in reply to What's with all of the unnecessary downvoting?
Getting regularly downvoted on good posts means, in a sense, that you have "arrived." There are several well-respected monks who routinely get downvoted regardless of the quality of the material. Though I don't know if I fall in the "well-respected" category, I have noticed that after a recent, perhaps controversial, post someone went through and started downvoting several of my nodes. One node that was downvoted was posted several months ago. Sheesh. This has slowed down somewhat, but I think that I am still getting more downvotes than normal.
This has been discussed repeatedly and unfortunately, some people will insist upon voting the Monk and not the node. Be patient and it will either pass or not. Most of the time, these downvoters will not tell you what they are doing (for fear of retaliation) or they might even make an anonymous post that rips into you. I know that merlyn has been the victim of several of those.
Just let it lie and it will pass. If it doesn't, rest assured that you are in good company :)
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