I'm concerned about whether my own pattern of behaviour might be interpreted as serially down-voting another user. But I find myself conflicted about whether to continue or not because I am NOT down-voting as revenge or personal grudge. I genuinely believe these answers are bad answers ¹.
On the particular Stack Exchange site there is a low enough rate and answers that regular members can and do review a high percentage of all. So inevitably I do see most of these answers without doing anything so pernicious as following the user's profile.
It doesn't help matters that in a previous interaction with this user they became abusive and landed themselves with a two day ban for their behaviour ².
I note that the rate of downvotes against this user's answers has dropped. but it doesn't appear to be related to improved answers but some other factor. In all of this I am driven to look out for the sake of future readers seeking advice rather than the ego of individual users.
We want to stop personal attacks and we want to detect these and put them right. But we can only detect correlation, we can't detect causation. I don't want to avoid giving downvotes to woefully bad answers, where I feel comments won't help fix them. But I'm scared to downvote another answer from this user in case I am accused of serial down-voting.
¹ These answers follow a pattern that could be described as "a stream of consciousness loosely triggered by the question". These answers frequently don't manage to hit the same topic as the question let alone provide an answer. They often include significant misinterpretations of the manuals meaning they can be diametrically opposed to "the right answer".
² In my very first interaction with this user, they posted a particularly vague and seemingly incorrect answer to my own question. I commented to ask for clarification and my comment sparked an unfortunate cycle between the two of us that resulted in this particular user becoming abusive and being suspended. Despite having been polite and non-confrontational I still felt mortified that I had triggered this and would have silently down-voted had I known the outcome. This appears to have triggered a sequence of revenge down-votes from the user in question.