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Today, for the second time in the last week or so, I've had a windfall of upvotes -- upwards of a dozen at a time. Each time all the votes have been within a few minutes of each other, which leads me to believe the same person is upvoting a bunch of my answers in the same session. Maybe I'm just looking a gift horse in the mouth and someone liked one of my answers enough to go through and upvote many others, but it seems a little fishy. Is anyone else seeing this kind of thing?

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    Could be someone's trying to push you into the 3k+ category to boost the site stats on Area51. Not exactly the purpose of upvoting, but if you've got good answers then it's justified. I recently went back through the users hovering just below 200 rep and upvoted any good answers/questions they had. I figured it would encourage them to contribute more and also boost site stats. – Doresoom Nov 5 '10 at 23:27
  • @Doresoom Ah, a conspiracy! – Mark C Nov 8 '10 at 18:53
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I wasn't responsible today, but I did spend a couple days a week or two ago trying to find interesting questions and answers to max out my votes for the day. Mostly in response to this and this and this. You often have excellent answers, so if anyone else was doing the same I wouldn't be surprised if you were bumped.

  • Thanks Steve -- that makes sense. I haven't been voting as much as I should! – Mike Powell Nov 5 '10 at 20:27
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I checked your upvotes and I do not see anything suspicious; just a bunch of votes from known users. We did have another user report the same thing but I searched and could not find anything suspicious at that time either.

I know my usage of this site is similar to @Steve Jackson's. I come in and read through new questions and vote up the good answers and questions in one session. So that type of usage (and I bet that is a similar pattern for others) could explain why you got a bunch of upvotes all at once.

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    I was that user and the up-votes I got triggered the vote fraud scripts so they were rescinded. It was no big thing as I had some other votes that day and soon regained the rep, but I did get a couple of badges from the votes which I've only just re-earned. – ChrisF Nov 7 '10 at 23:47

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