On PHP modify TXT file my answer was down-voted first. Then up-voted twice. It took some time before it gets fixed on +1. Because in the mean time this answer had many events like up-vote, down-vote, un-down-vote, up-up-vote.

After that I noticed my reputation increased by 10. Then after some more time I noticed its reduced by 10. So I though someone un-up-voted it. But no. It was 5 down-vote at the same time. 4 of them came from very old post of mine. Some of them are correct answers.

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Was this a coincidence or was I down-voted deliberately?

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    It (4 downvotes within a minute!) certainly seems suspicious; see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/28756/… or meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21575/… – Matt Mar 30 '12 at 10:32
  • today someone downvoted my 22 answers, hope vote anomaly script will correct everything. – Renatas M. Mar 30 '12 at 10:55
  • @Reniuz - that'll definitely be reversed tonight as well. – Nick Craver Mar 30 '12 at 11:01
  • @Reniuz your profile's reputation tab looks more verbose! – Shiplu Mokaddim Mar 30 '12 at 11:01
  • Yeah...someone calms down in interesting way :) – Renatas M. Mar 30 '12 at 11:20
  • Its your fault for being a PHP developer. Don't you know how cranky they tend to be? – user1228 Mar 30 '12 at 17:33

This was deliberate, and would be caught tonight when we check for this sort of behavior. Just for kicks I invoked the job early to make sure, which reversed this serial downvote spree.

Note: I was actually testing some behavior here, don't use this answer as a reason to request a dev to this...it runs every night and that's enough.

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  • I just noticed a reversal on my profile. And I think its better to wait as of @Matt's comment on my question. – Shiplu Mokaddim Mar 30 '12 at 11:00
  • would be caught meaning, the downvoter will be known? – TheFisherMan Mar 30 '12 at 11:50
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    when we check for this sort of behavior For some reason, the usage of we invoked an image of the SE team peeking under floorboards for serial downvoting. :/ – Manishearth Mar 30 '12 at 12:17
  • @PresleyDias Even if they do, the information will not be made public. – Alenanno Mar 30 '12 at 12:20
  • @Alenanno ok but then what happens?, only the downvotes are reversed ? – TheFisherMan Mar 30 '12 at 12:23
  • @PresleyDias I suppose they'll warn the user to avoid having such not constructive behavior. If users keep downvoting just as a sort of revenge thing (multiple times — for a single case a warning is enough), they can end up being suspended for that. – Alenanno Mar 30 '12 at 12:25
  • @PresleyDias Also up-votes get reversed. – kiamlaluno Mar 30 '12 at 12:26
  • @Alenanno, the warning-the-user part is a bold assumption. I'd assume no such thing. – Arjan Mar 30 '12 at 12:26
  • @Alenanno oook got it, they can end up being suspended for that is better i gues in extreme cases – TheFisherMan Mar 30 '12 at 12:27
  • @Arjan Not at all. PresleyDias, yes, when it starts to be more than a one-case thing. – Alenanno Mar 30 '12 at 12:28
  • Okay, @Alenanno, any reference for that then? – Arjan Mar 30 '12 at 12:30
  • @Arjan I can't give you details, obviously, but it happened to me. I mean, I was serially down-voted and the user got a warning. – Alenanno Mar 30 '12 at 12:55
  • @Arjan Serial voting (up/down) is disruptive behaviour, and typically the moderators will contact the user privately the first time, or suspend if the behaviour persists. – yannis Mar 30 '12 at 13:02
  • @YannisRizos I'd really want to know how moderators contact personally? because there is no messaging system in SE sites. – Shiplu Mokaddim Mar 30 '12 at 17:44
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    @Shiplu Moderators have access to a tool to contact users privately. These messages are seen only by the user who is being contacted, the moderators of the site (all of them, not just the one who send the message) and of course Stack Exchange employees. If a moderator contacts you that way, you will receive the message the next time you log into the site. Alternatively moderators can create private chat rooms and invite users to them. Both methods are reserved for serious moderation related issues. – yannis Mar 30 '12 at 17:49

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