Two hours ago, several of my answers and questions were downvoted:

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So my question is:

  • was there some kind of reputation recalculation?
  • does someone really not like my answering/asking style?
  • is this a coincidence (although it barely appeared in a year, the chances are certainly non-zero and finite)?

Update: So "Serial downvoting reversed". Hmm, "nice" certainly, but I'd still like to know what was going on?

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Voting is intended to be anonymous, and so there is a limited amount that we can say about specific votes. That said, there is some information we can pick up about patterns.

The automated script which reverses 'serial' votes does know who votes for who. So the fact that it's acted here suggests that there was some pattern here. There is also a certain amount of voting pattern information available to moderators, and there is something there which suggests a pattern rather than a random event. As it's been handled by the script, I don't think there is anything to actually do here at the moment.

  • I totally get this, of cause voting must be anonymous. My problem probably is that I don't get the concept of trolling, or, for the other case, like to confront people directly if I have a problem with them. Either way, nice to know that the automated scripts work that well, and thanks for your answer. Aug 29, 2012 at 1:00
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    @TomBombadil It doesn't work that well actually. It ripped egreg's 4k points (WTF?) it didn't even scratch him anyway but still sometimes it gives false positives meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2348/…
    – percusse
    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:19
  • @percusse That was to do with upvoting, where I think it's harder to get things 'right'. Multiple downvotes are probably easy to handle (it's just a question of a numerical threshold for 24 h).
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:23
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    After seeing how egreg's case is handled, I doubt any algorithm :)
    – percusse
    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:28
  • -4K points? Wow, that would be like halving my score X-P Aug 29, 2012 at 9:53
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    @TomBombadil Actually I lost only less than 200, in that occasion, because I had plenty of upvotes over the cap in the days where the votes were reversed. I still think that the algorithm is flawed and have received no answer better than "thus it is, period".
    – egreg
    Sep 4, 2012 at 15:08

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