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Is it OK for a user to ask other users to vote for him as a quid pro quo for voting their questions?

It is not allowed to make deals about mutual voting, definitely not explicitly and not even implicitly. This would be considered as a voting-ring. Even to just vote on many of a user's post because ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

CRUDE, as described in its description, is an incredibly helpful tool. There is nothing unhealthy about "feedback/discussion/requests of Close/Reopen/Undelete/Delete/Edit for questions and answers on ...
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On mutual tactical serial upvotes and unconstructive comments

Your post leaves many important details open. Some questions follow: How are the answers? Are the answers that are being upvoted any good? If they're not good, then this is an issue indeed. If the ...
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On mutual tactical serial upvotes and unconstructive comments

Some notes in the form of an answer. Moderators cannot invalidate votes. Any votes. Ever. (And those downvotes I received on that answer were certainly not appropriate! Why can't I invalidate them!? ...
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Is this targeted voting?

I often read through a user's profile page if they post a lot of great answers. I want to upvote all of them, because they are all good. Is this targeted voting? Yes, at least in the sense the system ...
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Are my serial downvotes inappropriate?

In my mind there are at least three sides to this, in general not only for this particular case. At one level the votes are appropriate. They are based on your best judgment of the post. To ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

Updated: put this suggestion at the top, since I felt it became important. Original answer follows below that. My challenge to anyone who "doesn't like CURED": Join the room and take actions at ...
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Are there often serial upvoters on the site?

Is this frequent? The yearly moderation report (e.g. 2020: a year in moderation) does not contain that information. I don't know if a count of voting corrections is kept somewhere, perhaps a ...
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Question About Serial-Upvoting

For larger scale strategic upvoting, see above. However, those keen (petty?) enough about raising their scores are also aware of thresholds that actually trigger attention and action. I have chat ...
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Question regarding the standards of the site. Need help. Someone mass downvoting my posts.

First, let me stress that indeed the down-votes seem not good. It is basically never alright to down-vote in a string. (It is not even advisable to do this when each post does merit a downvote; I do ...
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How many upvotes are too many?

Agree with everything quid said. Just adding a few observations. Voting old answers is very much ok. As long as you find them during "natural" browsing of the site, like following an interesting ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

Is CRUDE healthy? You mean right now!? I dunno. Heck, I don't even know when right now is! Perhaps the more important question is Can CRUDE be healthy? Certainly. Though it would probably be more ...
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A user has downvoted me many times

We the diamond moderators have access to some aggregate voting statistics. I had a look. The total number of downvotes from any single user to you is so low that there is nothing actionable. Some ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

I was going to write just a comment, but there are several points to be made here so I decided to promote my 2 cents to an answer. My observations regarding CRUDE, the state of MSE, and this topic: ...
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Received the "Mortarboard" badge due to Serial Voting. Can this badge be removed please?

This badge is not revoked automatically. See Mortarboard badge is being gamed too many times. Maybe time for auto revoke? for a feature request for this to happen. However, somebody at SE could ...
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Serial down-voting risk from review queues

When I feel like I might be bordering on serial down-voting (even beyond the review queue--I occasionally go on witch-hunts for people who post contest problems, which can lead to many down-votes/...
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How many upvotes are too many?

How many upvotes are to many? The details of the script are not public, to avoid users working around it. If I write a comment to every answer upvoted about why I think it good, would the system ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

No, it's not. Cranks, nuts, newbies, PSQ-askers, PSQ-answerers, rep-farmers, donut-eaters, people making wrong assertions. How can we make them stop doing those things, or get them to leave? A self-...
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Why Reputation is Locked After a Serial Up-Voting?

Yours was a bit of an edge case. The serial voting script runs early in the day (UTC, of course), and thus usually the votes it reverses are from the previous day. Then the reputation recalculation ...
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Question About Serial-Upvoting

Stack Exchange scripts detect both short-term and long-term unusual voting patterns. For an example of the latter system in action, see this thread: the votes which were removed did not all come ...
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Down votes on all my recent answers?

Is this allowed? No, serial downvoting is not allowed. And will mods do something about it? Better. An automated script should reverse it within 24 hours. Or is the only solution to fight fire ...
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Serial down-voting risk from review queues

If a user's poorly written questions or answers keep showing up in the review queue, it's perfectly reasonable to keep downvoting and/or voting to delete them. Otherwise (1) the poorly written posts ...
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On mutual tactical serial upvotes and unconstructive comments

Is not some of that bound to happen? Perhaps a great deal. I keep track of where I am spreading the joy and it amounts to about 10 different people are getting 50% of it. Why is that? Well because ...
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How do I go about determining if downvotes are serial?

If the votes come together, at the same time (more or less) on different posts, they are probably serial. If they are part of your breakfast, then these are cereal downvotes. In any case, there is a ...
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What to do about one or two downvotes received daily?

It is best to bring this up via a flag 'other.' Flag one of the affected posts and describe the situation briefly; to flag one post suffices, we can see which other posts were downvoted then. (I see ...
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