|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
I'm very sorry that the voting on your node was "the straw that broke the camel's back". I do hope you return after a break. I share much of the feelings already expressed in this thread and certainly will miss you.
But you've gotten lots of sympathy (which you deserve) so now I'm here to slap you in the face and try to get you to come to your senses!
Oh, how merlynesque of you! A node of yours gets downvoted and the only possible explanation is that some bot is responsible! It couldn't possibly be that the node in question sucked?? Coming from you this is so very ironic! Your assertion is full of conceit and pig-headedness.
Even a vote bot can only vote on a node once. So you'd need N vote bots to downvote a node N times. A much more reasonable explanation of the downvoting is that there was something about the node that triggered something in the quirky communal mindset and resulted in real downvotes. And if you don't like that, then I suggest you reread some of your own nodes on that subject.
No, I doubt anyone thought your question was homework from a class. But we certainly didn't see you showing any of your own work for us to help with. "Not reinventing the wheel"?? Your specifications were rather specific and unusual. Why would anyone have lying about something that met those specifications? The problem was even relatively straightforward but you didn't show that you had even thought about how you might approach it.
It was a weekend so the voting activity was rather light. And yet the node rep never went negative. Then Monday morning hits and the node starts getting upvoted. Yet you blame the upvotes on the fact that you said you are leaving. Get over yourself!
Anyway, I hope you feel better. Take care and come back to at least visit once in a while. (:- tye (but my friends call me "Tye")