What should be done to people who downvote strategically?
Should a competitor be allowed to cast votes on other answers and/or the question as it can negatively influence the person asking the question? Maybe he does this before he posts an answer. Should the points/votes revert if so?
How is this problem solved now and how is it going to be solved in the future?
Easy questions usually net 2-3 answers at the same time soon after posting. No problem. Until now. When a competing answerer votes down the other answers for false or dubious reasons, what can I do?
Today has been the second time I've been on the sore end of this behaviour (I flagged my answer so that a moderator can see what's happening) and I get taken for a complete idiot as my answer is voted down by users with higher reputation on what I believe to be less than honest reasons.
When one person answers a question, all votes they cast to the competing answers (or question itself) should be discounted or dismissed altogether since they are competing to earn the points for an accepted answer.
If they spot anything wrong on a competing answer they should leave a comment or flag it, but don't give them the option to vote me down. That just gives their answer a higher ground to the OP while mine is pushed to a negative score.
It's not fair to me and it's not fair to the community since it allows answers that won't work 100% a leg up on the competition.
What are my options in this case? Do you find it to be the right way to get more points?
I don't want to start any disputes. I am not saying I didn't make a mistake in my answer. All I'm saying is that it's not fair since somebody else's answer doesn't work better than mine.
Though my own problem seems to be solved (and I ended with more points than I should have) the correct answer is still not accepted. This shouldn't be an issue for now since the OP can think about the answers given based on his knowledge/needs. I bet my case isn't the only one around.