I have had four or five down-votes in the past few days on answers that I thought were helpful (and so did others, including the OP, in most cases). Of course none of the down-votes came with any comment to help me understand how I could improve my answer.
Since at least one of these questions had several less helpful or even completely wrong answers, and mine was the only answer on the page with a down-vote, I can't help but wonder if it isn't the quality of my answers but rather someone with a grudge or vendetta. So what I'd like to know is, how do I point these questions out so the administrators can look into this? I don't want to know the results or the identity of the down-voter(s). But at the very least if my suspicions are correct I would hope that vengeful down-voting is discouraged.
Yes, I understand that some of you are thinking, "Suck it up, whiner." I just want to point out that this is a recurring behavior that is severely limiting the positive experience I've enjoyed on this site for a long time.
Let me be frank: I do not give a rip about the reputation points. Hell, take 10 away for every down-vote. But make them pick from a list of common reasons or include a comment with the down-vote. All anonymous down-voting does is drive helpful people like me away from the site. I am more than happy taking constructive criticism, but I don't like getting burning bags of dog crap left on my porch by disgruntled peers. In spite of all the positives in this community, this negative aspect is very quickly becoming a deal-breaker for me. It's funny that I observe this behavior here on SO but not on dba.stackexchange. Perhaps I'm over-reacting and these people have legitimate problems with my answers. Just seems to be too many cases where I feel like I'm being targeted, and too many cases where it feels like it wouldn't have killed them to explain.