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A user posted an answer on Stack Overflow which was incorrect.

I downvoted it (and upvoted the other correct answer besides my own), and told him why I downvoted it, and he proceeded to downvote my answer, unjustly.

What can I do about this? What are my options?

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    How can you be sure that adeneo was the one downvoting you?
    – hjpotter92
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:08
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    It is only a -2 hit in rep... I'd say let it go and move on.
    – user226423
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:08
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    Yet those are all assumptions. You can't know for sure, and it doesn't matter. There are no options but to move on.
    – Bart
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:10
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    @Damien - it's not about the points, it's about fostering a community that's about help, and not about revenge
    – TheSmose
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:10
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    @Bart - if there are only 2 downvotes on all answers, and one is his, and he's showing a -2 for the downvote I gave him and a -1 for giving a downvote, the only possible conclusion is that he gave me the downvote. This is not an assumption. It's simple logic.
    – TheSmose
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:11
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    Even so, move on. There is nothing that can, nor should be done about it. Users are free to vote how they see fit, barring serial votes and vote fraud. Even then, don't confront the user.
    – Bart
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:13
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    @TheSmose as downvotes are anonymous, all you have are assumptions. Let it go and continue helping other people.
    – user226423
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:16
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    It's not conclusive logic at all. There are lots of users browsing any given page on Stack Overflow at any given time. It's equally as likely that someone else saw your answer and downvoted it. (They don't even necessarily have to see it on the question pageā€”it could have appeared in a review queue somewhere!) Jul 27, 2013 at 14:17
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    Also, this is why most of us have stopped leaving comments when we downvote other people's posts. Jul 27, 2013 at 14:18
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    @TheSmose Since when can you see when users have cast a downvote? That's not possible. (and if it was, that's a bug) Take a screenshot of it and show us.
    – Bart
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:20
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    Ah... haha... I must have looked at my own activity list by accident. OOPS!!!
    – TheSmose
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:21
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    Ok, this question sucks... I'm removing it
    – TheSmose
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:22
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    You can't. It has an upvoted answer.
    – Bart
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:22
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    @TheSmose hahahahhahah OMG are you sure we're not related, the number of times I've done this... I gave you a sympathetic upvote.. hm hope Bart doesn't read this
    – user310756
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:23
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    Don't worry @Skippy. I haven't.
    – Bart
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:27

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What can I do about this?

Move on.

Is there a way that I can contact him directly to confront him about it?

About what? Downvotes are anonymous.

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    "-1 downvoted Regular expression for Dutch zipcode" for GIVING a downvote -- if true, then that is a bug, which I can hardly imagine nobody noticed yet. (Go into some private browsing/ingocnito mode and look at your own profile.)
    – Arjan
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:20
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    @TheSmose Could you post a screenshot?
    – asheeshr
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:22
  • Nevermind... see main comments. I think I looked at my own profile instead of his.
    – TheSmose
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:26
  • PS - checkmark for you. Sorry for being an idiot. :)
    – TheSmose
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:28
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    @TheSmose How do you feel about retaliatory upvotes? ;)
    – asheeshr
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:33
  • @AsheeshR - Hah! :)
    – TheSmose
    Jul 27, 2013 at 14:41

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