Lately, it seems there has been a tendency for some users to group together and compulsively upvote posts that adhere to a certain viewpoint or posts by certain users that uphold this viewpoint or downvote posts that throw shade -either blatantly or subtly- on viewpoints that are in opposition to theirs.

What is SE's and HSE's stand on brigading?

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    This is speculation. Upvoting and downvoting a post is user's personal choice. There is no proof that there is brigading or groups. You don't know who are upvoting and who is downvoting. Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 12:09
  • @NogShine true. I as a user don't know who is upvoting or downvoting but Mods or SE will. If there is concern about brigading, I'd like to hear steps SE takes to counter it.
    – user1195
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 12:10
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    No, even moderators won't know who is upvoting and downvoting. Only the employess of SO can see it when there's some illegal style of voting. Unless there is illegal, it will be caught by the system. Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 12:12
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    Even if some people do that i don't think there is any way to stop it.@moonstar
    – Rickross
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 12:51
  • Anyways mods are the best persons to answer this one.
    – Rickross
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 12:52
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    This is unfortunately true but I don't think anything can be done about it. We can't stop users from voting, this is a subtle point like the interpolation post, we know it's wrong but can't do anything about it.
    – Pinakin
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 14:56
  • I got some points restored by the system with the message "serial voting was reversed". Is that the same thing?
    – S K
    Commented Dec 4, 2017 at 18:49
  • @SK No that's different. This is different. Your case- Someone targeted you and downvoted ur random posts. That's illegal to do. System automatically will reverse it. Has happened with me too See this: hinduism.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/518/…
    – Rickross
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 17:11
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    What is the meaning of making this question a "faq"? @Pandya
    – Rickross
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 6:50
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    @Rickross Unfortunately our community has been facing the issue of blind secterian voting. So, this post would guide users towards the voting ethics.
    – Pandya Mod
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 16:51
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    @Pandya People will still vote. No way of stopping them. If u say to smokers "Don't smoke" will they stop smoking? NO, it does not work like that..
    – Rickross
    Commented Jan 20, 2018 at 6:41

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Note: In addition to cover the question has asked, I felt to address some relevant issues and hence posting a general answer:

Hinduism StackExchange is not like a game show or popularity contest. The site is not here to dictate or define the views of it's users. The goal is to provide reliable information about Hinduism rather than debating among the beliefs or philosophies.

One should not upvote the post just because his or her personal philosophy or doctoral belief agrees with it. Instead one should cast upvote if the post is quality, well written and researched, backed up with sources and useful to visitors; even if you may disagree with the doctrine or philosophy presented. In brief, Voting should be done on quality and usefulness of posts, not on the doctoral agreement.

Otherwise, such voting based only on the agreement rather than the quality of post would make the voting system like a popularity contest which would be dangerous or unhealthy for the community since such activity highly deviates the goal of Hinduism StacExchange.

We know that among all the religions, Hinduism has very much diversity, there are various beliefs and philosophies. The problem we often face is due to the difference in thoughts and beliefs or different Sampradaya. Let me tell you that proving particular beliefs superior than others is not the objective of this site. We should respect all Sampradyaya, their beliefs and philosophies I've already pointed Please stay away from Shiva vs. Vishnu debate. Btw, I remember we also had a post Please try to appreciate others' views, answers and perspectives - even if you don't agree!

Also note that We should encourage the community to answer in the same alignment to the question. It means "the questions should be answered specifically within the context of the belief system they are asked."

This issue is quite common on religious sites, you're recommended to visit relevant posts on other sites which passed from similar situations:

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    "Hinduism StackExchange is not like a game show or popularity contest. The site is not here to dictate or define the views of it's users. The goal is to provide reliable information about Hinduism rather than debating among the beliefs or philosophies." - if you really mean those things, you need to add those to the site info / on-topic page. Commented Feb 9, 2018 at 20:30

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