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2:13 AM
@Halfthawed Thanks for pointing it out. I'll take a closer look, but my gut reaction is that there's not much we can do about it. I agree with what you're saying; the issue's just a technical one - we don't have the tools to look at it on a vote-by-vote level.
But like I said, I'll do some more digging and see if I can find anything else.
Looking at users' public reputation histories, yeah, each of those answers received a downvote within ~60 seconds of each other, so yeah, it was definitely all done by one person. Not much we can do, though.
 
2:41 AM
@HDE226868 It might be possible to find if you looked for someone who received 8 minus ones within that time frame, if you can check the public reputation histories. Obviously, checking manually would take too much time but it should be possible to write a web scraper program to do it ... is what I would say if I knew how to write web scraper programs, but sadly I do not.
It'd be rather unfortunate if there were no consequences for this, though that makes me wonder if there's even a policy against downvoting answers because you don't like the question and think that no one should have answered it.
 
2:58 AM
@Halfthawed Nah, rep lost from downvotes doesn't show up to anyone besides that user.
I'm not sure if there's any explicit policy against it, though I'm not really a huge fan of doing such downvoting.
 
Seems like an interesting question to pose to the meta on whether or not its appropriate to mass downvote answers if you hate the question.
 
Might be worth a shot, if you want to.
 
3:44 AM
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Q: Is it reasonable to downvote answers because you dislike a question?

HalfthawedThere are a lot of interesting question here on Worldbuilding and some of them kind of skirt the line of what some people could consider 'socially acceptable'. That's because, from our perspective, this is a Question & Answer site dedicated to Worldbuidling and occasionally there will be worlds a...

 
 
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4:45 PM
And the answers got hit with another wave of downvotes - well, at least some of them did. Whatever. It's not like I haven't gotten hit with way more downvotes on this site for even less controversial opinions.
This is actually entertaining. I should make myself some popcorn.
 
 
6 hours later…
11:04 PM
hey there @Halfthawed
 
11:43 PM
Confession: I didn't make popcorn.
I did make tea, though.
 

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