A few days ago I downvoted someone’s comment, and the next day I happened to notice every single comment I’ve ever made had at least one downvote. All from the person I dared to downvote the ONE time. I straight up asked why they did it, and they seem to think I’m an “obvious” troll account that “apparently just exist to downvote other people”. I assure you I’m no troll account, and ironically don’t really downvote all that often.
I know the topic of public downvotes has been discussed before, but I never used to care either way. Now I’m kinda leaning in the “I don’t like it” side. Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little offended, maybe even attacked. Also, there goes all my imaginary internet points. Lol
Has anyone else had something like this happen to them, or am I just unlucky?

  • magnetosphere
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    116 months ago

    You’re asking this in a thread where someone describes exactly how it’s an issue for them.

    • smoothbrain coldtakes
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      46 months ago

      Yeah but it’s a non-issue, because they’re describing a behavior that cannot be prohibited regardless of if you can see who did it or not. It’s not like there’s a hard archive timer on votes disallowing comments to be interacted with; people can go down the whole history of any of our accounts and downvote all of it.

      It’s literally a non-issue, this guy is freaking out because he can just see who did it, like it makes a difference. It’s the ostrich syndrome, if you bury your head in the sand (can’t verify) then it matters less.

      • billothekid2OP
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        26 months ago

        Who’s freaking out my dude? My point was this wouldn’t have happened if THEY didn’t know who I was. You and others make some good points about some how this happens regardless, and how there are upsides to seeing who downvotes you. I honestly wasn’t aware this was a common thing until now. It’s why I asked if this has happened to anyone else. Chalk it up to me being a bit naive.

        • smoothbrain coldtakes
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          6 months ago

          I just don’t get how anybody doesn’t understand how user voting works, regardless of the ability to identify who did which votes.

          Are you just now learning that on the internet people are just randomly dicks? Like it hasn’t been that way for the last 20 years?

          • billothekid2OP
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            36 months ago

            Oh, I’m aware. I’ve just never heard of “Downvote Fairies”. In any case that was never my point, as I’ve explained.