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Users can only upvote five questions per proposal on Area 51, as is well known. It is probably less well known that you don't have to have followed a proposal to upvote or even propose questions.

What I didn't know until I tested it today is that there does not seem to be any limit in the number of downvotes a user may inflict on a proposal, even one they never committed to. I just successfully made (and then reversed) seven downvotes on questions on a proposal I am not following.

Bulk downvoting would probably be picked up by the abuse detectors but it does seem like a loophole that would allow users to throw sand in the wheels of a rival proposal to the o e they favor.

EDIT Please note that I am not referring to the per-day voting limits. The issue is that a user can only upvote five questions on a particular proposal, but can downvote all the the questions on that proposal. In the unlikely event there were more than 30 questions on a proposal, you could still downvote them all over several days. But you could only upvote five of them. This seems asymmetric.

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This should probably be discussed on discussion.area51.stackexchange.com; Meta Stack Overflow is not anymore reported to be the meta for Area 51. –  kiamlaluno Jan 3 '12 at 12:58
throw sand in the wheels of a rival proposal to the one they favor - This is an interesting statement. There shouldn't be this kind of division on Area51. Any examples? –  Kevin Vermeer Jan 3 '12 at 17:13
@KevinVermeer none I could think of. Maybe I just am over-active in thinking about hypothetical and potentials. –  Verbeia Jan 3 '12 at 20:59
@kiamlaluno ok I will ask it there. I just didn't see many questions about the mechanics of the code as opposed to the proposals themselves. –  Verbeia Jan 3 '12 at 21:03
Questions that are not about the proposals should be tagged "area51-meta"; that is the tag used for questions about how Area 51 works, or feature requests that would change the code used on Area 51. –  kiamlaluno Jan 3 '12 at 21:26
@kiamlaluno ok I have asked it over there. I hope I get to keep the Convention badge this question got me :-) –  Verbeia Jan 3 '12 at 21:29

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