My question was about using web-design skills to make websites for opensource projects and using those websites to showcase skills on a portfolio site.
To highlight some points I used bold lettering which was probably rightly distracting.
Inside 5 minutes, i have 4 down votes and my question is probably not visible to users due to this situation.
I fixed the issue by removing all bold lettering from the question, but now it's probably gone far below the normal threshold and looks like a very bad question or a troll question, which it is not.
I have explicitly requested that downvoters kindly reconsider the downvote because the bug is fixed. But they would not be bothered to come back to the question since it is already at -4 and they probably forgot about it while going through more questions.
So if 4-5 users (a few may not even be out of college) who do not have knowledge or experience in the domain just come and downvote, I fix the issues they have, and they do not bother to cancel their downvote, many other users who might find the question interesting just lose it as it is now pushed firmly back in the queue.
This is clearly not correct.
I see no evil involved - just a combination of mistaken formatting (me) and impulsive down-voting (someone else) and the question goes below a thought threshold ( -4! ).
Hence I opine that this is a "bug" of some type.
What to do to fix this kind of problem?
(I hope I dont get downvoted here because I mysteriously offend someone in spite of my providing a polite, civilised explanation - like it happened over there.)
For some strange reason, 3 of my replies explaining my position have been deleted. This ensures that I sound like a cry-baby which I am not.
If the mods want to frame me, I cant do much. You guys rule, your powers are so great that no God can even touch you. Happy?
Provoking a person into answering repeatedly by deleting explanations is trolling and mods who troll out of love for mischief are not doing everything in the best interests of SO.
Please don't make this slashdot.
I've faced a cabal many years ago. And by keeping quiet back then, I only encouraged them to continue trolling me. So I'm going to keep explaining my side of the story.
You deleting my comments is neither normal or fair.
Deleters, you are just wasting my time and your own.
All I would like to say is that meta should probably not become IRC or slashdot. SO is one place where flaming is limited by many checks. This would have to be the number 1 issue faced by the SO team during beta and since launch.
And so this is another bug. Jeff Atwood would probably be wise enough to notice this. If he feels that deleting comments that explain one's position is bad, he is welcome to state so.
I really really did not expect a flame war here.
The issue was a bug report about speedy downvoting and someone has taken it all the way upto trolling by selectively deleting my explanations.
Brevity is evil in this case. Sorry, you asked for this long reply.