I'm curious and intrigued, not outraged. Has the situation on Is there an idiom available, that is exactly opposite to "Cake walk" or "Child's play"? happened before?
The accepted answer has a net of 47 downvotes (12 upvotes and 59 downvotes). When I first noticed it, it had been accepted and had a net 13 (or maybe 11) downvotes.
Many commenters disagreed; the user continues to defend his answer against all comers. I don't want to debate the virtues or lack thereof of the answer, nor ask what can be done, which is probably nothing. (The OP has left the planet.)
No, all I am asking is:
Is this a first?
I find it curious that the delta in the answerer's rep because of this question remains slightly positive (even without the +15 for acceptance) as the total number of votes increases, and wonder if anyone has any insight as to the psychology of the voters.
Addendum: I am starting to think of bear-baiting. It is time to discreetly offer the answerer an out.