I've been downvoted unfairly at least 26 times in one of my recent answers.
This is bad because if my answer was really rubbish, why would the three voters upvoted my answer?
The problem started when my answer started at -1. I was unlucky that my first response was a downvote, otherwise everything else would have been fine.
This meta-post is similar.
It has been my experience on multiple answers and even on closure votes on questions that unreasonable downvoting occurs like a flock of geese landing on a pond, more of a follow-the-leader activity, as contrasted to independent, original, individual thought.
What can we do to discourage the bandwagon effect here?
Thanks for the responses by our mods and everybody else. May I please remind the following comments by a user:
this excellent answer got 29 downvotes, so it does happen, I don't think it's a huge issue though, I usually only get around 10 downvotes
We have independent data to confirm gang downvoting does happen. I'm not trying to cause trouble here, just trying to point out the possibility.