This question was asked by a stark newbie to wp.se. The question received about 3-4 downvotes before someone came in and pointed out to the OP what needed to be done. The question was subsequently closed as at -4 votes. Yet, everytime I've come around, the downvoting seems to not stop. The OP has long since gotten the message and has taken his business elsewhere (and acknowledged his misplacement in a comment on the question). Yet some users have taken it upon themselves to continue to downvote the question, eroding his rep further after the fact.
however this is the very first question the OP asked on Stack Exchange ever. Let's be a bit more thoughtful and welcoming in the future please, it's not that hard to check a user's profile, see that they have absolutely no familiarity with the network and be a bit more careful
The quote above is from a question by Yannis Rizos that I believe users here need to remember when administering the FAQ to first-timers, after the fact of closing a question
Is there some way we can protect or advise against this? Even a small FAQ entry to discourage such (to me) counter-productive downvoting?