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At first I thought someone had serial downvoted me and the system was restoring my rep, but on closer inspection it looks like the opposite may have happen, I just don't understand why. :(

And yes, I've read the learn more link.

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    It seems to relate to user Thirsty-Kitty. You unaccepted two of their answers (1, 2). They then unaccepted two of your answers. This seems to have triggered some sort of voting reversal as they then also lost 90 rep.
    – Valorum
    Feb 8, 2017 at 19:03
  • @Valorum but I didn't unaccept, the system did that. :(
    – RedCaio
    Feb 8, 2017 at 19:08
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    @Valorum if you're asking about user Thirsty-Kitty, she's my wife. We're both scifi/fantasy fans and often we both use the same computer. Sometimes our discussions will give one of us an idea for a question/answer, and then the other might end up upvoting it but that's just coincidence - we just have similar interests. It doesn't seem fair to either of us for her voting to be reversed just because we have similar interests and use the same computer. :(
    – RedCaio
    Feb 8, 2017 at 19:18
  • The canonical page on sockpuppeting from main meta.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 8, 2017 at 19:21
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    @RedCaio Don't worry too much about it. Like it says on the help page, serial voting isn't necessarily a malicious or abusive thing: it can happen for all sorts of reasons, which the system can't always distinguish between. The rep reversal isn't intended to be any kind of punishment.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 8, 2017 at 19:24
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    Btw, @RedCaio, I apologise if my answer below sounded brusque or patronising. I wasn't trying to dismiss your concern here, but rather to make clear that this rep loss was a "by design" thing and not something you need to get too worried about. I wanted to close the issue quickly before people started speculating and accusing you of sockpuppetry (I've already had to delete one or two less-than-polite comments from this question), but it probably ended up coming out the wrong way. Sorry.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 8, 2017 at 22:16
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    @Randal'Thor I think this is the nicest anyone's been to me on SE in a while. wipes away a tear Thanks :)
    – RedCaio
    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:35
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    I would have assumed it was a bounty given by someone who got deleted. Then again, if you have 17 thousand rep, I wouldn't really worry about losing 100.
    – Omegacron
    Feb 11, 2017 at 3:23
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    Better yet - I found a decent answer of yours, and when I can I'll award you the +100 bounty I started. So I'll give you 100 of my own rep... because I love you. I mean, this community. Besides, anyone who has a wife named "Thirsty Kitty" deserves props. Problem solved.
    – Omegacron
    Feb 11, 2017 at 3:41

2 Answers 2


Your latest comment seems to answer this. Your physical proximity to another user (and their consistent attention to your questions and answers) seems to have triggered some sort of anti-sockpuppeting mechanism.

Per Shog9's post on the subject of sockpuppets

What you think is a sockpuppet could in fact be my good friend Nog Shine, who loves everything I write, copies my writing style, and uses my computer to vote and post stuff when I step away for coffee.

But in practice, there are patterns that are extremely unusual unless someone is using a second account. If it actually is a very enthusiastic friend, they should know better than to continue this behavior after being warned about it. Feel free to contact the SE team if you're unsure - we have a fair bit of experience in dealing with this sort of thing.

If you intend to continue operating two accounts from the same IP address, you'd be well advised to use the contact us link to explain your connection to the CMs and make it explicit that your actions are benign. They may (or may not) reverse the reversal but at the very least they'll offer some advice regarding the best way to prevent this from happening again.

  • So... if she upvotes more stuff from other users etc. is there a chance at us getting our rep back?
    – RedCaio
    Feb 8, 2017 at 19:26
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    @RedCaio - Ask a CM using the Contact Us link. They're the only people who can adjudicate. My guess is that they will, but don't quote me on that
    – Valorum
    Feb 8, 2017 at 19:31

As you can see, the majority comes from voting reversals where the system determined that there was voting abuse and reverse the upvotes. Serial voting can happen up or down.

In this case, it's because the system determined your accounts were sock puppets. While having a spouse or coworker upvote your posts is fine, you'll need to be more careful in that you're not upvoting/accepting their content in an unusual way (such as accidentally voting for them more often than others, which can happen easily when some in-person mentions a question you're both interested in). And the same is true of them.

The other account, Thirsty-Kitty, has very low activity. Because of this, their activity related to your account probably comprised too large of a portion of their actions, triggering the sock puppet reversals.

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