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Can anyone tell me how long it will take a moderator to give details about a flag? Can a moderator roll back my reputation, if I am downvoted by mistake?

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    It's unlikely you were downvoted by mistake... – ben is uǝq backwards Dec 30 '13 at 10:24
  • But what about fraudulent voting – ravibagul91 Dec 30 '13 at 10:30
  • What do you mean by "giving details about flag"? What specific flag are you talking about, and what do you expect? – slhck Dec 30 '13 at 10:33
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    @RaviBagul Serial downvoting is reversed automatically. Any other kind of downvoting is unlikely to be fraudulent. – doppelgreener Dec 30 '13 at 10:37
  • I solved one problem and posted an answer,but some one down vote me. why? – ravibagul91 Dec 30 '13 at 10:40
  • @JonathanHobbs: as the practice shows, that is not necessarily true. I saw serial votes like 13 within 4-5 minutes not getting reversed! – lpapp Dec 30 '13 at 10:41
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    @RaviBagul The tooltip on the downvote button reads "This answer is not useful". Apparently someone thought so. – doppelgreener Dec 30 '13 at 10:42
  • @LaszloPapp Then how are you sure it was serial voting? If you suspect it was, you have the option of flagging any of those posts and requesting an investigation. – doppelgreener Dec 30 '13 at 10:45
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    If you meant this answer then I can't blame downvoter. A block of code with no explanation at all is not particularly useful. – Mołot Dec 30 '13 at 10:45
  • @JonathanHobbs: how am I sure whether 13 votes on different answers within 4-5 minutes which has never happened before during the history of the account is serial? Guess what. That being said, I feel more harm about being honest with people when downvoting because they tend to begin the arguing needlessly. For the same reason, I do not like begging for downvotes. I feels like a negative energy in the end. – lpapp Dec 30 '13 at 10:47
  • Sorry Friends. I think my answer really was not so helpful.Thank you again. – ravibagul91 Dec 30 '13 at 10:53
  • @RaviBagul: you can still improve it if you have the skills and then it will be upvoted by the users, I believe. – lpapp Dec 30 '13 at 10:59
  • Ravi, you posted two Answers to the same Question; normally, that's not necessary. Maybe they can be merged into one, and more complete, single Answer. The guide How to Answer can help you. – brasofilo Dec 30 '13 at 16:32
  • @LaszloPapp - For the record, the only string of 7+ targeted votes against your account was indeed reversed by the system on Sept. 10: stackoverflow.com/users/2682142/… . If there is another such grouping of votes that we're missing (unlikely, given the tools we have at our disposal), flag and we'll take a look at it. – Brad Larson Dec 30 '13 at 17:03
  • @Brad: it was not just about me, but the script did not catch one instance out there that I am aware of. Feel free to contact me in private. I do not feel comfortable about talking it in public anymore, at least as of now. – lpapp Dec 30 '13 at 17:05

Moderators, in general, do not interfere with voting and only have very limited access to information about votes. Specifically we do not have a way to tell if a vote is "by mistake" only the user who cast the vote can tell that. Please don't flag for moderator attention for general voting.

(The one exception is fraudulent voting where we can and do intervene if it is seen - please do flag if you see evidence of that).

In terms of the time taken to investigate a flag it totally depends on what the flag says and what we see when we start looking. Some flags are trivial to judge and act upon, some require more detailed investigation. If a flag is clearly explained and has merit then someone will take the necessary time to look over it and act appropriately.


Moderators will not spend time for the information of who has down-voted you. Nobody must give information about that since it is private.

Normally, system warns the down-voter to write the reason of the down-vote, so owner of the question/answer can fix his mistake. But there is no rule that a down-voter must explain his reason. If you receive a down-vote, then you can ask for the reason of it.

If your question/answer is poor (poor covers many things in here please read How to Ask section) then you may get a downvote without any explanation since users expects you to read that section before you ask/answer.

There is a protection system that track the down-votes, so it is hard to do a serial down-vote, But if you have suspects on that, then you can ask help from a mod. But for that suspect, you must receive many down-votes in a short time where there is no reason for a down-vote according to faq.

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