I think perceptions of both how much it hurts and
how prevalant such behavior is are quite dependant upon
the person looking at it. -40 hurts a lot at level 2,
and a lot less at level 6. It's hard to say how common
this really is; if it hasn't happened to you, you may
think it doesn't happen much, whereas if it has happened
to you, you may feel that it is common. I come from the
perspective of someone that this hasn't happened to, so
my opinions may be tainted by that.
in reply to RE (2): Limit on voting down a person (Run in circles, scream and shout)
in thread Limit on voting down a person
I am probably most in favor of the second suggestion,
because I feel that technical solutions will fail.
Having it take twice as long to vote down someone doesn't
mean it won't happen (it just means, to the cynical,
that you can have two vendettas at a time). I can
also think of valid reasons for voting many posts by the
same person down in a row. It's a way of dealing with
a troll, for example, as nodes with too low reputation
may be removed.
Likewise, I do not think the third idea will work; it's
easy to circumvent.
It would be simple to -- one or two nodes by someone
Solution four would make the problem worse, perhaps
even triggering new vendettas when a post is
voted down without malicious intent.
Not everyone is as gracious as
lindex when it comes to accepting
other people's votes. I am pretty certain that you
already considered this since it is near the bottom
of the list.
In the end, it always depends on the users. It's possible
to limit the potential for abuse, but it cannot be
completely eliminated in a technical way (without
implementing meaningless restrictions, such as removing
the option of a -- vote). That is why I think a
discussion is better than any of the technical solutions.
I reserve the right to support another solution if one
is suggested that I think is better :)