In just one minute I received 7 downvotes in 7 different questions. It is quite obvious to me that I am a victim of pursuit of a user.

-2 21 mins ago downvote What is the difference between a measurement and any other interaction in quantum mechanics?

-2 22 mins ago downvote Is Angular Momentum truly fundamental?

-2 23 mins ago downvote What is information?

-2 23 mins ago downvote Do all massive bodies emit Hawking radiation?

-2 23 mins ago downvote Popular depictions of electromagnetic wave: is there an error?

-2 24 mins ago downvote What do you think about teaching Standard Model in school?

-2 24 mins ago downvote What is the wavefunction of the observer himself?

Is this type of behavior allowed in Stackexchange?

  • $\begingroup$ I checked the history of all my vocal opponents and it seems that none of them made all these downvotes. This may suggest that the downvotings were made from a specially-created account. $\endgroup$
    – Anixx
    Mar 28, 2011 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ Don't discount the possibility that, by posting, you've drawn the attentions of a lot of people, and that a few of them when to look at your work and cast one or two votes. $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2011 at 2:02
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    $\begingroup$ a specially-created account does not have the privilege to downvote, you need 125 rep to do so $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2011 at 8:15
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    $\begingroup$ People operate in groups or in "packs". If the leader of the flock takes a dislike to something then it is inevitable that the minions will follow. But don't worry. There are many good people also. Take a down-vote not as a rebuke of your intellect but as a sighting of a member of a pack. @dmckee it is the timing of the votes that makes the list seem suspicious. $\endgroup$
    – Deepak Vaid
    Mar 29, 2011 at 8:38
  • $\begingroup$ Seems it has been reversed automatically. $\endgroup$
    – Anixx
    Mar 29, 2011 at 13:04

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Is this type of behavior allowed in Stackexchange?

No, it isn't. There are automatic algorithms in place to detect serial downvoting and reverse the votes cast. See this Stack Exchange blog post for more info.

  • $\begingroup$ So may I hope that these will be reversed? $\endgroup$
    – Anixx
    Mar 28, 2011 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, if they do constitute a pattern of serial downvoting against you, they should be reversed within 24 hours. If after that time you still see the downvotes, it probably means that it was just a coincidence in which several users downvoted you within a short timespan. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Mar 28, 2011 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ @anixx if they are not reversed in 24-36 hours feel free to email us at the address at the bottom of every web page. $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2011 at 0:24

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