I just got 3 downvotes in a row on 3 of my recent answers. I also just asked a question, got 2 bad (IMO) answers and downvoted those answers. Coincidence? I think not.

I have since went back and took away the downvotes I gave to the 2 answers, and now the downvotes on my 3 answers have been taken back too. Can SO do anything about people like this who downvote bomb you?

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    There are already some measures in place against "downvote bombing" -- we usually call it "tactical downvoting" here -- but they might not have helped in this case. If you suspect bombing, flag one of the downvoted posts for mod attention and enter a short description. Your question text here would work just fine.
    – Pops
    Oct 4, 2010 at 18:16
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    possible duplicate of Combatting Mass-Downvoting.
    – Pops
    Oct 4, 2010 at 18:19
  • possible duplicate of Mysterious downvotes (14 random downvotes in 5 minutes)
    – Shog9
    Oct 4, 2010 at 18:22

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Since 3 downvotes is most likely not enough to trigger the downvote protection mechanism* you should flag a post - any post - for moderator attention, so they can look into it.

* When I did some testing on a dummy SE 1.0 website I found out that the mechanism kicked in after 5 or more downvotes in 1 day from the same user.

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