

As I wrote there,

I've written a query to identify votes that were overlooked because of these flaws, and am currently running it against past voting data; 192 users were affected, most by only a few votes but some by hundreds - those people greatly affected by this I've sent messages in preparation for some consternation.

The "unaccepts" are an artifact of the system not differentiating between normal votes and "accept" votes.

Sorry for the inconvenience; I'm afraid the tooling currently available doesn't make these corrections particularly smooth to roll out. Should all be wrapped up in about an hour.

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    It is OK. It is a generally good job to stop serial upvoting. But now it looks like an overkill for me.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:59
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    And please take in account that at AU there are not too many people who write many good answers. And upvoting each other is not always cheating. I could upvote someone like A.B., Fabby, etc many times. But it is not personal at all. I upvoted Oli many times too, but that seems to be OK.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 21:01
  • And to be fair I downvoted the above mentioned people too ;-)
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 21:03
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    Hard not to look like overkill when year(s) of corrections all get made in the span of a few hours I'm afraid. BTW, I didn't ignore downvotes with this - there are equivalent systems with equivalent flaws for serial downvoting, and votes missed there are being corrected as well.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 21:05
  • For instance I upvoted many posts by a few users. But I downvoted some other posts of the same users. Does not that mean that this voting is not personal. I agree that it is hard too code 100% fairly.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 21:11
  • Being fair is impossible, but at least we can be objective - hence a system based on patterns.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 21:12
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    It is OK for me. But some people may get really pxxxed off.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 21:14
  • Is it supposed to as well undo down-votes? This what happened to me i see a down-vote I done being undone and i only down-votes the answer and the question of someone down who had not a very good sportsmanship. I think this should not happen...
    – Videonauth
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 22:31
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    Yes, @Videonauth: downvoting posts because of their author is just as discouraged as upvoting posts because of their author. Vote according to the quality and usefulness of the post, not your opinion of who wrote it. See also: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/3248/serial-downvoting-reversed
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 23:04
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    I'm not even talking about serial down-voting, I'm talking about a user who in fact first up-voted me, then decided to put an own answer forward and retracted his up-vote. Left me with finally deleting my answer and leaving him for this single question and answer a down-vote. Such behavior should not be encouraged at all I believe. But well then so be it. But if your script counts two down-votes given on an answer and a question in short time already as serial it does not feel right and you should probably be back at the drawing board and check that algorithm.Its just my two cents.
    – Videonauth
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 23:16
  • @Videonauth You described exactly what we don't want - downvotes because someone removed their upvote. This system seems to work well.
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 0:45
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    @Tim you are entitled to your believe and viewpoint, but I'm still saying that measurement is to close, we are all humans, i spend a while searching for an answer just to get copied from the OP, well makes me angry as it would do to anyone else. And if a system narrows down onto finding two votes out of millions, the algorithm is not right. :) Note: I'm fine with the whole process itself. Just pointing out this may be flawed to a point that a regular use of that algorithm is not of use.
    – Videonauth
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 0:55
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    OK, this has been really bothering me today that I lost 70 points on this. First of all, I had no idea what "serial voting" was in the first place. Secondly, how were we supposed to know that we were victims to it? Thirdly, I have written good quality posts where the OP thanked me for helping them and I was correct on my answer, but this system took my upvote from the OP away and it was legit.
    – Terrance
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 3:21
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    I don't know whether to be happy or sad that no one liked me enough to serially vote for my posts.
    – Elder Geek
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 14:30
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    You know part of the story here, @fabby. I've spent a fair bit of time looking at the rest.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 23:51

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