I've just experienced my first revenge downvoting spree, presumably for my comment on this question. I posted a comment which a user took offense to; a little later I have 1 new downvote on each of my questions. Not really surprising; the user has a history of abuse on SO.
I'm not here to cry about the downvotes. It's a whole 22 magic Internet points, and the abuse-detection bots will no doubt undo them anyway. But it occurs to me I don't know whether stuff like this should be flagged for a moderator, especially given this person's history.
- Do moderators typically look into abusive voting when it's automatically detected?
- If I see suspicious activity that will probably be detected by Stack Overflow, should I report it anyway?
- I know sock-puppet self-upvoting leads to account merges, bans, etc. Does revenge downvoting have similar consequences?
- Given that this guy has already been recognized as a problem by other users, should I make more or less effort to draw attention to him? It feels a little pointless to pile on, but on the other hand, the fact that he's already been called out seems to make this even worse.