I would like to know if other users here experienced a curious pattern.
Let's say that someone comes to meta to solve a problem triggered by a post on a completely different subject in one of the StackExchange sites.
Now, the author asks a very good question which also find many supporters in meta. Not only that, but also the content of the original post suddenly receives many upvotes. Or vice versa, a badly asked, criticizing or offensive question in meta in relation to a post causes a stream of downvotes of the post in question.
Let's call that "mirrored voting": The vote for a post on meta give you also a (unrelated?) bonus/malus for the content you have linked to.
The easiest explanation is that the quality of the originator surely has an influence on the quality of his meta questions. But that does not explain why posts with a steady direction up/down (even long ago) receives a sudden surge in the opposite direction shortly after the meta question.
Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, how do you handle it? As I am rarely here, I have no problem with the pattern myself, but I am curious if other users experience it. Perhaps there is already a term for it, but I did not find any posts about this specific pattern.
EDIT: The pattern is different from serial voting because it really affects only the linked question and it is not revenge voting because there are no incidences of downvotes after the original meta post hibernates.
Should be anything done about it in your opinion (I can understand that it is quite a natural behavior) ? Or do you see the problem more on the side of the poster (better manners, be more defensive...)