Someone is going through my questions serially down-voting several in a row with no comment and explanation. Given this is a well-known pattern could the down-voters please take the time to say why . The site is starved for new questions and new users and questions getting closed hurts this imho

and yes this is meta. i will close it shortly assuming it doesn't get down-voted out in seconds which is also possible.

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  • I think the system will in theory revert those downvotes at some point, but I seem to recall reading you can flag questions you feel have been serially downvoted if that doesn't happen. – c32hedge Mar 20 at 17:45
  • To answer your title question more generally, I generally downvote and vote to close questions when it's clear the OP put zero effort into writing or researching it, or the site, and I feel from past experience that it would be a waste of time to try explaining why. Mostly I use downvoting as a signal to other regular users to not waste time on junk questions, which unfortunately we seem to get a lot of. However, I try to be good about retracting downvotes and/or voting to reopen when the OP comes back and makes improvements, but we get a lot of "eats, shoots, and leaves" users... – c32hedge Mar 20 at 17:51
  • ...that ask a question and then are never heard from again, even when they're asked for clarification. – c32hedge Mar 20 at 17:52
  • That is helpful. thank you! – Michael Durrant Mar 20 at 18:23
up vote 4 down vote accepted

I do definitely see the 3 in a row recently which is abnormal.

Individual votes cannot be traced back to a user, even by moderators. The dev team probably could, but for a small case like this they wouldn't.

I've run what analysis I do have and can say that no single person has engaged in a major downvote campaign against you. One person did have a large number of downvotes against you, but has almost 5x as many upvotes for you, so it's far more likely they just have a lighter downvote trigger than most. (You also represent a very small percentage of that user's downvotes.)

There was another user with a moderate number of downvotes toward you, but this user's statistics show they vote down WAY more than they vote up.

I'm not saying you're not a victim, but you're not a severe enough victim that we can do much about it. I wish there was more I could do, but the thresholds are set to make sure only severe cases get attention.

:shrug: ?

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