It is strange that every good answer here has exactly two downvotes each. Would it be sensible to revert this, or should we not care?


marked as duplicate by Jonas Meyer, Martin, Isaac, J. M. is a poor mathematician, Julian Kuelshammer Jun 20 '13 at 6:14

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    $\begingroup$ Your reputation reminds me of the internet when I first started using it, 16 years ago. I had state of the art 28.8k modem... sigh Good times! $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 19 '13 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ I don't understand the question. Revert what to what? $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Jun 19 '13 at 18:30
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    $\begingroup$ @JonasMeyer Make the downvotes disappear. $\endgroup$ – Pedro Tamaroff Jun 19 '13 at 18:31
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    $\begingroup$ Heh, now this got downvoted. $\endgroup$ – Pedro Tamaroff Jun 19 '13 at 18:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Jyrki: I don't think that's right. I think he would downvote more often. The upvotes, I believe went mostly to the questions... (Also I doubt he's really gone.) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 20 '13 at 9:03
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    $\begingroup$ Bill still reads main and meta, but I don't know why we are still talking about him (or sticking to coy pronouns). $\endgroup$ – The Chaz 2.0 Jun 20 '13 at 17:51

There's nothing moderators can do about this, the information they can access about votes is not fine-grained enough to see if anything strange is going on here.

I would generally not worry too much about small patterns of potentially bad votes, in the grand scheme of things a few votes have almost no effect. But if you stumble upon a larger abusive pattern of votes, just flag one affected post and explain what you observed.

Even though I previously said that moderators can't see or do anything about this specific situation, they can still ask SE to investigate and intervene. I don't think this is necessary in such a small case, but the option exists if someone is trying to abuse the voting system in a large fashion.


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