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So, I downvoted someone on SO and commented WHY I did it. His answer was not what the question asked. In my opinion this is how the system works, right? So, directly after that I got 3 downvotes on other answers I posted in other questions. I thought, ok what a stupid.. But, now, the day after, I again got 6-8 downvotes..

What to do about this? It's not that I care loosing rep, it's more like it shouldn't be right to downvote good answers. Here's some examples:

how to join two multidimensional arrays in php (+9 | -1)

What is the meaning of form action="/"? (+9 | -1)

Getting a record from another table (+7 | -1)

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This won't be turned around by the system as it's not seen as serial downvoting.. So my question is: What can you actually do to prevent people like this from downvoting others they don't like? Do you need to flag it for a moderator?

marked as duplicate by Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard support May 21 '14 at 13:59

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  • You cannot prevent people from doing this. The linked question gives you the other options; you can flag a post and explain what you think is happening, but moderators cannot do much but collect info about someone possibly evading the serial voting script deliberately. – Martijn Pieters May 21 '14 at 13:51
  • Ick, that was meant to be closed as a dupe of What is serial voting and how does it affect me?. – Martijn Pieters May 21 '14 at 13:51
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    Don't worry, the system should pick up the events in the screenshot. I would be surprised if it doesn't. As it will pick up the upvotes you have received just now. Someone doesn't seem to know whether to love or hate you. ;) – Bart May 21 '14 at 13:54
  • @MartijnPieters Hard players don't need to do that, they simply do "independant" downvote. On wikipedia this type of behavior is named as "flesh-puppet". This was probably a light-weight amateur try, which will be fixed next midnight automatically. – peterh May 21 '14 at 13:56
  • Related: What should you do if you're serial downvoted & it isn't automatically reversed within 24 hours?, linked from the FAQ I tried to dupe you to. – Martijn Pieters May 21 '14 at 13:57
  • Thanks all, got my answer! – Joran Den Houting May 21 '14 at 13:58