I made a comment for an answer that had a mistake. Someone else down voted that answer, but the guy with the answer assumed that was me who down voted. After that the guy corrected the answer somehow and maybe waited for the down vote to be removed.

The downvote was not removed and the guy as revenge down voted two of my questions. Is there something I can do?

The problem is that the down voted answer was removed.

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    That's why I usually say, "I didn't downvote, but this is wrong because..." - nothing like getting framed...
    – Mysticial
    Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:19
  • In short, there's nothing you can do. Moderators can't reverse votes (although they can forward the information to developers who can). 2 downvotes is too few to trigger the reversal script. So either you eat it, or hope a developer will care enough to take a closer look at it.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:20
  • eating it :) and hoping that something can be done to prevent such problems in the future Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:23
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    @Mysticial This is why I say "I didn't downvote" even if I did.
    – JJJ
    Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:34
  • You are just going to have to suck it up. It's just one of those things that you have to accept. Occupational hazard. I'm sure you'll pick up a couple of sympathy up votes from this question though. But just don't worry about it. Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:44
  • @DavidHeffernan I already did. Someone up voted these 2 questions. I feel embarrassed now. Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:45
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    It always feels bad when people down vote you. You just have to learn to cope with it. If the down votes are fair and valid, improve your post. If the down votes are obviously malicious, ignore it. Don't let it get you down. Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:49
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    When that happens, my standard response is: "I didn't downvote, and here's my downvote now to prove it". It's not the nicest thing in the world, but it works, the OP immediately realizes how much of an ass they were being to someone who had only tried to help them.
    – yannis
    Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:53

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You can add a comment that you did not downvote.

And if you feel you got serial downvoted then wait a day. If it does not get reversed automatically then flag one of the downvoted posts for moderator attention. They can handle such cases.

In the end 2 downvotes are 4 reputation points. Like others commented: You may also just let it be. Especially with almost 4000 rep you already have.

  • The problem is that the down voted answer was removed. Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:21
  • You don't have to flag that post. Flag one of your posts that got serial downvoted. In the flag comment you can add a link to the question with the removed answer.
    – juergen d
    Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:22
  • I'll try that. Thanks. Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:24
  • Yes. No big deal. But I was shocked about that guy reaction and felt that I should do something. Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 19:32

There is an easy way around this in my opinion. If someone claims you were the downvoter, and you were not, then you can state you were not in comments.

If that does not deter them, and if their answer does not in your opinion deserve a down vote, you can consider upvoting it as the ultimate evidence and commenting +1. This will show beyond a doubt that you were not the downvoter and should remove any animosity involved.

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