# Do moderators know who downvotes?

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• To the downvoters. I deleted almost all my answers to my questions to cater for you. However, some of them were recovered by some moderators. – Makoto Kato Jul 21 '12 at 12:18
• @MakotoKato Your answers are fine, and deleting them was inappropriate. The issue isn't your answers themselves, but how you go about composing them. – Alex Becker Jul 21 '12 at 21:28
• You didn't delete the answers, you edited them into vandalized oblivion. You don't need to be a moderator to rollback such edits, you just need enough rep. – Arturo Magidin Jul 21 '12 at 22:12
• @AsafKaragila You have been objecting me to answer my questions. Now, are you going to obeject me to cater for you? – Makoto Kato Jul 21 '12 at 23:01
• @ArturoMagidin One can't delete more than 5 answers in one day. So I deleted the contents. – Makoto Kato Jul 21 '12 at 23:03
• Had I thought that trying to explain to you once again that I have no problem with you answering your own questions would be fruitful, I would do that. Alas, I don't think that would help. I simply point out that you asked several questions regarding downvotes. Why haven't you asked about upvotes as well? – Asaf Karagila Jul 21 '12 at 23:04
• @ArturoMagidin In case you wonder why I stop deleting my answers, it's because I was warned by a moderater that it was highly frowned upon. – Makoto Kato Jul 21 '12 at 23:29
• @AsafKaragila You seem to misunderstand. I'm asking a general question. This is not a personal question. If people downvote freely just because they don't like an OP, the reputation system doesn't work well. I notice that people tend to upvote just because an OP is a famous mathematician. This is problematic but not so serious as the former. – Makoto Kato Jul 22 '12 at 12:02
• No disrespect to the users of M.SE, but I don't know if there are many people here who qualify as a famous mathematician. – Chris Taylor Jul 22 '12 at 13:25
• "the reputation system doesn't work well" - from here, "Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you; it is earned by convincing your peers that you know what you're talking about." It's a measure of trust, not a measure of correctness. If you get downvoted sufficiently enough, you get low rep, and that correlates with people not having sufficient trust in whatever you're producing... – J. M. is a poor mathematician Jul 22 '12 at 13:27
• @Chris Taylor It's just an example. It also applies to a member with high reputations. In short, somewhat authoritative members. – Makoto Kato Jul 22 '12 at 16:02
• @J.M. Each reputation should be voted only for the quality of a post. The OP's past behavior, good or bad, is irrelevant. – Makoto Kato Jul 22 '12 at 16:10
• Makoto, maybe so, but here we are. Again, if you really truly believe that your math is sound, then you shouldn't have to worry about downvotes; as @Chris already said, any voting anomalies are easily caught. – J. M. is a poor mathematician Jul 22 '12 at 16:44
• I'm not so nervous about downvotes(nor upvotes). I was just curious. – Makoto Kato Jul 22 '12 at 23:17

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