Morpheus Eberhardt wrote:
GarryB wrote:Do you have suspicions?
About nobody specifically, I was just thinking about the potential existence of a weakness in the forum's "reward management" mechanism.
When I originally answered your question, I was obviously trying to be relatively diplomatic with my answer. However, I think it is now appropriate for some investigation to be done by the forum moderators, as it is hard not to be suspicious about certain users with respect to the vote-rigging issue.
I suspect there is circumstantial evidence that there are two different users who are possibly involved in using multiple accounts to illicitly inflate their reputations. One of these users is Militarov, who is also possibly involved in using multiple accounts to illicitly down-vote other members. The other suspicious user should remain nameless for now.
You may have noticed I have recently been trying to curtail Militarov's deleterious activities on this forum. Here are some data points that circumstantially corroborate my suspicions of this user with respect to possible vote-rigging activities.
1- The user joined the forum under his putative username only on the 3rd of September 2015 (only 50 days ago); since then he has received 41 up votes (!) and 17 down votes. Considering the mostly nonsensical nature of his posts (except possibly for the copy-n-past posts of run-of-the-mill images), and the stringency of this forum member’s in giving up-votes, 41 up-votes in such a short period of time is very suspicious and sound more like some kind of joke.
2- Over the last “couple” of days one of my posts, that reported negatively on this user, has received 3 votes, one up-vote and 2 down-votes! Two down-votes, of course, require two accounts. Of course, there is the possibility that the two accounts can really belong to two different individuals. The post I was referring to can be found at the following location.https://www.russiadefence.net/t3916-forum-non-technical-issues#129097
3- During the days my posts were being down-voted, it seems that the user was not “detectibly” receiving any up-votes, possibly receiving none at all. Circumstantially not really surprising if the user required another account’s daily voting budget for down-voting my posts, e.g., as described above.