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Downvoting without given reason. What to do?!

I answered to a question reporting exactly when XML content is considered well-formed (see Why does XML::Simple flatten this Tomboy note?).
What may I do if I think the down-voted was not deserved? I mean, the answer was correct, and was pertinent with what asked by the OP.

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    Maybe you were wrong?
    – random
    Dec 19 '09 at 10:49
  • Is it wrong saying that without a XML schema, XML content is considered valid if it is well-formed? If a XML file has a tag text, without a XML schema it is not possible to say if it can contain other tags, or it should contain only text.
    – apaderno
    Dec 19 '09 at 11:05
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    Do nothing. Move on and answer another question.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Dec 19 '09 at 11:17
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    You are burning through my close votes, you know that? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21133/… Dec 19 '09 at 13:50
  • If you want an answer reguarding a question about a specific question/answer it generally helps to post a link to it so we can see the context for your question.
    – AnonJr
    Dec 19 '09 at 14:42
  • I added the link. Thanks for the suggestion.
    – apaderno
    Dec 19 '09 at 14:58

You can deal with it.

If the answer is right, it'll be upvoted anyway, and that -1 will be a thing of the past. Unless you think there's tactical downvoting going on, there's nothing you can, or should, do.


  • If there would be a tactital down-voting, I guess I should get proves of that. Is that correct?
    – apaderno
    Dec 19 '09 at 10:46
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    Yeah, if you can't prove it, nothing will happen. The automated systems can detect most tactical downvoting, but still. Anyway, a single downvote on one answer almost certainly wasn't done maliciously :P
    – Phoshi
    Dec 19 '09 at 11:03
  • It would be rather difficult prove that somebody simply down-voted because he didn't like an answer, but still the answer was correct.
    – apaderno
    Dec 19 '09 at 13:38
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    @kiamlaluno: exactly. If you think there's something you can do to improve your answer, then do it; otherwise, move on and don't worry about it.
    – Shog9
    Dec 19 '09 at 15:57
  • @Shog9: I was just trying to understand how it works. It's not the case, but as I don't know all of 100%, I thought that could be a button on the page to signal cases as the ones I reported, or a specific page.
    – apaderno
    Dec 19 '09 at 18:35

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