I contributed an answer to Is arrow notation for vectors "not mathematically mature"?, that, much to my surprise, has received lots of votes. However, someone whose profile says that they are engaged in quality control on MSE has made some critical comments that I dispute and that are phrased in rather hostile terms: "... absurd that this answer got 121 upvotes ...", "... platitude ...", "[something else] ... does have some content". I don't mind debate, but I understand that comments on MSE are not a place to have extended debates. So how should I react?

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks to the rapid reactor who voted to close this question. Why is it off-topic? $\endgroup$ – Rob Arthan Jan 11 '15 at 0:24
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    $\begingroup$ if you feel that some comments are offensive / unconstructive — there are comment flag reasons exactly for that — or just 'keep calm and carry on' $\endgroup$ – Grigory M Jan 11 '15 at 0:26
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    $\begingroup$ My preferred solution here is to close and delete the question, thus resolving any issues of the worthiness of upvotes. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Jan 11 '15 at 0:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Grigory M: thanks. That's a useful tip. $\endgroup$ – Rob Arthan Jan 11 '15 at 0:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Fundamental: you've lost me. My concern was not with the number of upvotes, but with subsequent criticism of my answer. $\endgroup$ – Rob Arthan Jan 11 '15 at 0:35
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    $\begingroup$ @RobArthan Someone (possibly known to you) may be be purposely voting against your posts (such as this one). Flagging should solve the problem. $\endgroup$ – ghosts_in_the_code Jan 11 '15 at 12:49
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    $\begingroup$ That such user operates under a misguided stance that votes should be approximately balanced between upvotes and downvotes and selectively chooses to ignore the fact that the entire StackExchange platform is designed to encourage upvotes as a feedback mechanism to promote participation. There is no way to convince the user otherwise, unfortunately. $\endgroup$ – Emily Jan 12 '15 at 5:18

Flagging comments that are genuinely offensive and/or not constructive as such is probably the best response. At a guess, I think that already happened here and those comments were flagged enough to cause them to disappear (deleted).


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