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This thread is just an example. I have seen it a few times before. OP is downvoted without posting a follow up.

Others come along and try to correct the downvote only to be followed by the next people voting down again.

 

So what's the reason for this? Is this some personal vendetta going on?

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I've seen it before as well, and in the majority of cases I honestly have no idea what it's about -- it doesn't seem to be the same users (either voters or votees) each time, so I think personal vendetta can be ruled out.

 

Thankfully it almost always seems to be balanced out by other community members up-voting to counter the down-votes.

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ya I think it's normal to see some wild things with votes sometimes.. it's hard to explain, but I think the system works on big numbers, so there is no point in considering 2 negative points.. in the grand scheme, they'll soon be meaningless.

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Actually the OP is porting his C# code to C++.

 

I just find it odd to downvote without any explanation but maybe that's just me. I'd rather write a post than down vote.

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Actually the OP is porting his C# code to C++.

 

I just find it odd to downvote without any explanation but maybe that's just me. I'd rather write a post than down vote.

ah, i misread his intentions, i kept reading it as he wants to call c# code in his c++ environment.

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I have no idea what the OP is pointing to since people seemed to have upvoted the downvotes, but I do think I have an explanation...

 

On the old system, people would constantly rate people up/down until those people got to a certain high score and they seem to stop with the downvoting and just think "eh, he's cool" going by their high score.

 

Somehow, even though we have a new system where this probably shouldn't exist, the psychology still remains. Say one good thing and people will upvote. Say one slightly undesirable thing and people will downvote. At least until you get to a certain point in score where someone thinks, "The community really likes them, so when I disagree with them, maybe "I" am the one in the wrong, so I shouldn't downvote."

 

Hope this helps?

Edited by Shane C

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