(Shrug ...) Obviously, you mistake me for someone who is a great deal more “engaged in” the vagaries of the politics of ... a particular web-site ... than I actually am, or have ever been since 2007.
No, I mean that quite seriously. (Sorry to disappoint those few of you who actually care about such things.) I made a statement, and I Rhett Butler what you “think about” it, or don’t. If this site were my property, then I would not have downvotes at all ... but it isn’t, so there. The owners, and the gods, are the ones who decide, and their decision has zero relevance to me as a humble participant. This is a community. If the community likes, not only down-votes, but the scrupulous tallying of them ... then, well, “So What?™” Why should the community/gods care about what I think, anyway?
“Conspiracy theories?” Heh. See paragraph #1 ... :-)
Every web forum has its factor of inter-personal politics, which manifests in various ways among its “long-time participants.” How “engaged” you wish to be, with regard to such things, is an individual decision. My decision is, and always has been and will be, “~.”
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