There is a user with the name M. A. Golding which keeps on appearing, with a "new" account each time, often with low to no votes.

At the time of writing:

What is going on here, and what do we do if we see this account?

I can:

  1. Suggest to them each time to Merge Accounts
    • But I have a feeling they won't come back with the same e-mail address so will never see that notification
  2. Ping a moderator by raising a flag
    • But I'm not sure if it's the correct thing to do, since I did that once and the flag was rejected: Image capture of Mooz' flagging history indicating that one of the flags raised to moderators about the "M.A. Golding" account was rejected by a moderator, with the reason "declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention"
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    One day I'll learn to look for dupes before posting. – Möoz Jan 10 '17 at 3:50
  • There’s not much to do, I suppose. Unless they’re doing something untoward, such as upvoting their own posts or mass downvoting (and I’m sure the moderators have looked into it and not found anything), they’re not really doing any harm by having multiple accounts. – Adamant Jan 10 '17 at 3:58
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    It doesn't matter now as the mods will see this meta anyway, but you didn't explain to the mod team what you meant in that custom flag reason. You should be explaining the situation, perhaps link them a few example accounts or even that SEDE query you've got here. Mods aren't mind readers, if I'd seen that flag with no context I would've declined it as well. – Robotnik Jan 10 '17 at 4:17
  • @Robotnik It's true, that flag was s*** and should have been worded more properly. – Möoz Jan 10 '17 at 4:27
  • For the record, M. A. Golding rarely (if ever) responds to comments. I can't recall if they've ever accepted an answer on the (few) questions they've asked. – Valorum Jan 10 '17 at 7:24
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    I know MA Goulding from History SE. He's a good user and posts good content (which is although correct, he often doesn't provide references and assumes that everyone knows the thing he is talking about). He doesn't register (I have asked him on a few occasions). When he loses use of one account, he creates another and uses it until he loses that one as well. If he did register and used one account, I reckon he would be a stable rep user. – Aegon Jan 10 '17 at 10:06
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    @Aegon - Indeed. His answers are usually quite well thought out although he has a tendency to ramble, veer off into side discussion and a strong tendency to post extraneous information. On top of that his posts never seem to improve. Precisely what you'd expect from a user who's not interactive with his peers. – Valorum Jan 10 '17 at 10:16
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    @Adamant As far as I've seen, all the M A Golding accounts are unregistered and therefore cannot vote. This makes any sort of sockpuppet voting fraud impossible. He did recently answer his own question using a different account, but was very clear about the fact that it was a self-answer, so no problem there either. The main reason for merging these accounts would be plain tidiness, rather than preventing abuse. – Rand al'Thor Jan 10 '17 at 11:30
  • For the record, there is (now) a registered M.A. Golding; perhaps the tides are turning – Jason Baker Jan 10 '17 at 14:58
  • @JasonBaker - Alan Smithee – Valorum Jan 10 '17 at 17:22

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