No, let's not have automatic notification that your votes have been reversed.
Let's keep the status quo with respect to notifying users about when their votes are reversed for serial voting. In other words, that they:
- Are not notified for automatic reversals which don't affect their own reputation (i.e. they do see an adjustment in their reputation of the -1 for each reversed downvote on answers), and
- May be notified by a moderator with a moderator message if the situation came to the attention of moderators and the moderator deems it appropriate to take action to inform/remind the user about what's inappropriate when voting.
Moderators and staff are already involved in any manual reversal and can choose to notify, or not
Any manual reversal is, well, manual. Such manual reversals are handled by moderators and staff, who can choose to send a moderator message to the user(s) whose votes are reversed, or not, depending on the circumstances.
So, really, this question/feature-request is only about automatic reversals, as manual vote reversals are already covered, with notifications at the discretion of moderators. Note: I'd support improving the tools for moderators in this area, so that it's less work for them to send such messages, but I wouldn't want a notification that is always automatically sent.
Users who are voting conscientiously only relatively rarely have votes auto-reversed.
If such reversals were not rare, then we'd have a much larger problem and the automatic reversal mechanism wouldn't really be doing what it's designed to do. So, I'm going to take it as a given that reversals of votes that really were appropriate are actually quite rare, at least as a percentage of all those which are reversed automatically. There might be a significant number, but it's a small percentage of the total automatic reversals.
While there are times when people who have voted conscientiously do have their votes reversed, due to being detected as serial voting, that's really not something they need to know about. As long as they are giving votes primarily after actually evaluating a post and not targeting a specific user, then it's relatively rare for them to have their votes reversed due to serial voting. Overall, it's better to just let the votes be reversed. If the user happens to come across that post again in their normal use of the site, then they can re-vote.
Informing users that their votes were automatically reversed has negative consequences for the system.
Giving feedback to users that their votes have been reversed has, from the system's point of view, mostly negative results:
- People, mostly bad actors, more easily learn what does and does not trigger automatic voting reversal. This allows them to more easily learn how to avoid automatic detection. We really don't want that, because there's just not enough moderator or staff time to manually handle the bulk of what is currently handled automatically. We already spend an inordinate amount of time tracking down cases where people have learned enough about how the system works to avoid much of the automatic detection mechanisms.
- Those people notified will be much more likely to try to re-apply the reversed votes. From a system point of view, we don't want people doing that. A very large portion of those who have their votes reversed, particularly when reversal is done as an automated process, will feel that their votes shouldn't have been reversed. Mostly they will either feel that they didn't do anything wrong and that the automated process was there to catch someone else, or they will already know that what they did wasn't appropriate, but they will still want those votes applied. So, the users will try to re-apply the votes. In many cases they will continue to do so until successful. This will leave us with many more inappropriate votes active in the system.