In the last few days, I've seen an unusual pattern in my rep: very many1 (more than usual) of my questions have received a single upvote (but only a few answers).

It could look like the votes of a sock puppet (it isn't). Could it be interpreted by the Stack Exchange team like that? Do I need to worry?

(Or are they from multiple locations?)

1 Number of unique upvotes = 28, by my counting (from 9 - 24 October)

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    JOHNO! I think you should be ok, but I'll wait for a data guru/mod to answer
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 12:08
  • Very many? No, that is very many. I don't see anything unusual except maybe that you're getting a high proportion of upvotes on old questions compared to old answers. There may well be someone gaming the Electorate badge as DVK suggests.
    – user56
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 20:02
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    My bad. I have been avoiding those I think are bad questions, but most of those were weeded out long ago. And I didn't restrict them to one subject or to one questioner. If I've caused any problems, I am genuinely sorry. For what it's worth, I tried to find those with scores of 9 or 24, so you'd you'd get badges too.
    – John O
    Commented Oct 28, 2012 at 21:53
  • @JohnO: no problem, extra rep is always welcome! I just didn't want the SO team to think I was sock puppeting! Thanks for letting me know. Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 5:16

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At least one person on chat indicated that they were maxing out 40 votes-a-day working towards Gold upvoting badge in the last couple of weeks. This could very well be a side effect.

Feel free to raise on meta or to mods if you get hit by a serial script reversal - they can verify if that was an actual active user and hopefully would look foavorably on restoring the upvotes in that case [ UPDATE: As per Gilles' comment, they can not reverse ].

Unfortunately, you can't do anything (short of this alert-in-advance meta post) to prevent this, since the serial script is 100% automatic.

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    Moderators can't do anything about serial script reversals (neither trigger them, nor undo them). As far as I know, there is no precedent for restoring the upvotes. Serial upvote reversal isn't just about reverting fraud, it's also meant to reverse fanboy upvotes.
    – user56
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 15:24
  • See the last paragraph in my profile.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 17:18

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