Dustin, yikes! Voting rings on StackOverflow is scandalous, however it explains some of the bazaar voting behavior I see. Thankfully, I have not seen quality decline much.
As an engineering lead, I see a lot of phony credentials and resumes. I’m never angry at this and often wonder what terrible circumstances drive people to do these things. Sadly, I can’t sympathetically hire people to work on rail or power grid control systems.