Mostly some people who closed my question are now following me around down marking all my questions, spitefully. What process do i go through to stop this?
closed as not constructive by Mark Trapp, ChrisF, kiamlaluno, waiwai933, Cody Gray Jul 24 '11 at 3:43
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It's a relatively simple three-step process, but can require a bit of skill to execute properly so please read through all three steps before proceeding:
I've found that, over time, this process has drastically reduced the number of down-votes cast on my posts.
No. This is an open community, and we strongly encourage members to accept criticism with grace and consider changing so they fit in better.
The automated voting anomoly process runs on the site occasionally and detects patterns of downvotes that appear to be one user singling out and attacking another user. If there is one person downvoting all your posts, the votes will be reversed.
This probably doesn't apply in your case.
You posted a message to meta asking for more attention on your questions, and you got it.
But just like asking a teacher to regrade your test, they don't just look at the one question you have a problem with, they re-grade your entire test.
So too, on meta we attempt to look for patterns, and in doing so we evaluate more than the one question that you're interested in discussing.
While your question involves a compiler, the reality is that what you need help with is software installation. Lots of software installs use compilers, but they aren't programming related.
Your question cannot be solved merely by changing some source code, so it's not a programming question.
Now, this site is run by the community, and if you really want to change it and get others to allow software installation questions on stack overflow, you are welcome to try.
But there are thousands of people on here who are experts at programming - not software installation - and they don't want to see such questions on a programming website. To them, it's noise.
So on the one hand you can respect that and use SO only for your programming questions, and find other sites for your software installation questions.
On the other hand you can try to change stack overflow.
I can tell you from experience that the latter is much, much harder than the former.
Please keep in mind that people aren't attacking you - they are attacking your questions. Don't take it personally - due to the early days of the site being too full of off topic questions, the community has grown a very, very strong allergic reaction to questions that are even a little off topic.
Your questions are real, important, and they deserve a solution. However they are not a good fit for the experts here - which is really the crux of the matter:
There is no process. It is always possible for angry and spiteful people to go to your profile and downvote everything. Since votes are anonymous, moderators can't track it and fix this sort of thing.
There is one method of prevention, though: don't cause people to be angry and spiteful.