How many votes does it take to trigger the vote abuse filter? I ask because I just got 3 downvotes on three different answers at roughly the same time (on SO). Artfully enough they all came on my answers that were already negative. I suppose if you're going to downvote something, you might as well downvote the things that are bad.
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Jeff hasn't given details of the algorithm (because detailing anti-abuse measures is an invitation to circumvent them), but I'd imagine it takes a lot more than three votes to trigger it.
And why is it bad to downvote bad answers, anyway? Why would that be considered abuse?
It's unlikely that you are going to get an exact answer to this question. and they may not even answer the real question:
Regardless, please flag one of the questions that was downvoted for moderator attention and note the situation so a moderator can take a look at it.