# How to deal with unfair downvotes?

This is my first post on meta, so I'm not sure if it's on-topic. Feel free to tell me if I have to delete it.

I'm feeling a bit upset, because my two top-voted posts (my top-voted question and top-voted answer) have just recieved a downvote each, with no explanation at all.

I believe it's some kind of I-just-wanna-annoy move, and not that the downovter really thinks the posts deserve it. Otherwise, why do it without revealing his/her identity or explaining the reason? Also, the fact that it was not one but two downvotes in less than a minute makes me suspicious.

The voting system is completely anonymous, right? Because, if it wasn't, maybe it would be possible to keep track of these cases and communicate with the users that to tell them they should explain the downvotes, or punish them in some sense if they were just trolling. Is this agains the community principles or something?

• I would ignore them ;) – jojek Jan 29 '18 at 17:17
• i disagree with @jojek . i think the downvoters should be identified and shot. – robert bristow-johnson Feb 6 '18 at 19:43
• but mainly those who downvote my answers and questions. – robert bristow-johnson Feb 6 '18 at 19:44
• @robertbristow-johnson That comment made my day, I laughed out loud. Btw, two more downvotes today... It's been 6 in a week. What a bummer... – Tendero Feb 6 '18 at 21:22

This is a well-known problem on the Stack Exchange network, and there are automatic mechanisms in place to try to deal with it. I'm not sure if the process will be triggered by two downvotes, but it may be.

Another thing I do is write an @downvoter comment on my post. Sometimes, if the downvoter is genuine, then they answer and have good feedback --- which improves my post if I act on it.
• The atSymboldownvoter functionality implied by @OlliNiemitalo seems like a good feature to address part of this problem across the SE network. So long as it does not trigger long circular arguments which indicate special personalities. I was not paying attention until this post but at certain times, I (can only) suspect the occurence of a downvote occuring after a brief debate or comment. – A_A Feb 2 '18 at 10:27