There are some very immature people on this site that will down-vote me if I don't choose their answer. Has anyone else had this problem?

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    You can show a proof for this? – Ladybug Killer Aug 25 '09 at 14:05
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    I'm jealous you asked this question. -1 – Jeff Yates Aug 25 '09 at 14:06
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    Examples please. – cletus Aug 25 '09 at 14:19
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    it is not super common but has happened a few times in the last couple weeks, there is no way to prove it as mentioned but sometimes you can just know, On 1 ocassion a guy got really upset that I didnt use his answer and I chose another 1 which was a much better answer, the guy then followed me around and posted negative things on all my post for that day and downvoted me of everything, I am sure the downvotes were from him as they happed right after all his negative talk and after he would post things in a question, then I would get the downvote. – JasonDavis Aug 25 '09 at 14:30
  • @jasondavis, you should flag the behaviour, and a moderator can check it out for you. – devinb Aug 25 '09 at 14:35
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    @jasondavis, please ignore Rich, your situation is something that happens on SO, and all you can do is flag a moderator if it's done extremely – Lance Roberts Aug 25 '09 at 14:59

This is something you can't actually prove, so it's just an assumption.

P.S. If you don't accept this answer, I'll down vote you.

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    @OP: If you do accept this answer, I'll downvote you. Your move, Ian. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 25 '09 at 14:08
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    If anybody moves...I'm flagging you all! – Sampson Aug 25 '09 at 14:10
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    Oooh...a flagging...a flagging...Oooh...flag me too! – EBGreen Aug 25 '09 at 14:11
  • That's it: I'm sending an email to team@stackoverflow.com! – perbert Aug 25 '09 at 14:15
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    waits for the required moderator intervention – BinaryMisfit Aug 25 '09 at 14:16
  • Ban them all, Diago! – Ladybug Killer Aug 25 '09 at 14:26
  • It's a logical fallacy to think that not having proof = assumption – Lance Roberts Aug 25 '09 at 15:00
  • @Lance, not at all... but that seems to be the word of the month on MSO so it's w/e – Ian Elliott Aug 25 '09 at 15:19
  • The verb to assume is spellt ass-u-me – Treb Aug 25 '09 at 16:04
  • Wait, was that flagging or flogging? – jtimberman Aug 25 '09 at 17:21

If it becomes blatant, there are reputation recalculation algorithms that are run on an undisclosed and perhaps not consistent schedule that will adjust for it. I they are being clearly abusive, flag the abusive comment/answer and explain the situation in the flag text box and a moderator will look at it.

  • They run periodically? I would say every now and then... – Ladybug Killer Aug 25 '09 at 14:10
  • @John: There is no rule on what the length of the period is although I would say it was aperiodically as the length of that period does change. – Jeff Yates Aug 25 '09 at 14:17
  • so much for building my bot to downvote my enemies/haters! – JasonDavis Aug 25 '09 at 14:27
  • I think they run every 6 to 8 weeks. – Paul Tomblin Aug 25 '09 at 14:41

People are down-voting over inane reasons!

News at eleven.

People downvote for a number of reasons, not necessarily logical. They also upvote for the same not necessarily logical reasons.

I think that in the end it evens out.

Also there is no way to know intent of a vote, not until SO Neural Iterface 0.3.2 goes public Beta in about 6 to 8 weeks.

  • (-1) My feet hurt. – Shog9 Sep 23 '09 at 0:24
  • Flag post as footstep noise. – perbert Sep 23 '09 at 0:56

I don't think a single occurrence of this is very provable or worthy of being searched for and reversed. However, if there are users who are consistently doing this, I would hope the fraud prevention algorithm does or will look for this and reverse it. It is not a behavior that seems in keeping with the spirit of SO.


If you sincerely have a problem, send an e-mail to team@stackoverflow.com. However before doing that flag the questions/answers you believe this has happened on and why. The moderators will then investigate if necessary.

However the voting mechanism does get checked by regular scripts that will undo common down-voting scenarios.


While there are those who may partake in this behavior, I believe they are in the minority and a single downvote does not carry enough weight to really have a detrimental impact on your reputation. In addition, if they go on a campaign of retributal downvoting, they will get caught out by the system detecting their unsportsmanlike conduct.


I've had this problem, but I can't prove it.

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    I also see invisible pink unicorns – juan Aug 25 '09 at 14:22
  • I'm glad I'm not the only one. Do they tell you about the Cataclysm too? – Bill the Lizard Aug 25 '09 at 14:27
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    If they're invisible, how do you know they're pink? – John Rudy Aug 25 '09 at 14:28
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    Invisible cornification? – EBGreen Aug 25 '09 at 14:29
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    @John, that's magic (btw, you are not concerned that I can see them?) – juan Aug 25 '09 at 14:35
  • You have to be able to see them to be in Meta – perbert Sep 22 '09 at 23:49

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