I have noticed that recently the downvoting spree on MSE has increased by a lot.
It often occurs (also here and here) to me that, driven by my will to help people, I provide a solid proof/hint and suddenly
- It gets downvoted because it is "too advanced";
- It gets downvoted because the OP did not put much effort on his/her side, and someone thinks it is the case for blindly downvoting answers, too;
- It gets downvoted because the OP does not understand it and he/she is too lazy to ask for clarifications;
- It gets downvoted just as a small revenge.
Downvotes do not really affect my reputation, but I feel bad any time this happens.
I wonder if it is the case to make (anonymous) explanations about downvotes compulsory (yes, I know, that has been discussed before. I am quite pro-it) or... who knows. I bothered the mods many times with flags like "random downvote": they have been accepted many times, declined many times. Downvotes happen has been a recent comment, and If downvotes happen, Jack D'Aurizio keep bothering you about that happens, too has been my reply. I feel a great discomfort about the current situation; I would like to discuss if there is something we may do, or it is better to me to leave this place and live happily somewhere else (in the dream land where manors do not exist, for instance. I really hate them.)