A week ago, after downvoting the answer to the question Unable to get attributes back from GetCustomAttributes, four of my questions were downvoted and on the other day, another three met the same fate.

Downvotes history

I've suspected this to be a case of serial downvoting, since all of my questions I ever had on SO (at the time of downvotes) were downvoted. After waiting two days for automatic reversal to kick in, I've flagged one of the questions ( Why is it necessary to load every argument onto the stack in CIL method? ) and explained the situation in the flag. The flag was marked as helpful, but so far, I did not get the reputation back.

Is there something else I could do, or should I just keep waiting?

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    FYI, moderators don't have the power to reverse votes. I think only devs can do that. But what the moderator can do is warn or suspend the downvoter if they can determine who it is. – Mysticial Jul 24 '12 at 20:40
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    @Mysticial Thanks, didn't know that. In general, I completely understand that this downvoting case is not that severe (I've only lost 14 rep points) and therefore it's probably somewhere on the end of somebody's TODO list. I just want to make sure that it is on that list, I don't care where :) – Nikola Anusev Jul 24 '12 at 20:44
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    You got another five yesterday, looks like somebody's really angry. With the short intervals between the votes, it reeks quite strongly of serial downvoting. – Daniel Fischer Jul 24 '12 at 20:56
  • @DanielFischer Yeah, those five were automatically reverted within few hours, though - maybe the reversal system kicks in with five consecutive downvotes? – Nikola Anusev Jul 24 '12 at 20:59
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    The same thing happened to me last month (only it wasn't repeated). Since the script isn't reversing it, this must be a case of sock-puppeteering and/or collusion amongst other users (the former more likely). I suppose that makes it harder for anything to be done. – jscs Jul 24 '12 at 21:00
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    We could start a neighborhood watch. Not that that would have any effect, but at least we would have a reason to run around with weaponry. – Bart Jul 24 '12 at 21:03
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    Five may be the threshold, but nobody will officially state the limit, the reversal script would be useless if there was easily findable information on its exact workings. – Daniel Fischer Jul 24 '12 at 21:04
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    @Bart: I demand a unicorn to ride around on! – animuson Jul 24 '12 at 21:08
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    These happen quite often. On May 11: This user downvoted the top three answers of this user in response to a (now deleted) comment on this question. It was never reversed. (Here's the relevant portion of chat where I came to this conclusion.) – Mysticial Jul 24 '12 at 21:09
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    @Mysticial: 3 downvotes is hard to call "serial". It's just someone being a jerk. It would be bad if 3 downvotes triggered this script. – Nicol Bolas Jul 25 '12 at 0:34
  • @NicolBolas: If one received only a hand full of downvotes over several years, three in a row on unrelated postings is almost certainly unjustified serial downvoting. And jerks should be banned from the site, or receive a warning first. – Erwin Brandstetter Oct 24 '13 at 16:29

When there are only a few votes involved, it can sometimes be difficult for us to tell with certainty who might behind them. Those seven votes that you show above were not from the same user, as far as I can tell.

I do see that the set of downvotes you received yesterday were automatically reversed by the serial downvoting safeguards this morning. I can say that those votes were not from the same user (or users) who voted on your earlier posts, this was someone new. It looks like you have some fans.

There really isn't a lot we can do here, because there's no clear indication that there was a single user behind the original sets of votes. If this pattern continues, flag us again and we might be able to see if we can identify them then.

As an update, I looked into this some more and I believe I might have found a sock puppet responsible for these votes. Votes from that user have been removed, but this might not show up until tomorrow. Let me know then if this took care of the problem.

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    -340 8 mins ago removed User was removed - wow... – Mysticial Jul 24 '12 at 21:52
  • Excellent, thank you very much for your effort! I will certainly keep you updated. – Nikola Anusev Jul 25 '12 at 5:35
  • Almost 36 hours have passed now. The downvotes are still there. – Nikola Anusev Jul 26 '12 at 6:39
  • @brad Larson : are there any measures in SO if some group of people make someone lose point deliberately ? like distributed down voting of a user. – Durai Amuthan.H Mar 18 '14 at 5:20

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