I just got 11 downvotes on SO in the space of three minutes. Is this a record? Note that to compete for the record, the downvotes must all be on different answers/questions.

One thing I don't get about the people who do this is their motivation. They probably don't know that the votes will be rolled back, but do they really think that -22 rep points are going to make me go off and cry in a corner?

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    may be they waiting your post in meta and celebrating now. :)
    – YOU
    May 18, 2010 at 8:10
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    It made you come here and ask a question... Downvotes are annoying, especially if they're senseless downvotes to good questions/answers. You might not care about the rep, but you still don't like the votes; I sure don't!
    – alex
    May 18, 2010 at 8:10
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    @alex Serial downvotes I don't really mind, and in fact find a bit amusing, hence this post. I do kind of object to having technically correct answers downvoted for no reason though, in which case I usually make a comment to the answer on SO, not post here.
    – nb69307
    May 18, 2010 at 8:13
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    may be someone envy you on this +11 voted post and did -11 on your other question?
    – YOU
    May 18, 2010 at 9:12
  • Has the topic of those posts recently been updated, perhaps all 11 simultaneously became out of date?? lol.
    – devinb
    May 18, 2010 at 9:21
  • An apparently correct answer of mine picked up -3. Since it's one of those rare moments when I actually knew what I was talking about, I wonder Neil's experience is part of some wider spree.
    – Rosinante
    May 18, 2010 at 11:20
  • In less than 3 mins I got 7 downvotes is this weird? this was on a different account Oct 13, 2011 at 23:55
  • I just lost 56 reputation points due to serial-downvoting, and I am sure we can find worse.
    – Jocelyn
    Apr 11, 2013 at 18:32

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42!* And possibly still ongoing. Originating from somewhere around this question which, for the record, I did not even downvote.

Some people have too much time on their hands. :)

* Yes, seriously, 42. I think I can die happy now. X-D



The worst I ever got was 18, I think it was the result of closing the n'th attempt of someone re-posting the same exact question because they did not like the answers they received on the last attempt.

One of the other closers had just reached 10k and happened to be in IRC at the time. He was rather upset that someone else's hissy fit ruined his "I just reached 10k" party.

Fortunately, it was close to the time that the serial down-vote checker ran, all was back to normal within an hour.

Just be glad you don't have a SO stalker that serially up/down votes every single thing you post.

I feel that this is solid evidence that having a life is not a prerequisite for living.

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    Stack Overthrow takes your life by force.
    – Gnome
    Jun 3, 2010 at 10:04

No, they didn't break the record, at least to this one

  • I will have to try harder, I guess.
    – nb69307
    May 18, 2010 at 8:16

I just got 30 downvotes (which I guess is due to serial downvoting), which reminded me of this thread.

Glad I didn't give my address.

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    I think we have a winner.
    – Jon Seigel
    Sep 22, 2010 at 0:51

No, I got 14 down votes in this post

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I still think that removal of reputation cost when down voting questions will encourage users to down vote indiscriminately. I have posted this issue in this question, But no one agree with me.

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    I agree with you. :)
    – deceze
    Aug 8, 2011 at 9:05

I just got 28, and I have no idea who I might have angered, or how.

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    Damn son, somebody's out to get you.
    – user7116
    Mar 17, 2012 at 1:45
  • Hey, now I'm getting random upvotes. I love you guys :) Mar 17, 2012 at 1:48
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    You'll get it all back tomorrow, and likely lose some of the upvotes due to the same script. The Vote Fraud Script giveth and the Vote Fraud Script taketh away.
    – user7116
    Mar 17, 2012 at 1:50
  • They've been reversed, within ~3 hours. Gotta love that. Mar 17, 2012 at 3:17