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There are some people (or a single person) here who have been constantly downvoting my answers since yesterday (I don't care who they are, for the record).

The problem is that they don't give any reason for downvoting.

If someone downvotes an answer or a question they should give at least one reason.

Am I wrong?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Stack Exchange policy is that voting is anonymous. Giving reasons for downvotes invites arguments in the comments. \$\endgroup\$
    – brhans
    Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 17:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @brhans I don't think so. If there's a downvote, and if it's because there's something technically wrong then it should be indicated, so that the answer can be reviewed/revised or even deleted, not to provide wrong info for the OP and other people. Without arguments how could one find the correct answer? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 18:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ meta.stackexchange.com/questions/95603/… \$\endgroup\$
    – brhans
    Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 18:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/357436/… \$\endgroup\$
    – brhans
    Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 18:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/285081/… \$\endgroup\$
    – brhans
    Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 18:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ @brhans okay, I got the point. Everything has its own rights and wrongs, and logical explanations. I'm not questioning it. And I'm not a person who can make a judgement about this, of course. I just want this not to turn into something like downvoting based on feelings rather than facts. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 18:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RohatKılıç I understand your frustration. I've had the same thing where someone went on a spree of downvoting my answers, even going back to years old ones to downvote. And I've also had the other situation you describe where an answer I got wrong was downvoted a few times before someone finally pointed out my error so I could fix it. So I can see that if there is something technically wrong with an answer, give the reason. But I have seen many arguments from defensive answerers too, which puts people off leaving a comment so I completely understand the other side too. It's a tricky one! \$\endgroup\$
    – MCG
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RohatKılıç yes it's bloody annoying when people do that. Personally I favour a situation where downvotes are not allowed. \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Commented Nov 25, 2022 at 9:29

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This is a community-moderated platform. As such, people will do all sorts of things without explanation. It's the nature of the beast.

As for the specific instances you mention, I can't help but notice they're on questions with close votes. If a question is really very far below community standards, I've downvoted answerers just for answering. I don't believe it's good for the community to entertain and encourage noise. I don't see that issue with these particularly questions, but it is a possibility that somebody thought differently.

Lastly, the system has tools to detect and correct systematic voter fraud: What is serial voting and how does it affect me?

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    \$\begingroup\$ they're on questions with close votes. funny that the close votes (and the close actions) came after my answers. So should I track down my answers to check if the question has close votes? And also should I check if the question deserves the close votes? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 18:56
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A better thing to do is flag the question for moderator attention if you think there is a pattern of downvoting. Out of the last 5 questions that you posted only 2 have downvotes and one of those answers was deleted so it may not have been a good answer. One did give the reason on the deleted answer. On the other answer no reason was given and it isn't a requirement of SE to give a reason of the downvote.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ do you mean "answers" and not "questions"?? Your answer would still hold. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 17:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Out of my last 5 answers, 3 of them have downvotes and yes, I deleted one (The others are this and this). Because after the downvote and its explanation I realised that I missed a detail in the question. So I deleted my answer as it wasn't valid anymore. And that's an example of why I think a "reason" is useful. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 18:21

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