I detected that somebody serially downvoted my random answers on Academia.SE (see picture below). However, no action occurred from SE software, which supposedly detects and reverses such hostile actions (in addition to punishing the attacker). What should be my next steps?

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    Sometimes it takes a few days to detect the pattern.
    – StrongBad
    Nov 28, 2015 at 0:03
  • @StrongBad: I see. Then I will wait a little - there is certainly no rush with this. Thank you for clarification. Nov 28, 2015 at 1:01
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    Take a look at this and this on Meta.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Nov 28, 2015 at 8:02
  • @Wrzlprmft: Thank you for referencing the links. Nov 28, 2015 at 10:33
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    Those are all on answers to closed questions. I suspect someone downvoted them to make the questions easier to delete (require fewer votes to delete.) So it's probably not personal (for what it's worth...)
    – ff524
    Nov 28, 2015 at 23:58
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    @ff524: Thank you for your comment. Even it's not personal, I think that it is totally unacceptable to manipulate votes for any purposes. Not to mention that closed questions should IMHO stay closed and not being targeted for deletion at all (for many reasons, including a drastic difference in complexity of reopening deleted questions vs. closed ones). Nov 29, 2015 at 5:19
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    @ff524 I've been noticing this pattern on a number of my answers as well. Not enough that I felt it worth raising, but if it's happening widely, it may be worth a discussion.
    – jakebeal
    Nov 29, 2015 at 5:38
  • @jakebeal You can raise a meta post to discuss if you want... but even if there is a consensus that downvoting in order to delete is an inappropriate use of voting, there isn't anything we (mods or anyone else) can do to enforce it. The only tools we have to identify inappropriate voting habits are for identifying votes that target a particular user.
    – ff524
    Nov 29, 2015 at 5:51
  • Top tip: don't answer crap questions. Deletion of crap is an important part of how the site works. Answering crap questions encourages the asking of more bad questions, as well as hindering their deletion. When one answers a question that's too broad or off-topic, one worsens site quality. Please be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
    – 410 gone
    Dec 10, 2015 at 13:33
  • @EnergyNumbers: Thank you for the tip - will keep that in mind. However, I'm not sure how it is related to serial downvoting. Dec 11, 2015 at 2:05

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The serial downvotage appears to have been fixed by now:


The remaining downvotes (three on a single question) can't really come from a single user.

Do you want to accept this answer or self-answer and accept, just so we see this has been resolved?

  • Stephan, I'm gladly upvoting and accepting your answer. Your help (and others, if any) is much appreciated. Best regards, Alex. Dec 3, 2015 at 8:14
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    The downvoted answers no longer appear in that reputation history because the questions they were posted on are deleted, not because votes were reversed. It looks something like this when votes are reversed.
    – ff524
    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:30

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