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I've been seeing this only recently. There seems to be someone going in and downvoting not just the question, but every last answer to it as well.

I don't know if this is, or should be a concern, but I thought I'd alert folks to it.

The latest example is here: Mistake correction in representing

Is this something we should be concerned about?

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    If that's an individual's actual opinion -- if they feel it's a nonproductive question with counterproductive answers -- downvoting everything is legitimate. If it's malicious "serial downvoting", it's against the rules and should be cancelled. – keshlam Jul 29 '16 at 16:16
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    I don't see how they're inexorably tied together though. I've upvoted plenty of answers and downvoted the question. I could see downvoting them all if they're individually bad, both the answer and the the question a bad attempt to answer an equally bad question. But to downvote answers because they don't think the question doesn't deserve answering (which is more likely the case) is just dumb. – Chris E Jul 29 '16 at 17:03
  • @keshlam I've seen it a few times recently. I don't know if it would qualify as serial down voting, as this seems to be against a question and it's participants rather than a person. – Old_Lamplighter Jul 29 '16 at 17:04
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    @ChristopherEstep The few I've seen lately have been to quick for the person to have actually read the answers unless they're speed reading. I think it's downvoting the answers because they're not liking the questions. – Old_Lamplighter Jul 29 '16 at 17:07
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    i've seen it as well and i agree – Chris E Jul 29 '16 at 17:16
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    The same person is doing this for multiple questions/answers? – Joe Strazzere Jul 29 '16 at 19:47
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    @JoeStrazzere It looks like it, but we're not moderators – Old_Lamplighter Jul 29 '16 at 20:07
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    Some of us have speed reading as our slowest reading speed. Fast response is not necessarily an unconsidered response. – keshlam Jul 31 '16 at 1:49
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    "Is this something we should be concerned about?" - I'm not concerned. – Joe Strazzere Jul 31 '16 at 20:58
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Is this something we should be concerned about?

There's a rep penalty for downvoting answers, as well as a daily vote maximum for each user. As long as a user is contributing enough to sustain their indiscriminate downvoting habits, I for one can live with it.

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    Yep, I'm with you, they can do whatever they want – Kilisi Jul 31 '16 at 9:44
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    It's allowed; but allowed isn't the same as desirable. I'd say it's healthier for SE and more desirable if people would choose to not indiscriminately downvote. For one thing, it reduces the impact of downvotes if people begin to just expect seemingly random unexplained downvotes. – user56reinstatemonica8 Aug 9 '16 at 11:34
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Up/downvoting is anonymous - there is not much we as moderators can do about such things.

I believe that Stack Exchange employees could access data directly from the database if the situation was problematic and systemic enough but I suspect they would be fairly hesitant to do so.

Also, I should add that people's reading speed varies greatly. I read/skim/assimilate information quite fast, which definitely helps. I am sure others can do this faster than me, too.

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Is this something we should be concerned about?

Not unless you've identified more of a pattern than is evident from your post. People are free to vote however they choose with only a few limitations. Since voting is anonymous and people hardly ever justify their votes, there's no real way to tell if you've found malicious behaviour.

For instance, I'll do this very often for obviously off-topic questions, and I'm not alone, see: Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions? If people answer a low-value, off-topic or unclear question with a low-value answer that took less than a minute to write then you can bet that I'll downvote the lot of it. So that's at least one scenario where this kind of voting pattern is legitimate.

You mentioned the following in a comment: "I think it's downvoting the answers because they're not liking the questions." Keep in mind that even if that were indeed happening, I don't see how that isn't a legitimate use of a person's vote.


Full disclosure: I didn't downvote the question or answer that prompted your question and in fact had already upvoted your answer previously.

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    I've noticed it in a few posts and just wanted to let the community know. I don't think it's widespread, and have only seen it in around ten questions in the past few weeks. I'm of high enough rep that it's not going to affect me. Thank you for your answer – Old_Lamplighter Jul 30 '16 at 17:55
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I will sometimes do this if the question is bad enough and none of the answers are up to the quality expectations that I have. A question that blatantly asks for a bad subjective opinion, and then gets bad subjective answers will tend to get lots of down votes from me. Part of the reason is I personally want to encourage people not to engage with this type of question unless they can provide a high quality answer.

In most cases i would have downvoted those same answers even if the question was a good one. A bad answer is always a bad answer.

On the linked question I personally do not think the question is high quality, but also not off topic or bad subjective. I also that the answer that RichardU provided is not super high quality is reasonable, and I think it could be improved greatly. But I believe it is largely correct and is explained well enough to be helpful to others in a similar situation. Though I could see someone else disagreeing and downvoting it.

The other answer however contains a bad subjective opinion and while probably reaching the bare minimum expectations for an answer explanation it is unlikely to be terribly helpful if someone finds themselves in a similar situation. So it earns a down vote.

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    Indeed, people who post bad answers, regardless of the merit of the question, need to be informed that there's something wrong with what they're doing. – corsiKa Aug 4 '16 at 20:46

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