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A couple days ago, I noticed that three my questions on Meta Stack Overflow were downvoted around the same time.

Yesterday, this question on webapps.stackexchange.com got two downvotes at almost exactly the same time (even though it was a relatively obscure question.)

Additionally, three of my questions on Stack Overflow were downvoted today (apparently at random) within the same hour:

http://stackoverflow.com/users/975097/anderson-green?tab=reputation

So I'm still not sure why several of my questions (especially older, more-obscure ones) are sometimes downvoted at the same time. Are these random "downvoting sprees" likely to be intentional, or is it more likely to be coincidence?

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Of all of these random downvoting sprees, this one is the most surprising: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/28692/… It looks like this question got two downvotes at around the same time - perhaps it was on the front page for a short period of time, and attracted a couple of downvotes for that reason. –  Anderson Green Dec 26 '12 at 20:44
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Who knows? Votes are anonymous. And with only two downvotes one can't say there is a pattern. –  Oded Dec 26 '12 at 20:44
    
Especially surprising is the fact that three of my older questions (on Meta Stack Overflow) got downvoted at the same time - this doesn't appear to be entirely coincidental. :/ –  Anderson Green Dec 26 '12 at 20:46
    
Possibly, but there is no way to tell. –  Oded Dec 26 '12 at 20:47
    
The question you linked is clearly off-topic for the site you posted it on. I don't know why you are confused about that. Check their faq. –  Robert Harvey Dec 26 '12 at 20:50
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If your question is closed as off topic it picks up an automatic downvote from community. –  Martin Smith Dec 26 '12 at 20:50
    
@RobertHarvey The question was about MediaWiki, which is considered a web application (to the best of my knowledge.) In that case, what makes it "off-topic"? –  Anderson Green Dec 26 '12 at 20:52
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No, the question is about programming MediaWiki. If you look at the faq, you will see that the site is clearly intended for users of web applications, not developers. –  Robert Harvey Dec 26 '12 at 20:53
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Serial downvoter.If so, the votes will be reversed. –  Ramy Al Zuhouri Dec 27 '12 at 2:26
    
@RamyAlZuhouri It looks likely that it was a serial downvoter, but I have no way of knowing who downvoted each question. –  Anderson Green Dec 27 '12 at 2:28

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Questions get votes when they get views. Questions get new views for a number of reasons:

  1. They get "bumped" to the front page, either by having new activity (edits or new answers posted to them), or by being randomly "poked" by the community user.

  2. They show up in a Review Queue.

  3. Your user account gets noticed by the community, and they review some or all of your posts.

In all likelihood, your question got more views for the second reason, having appeared in a review queue when the question got closed.

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That's very likely, but it doesn't explain why 3 of my questions on Stack Overflow got downvoted today within a 30-minute time period. This seems much more surprising to me. –  Anderson Green Dec 26 '12 at 22:34
    
I updated my answer. –  Robert Harvey Dec 26 '12 at 22:39
    
Is there any way to find questions that have been added to the review queue? –  Anderson Green Dec 26 '12 at 22:41
    
I doubt it; the queues are customized to each user, and probably don't include your own posts, as that would be a conflict of interest. –  Robert Harvey Dec 26 '12 at 22:43
    
Why would the inclusion of my questions in a review queue be considered a conflict of interest? –  Anderson Green Dec 26 '12 at 22:45
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Because you would be reviewing your own posts. –  Robert Harvey Dec 26 '12 at 22:45
    
In that case, how are the questions customized to each user? If they aren't visible to users, then how can the questions in the queue be reviewed by anyone? –  Anderson Green Dec 26 '12 at 23:00
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I don't think you're getting it. Your questions are not visible to you but they are visible to others. That's what "customization" means; it means that each person sees a different list of questions in their review queue. –  Robert Harvey Dec 26 '12 at 23:01
    
Are review queues visible to moderators (but not regular users), or are they visible to no one at all? –  Anderson Green Dec 26 '12 at 23:03
    
I get a review queue just like everyone else. But my queue has a different list of posts than yours. Just like everyone else. Put it this way: I've never seen one of my posts in my own review queue. Ever. –  Robert Harvey Dec 26 '12 at 23:04

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