I don't know how many they are, maybe they can be counted on one hand, but it is true they do exist and they are succeeding in soiling what has been, generally speaking, a positive experience for me. So what can I do?
I have ignored their down-votes and resisted posting new answers to see what would happen. I come back after a hiatus of two weeks and voilà, immediately within one hour I receive two down-votes. Both anonymous, of course, and I think very telling. These are the two answers which got downvoted today:
The latter had received an up-vote but a mere 3 minutes later a down-vote was cast. No explanation was given, and I fail to see where that answer is inexact, clumsy, false or poorly worded.
Reputation downvote history
- July 1 three downvotes
- July 6 one downvote
- July 12 one downvote
- July 14 (today) two downvotes
Six of those 7 downvotes are for six separate answers. I strongly suspect it is from the same person. I strongly suspect it is the same person who I flagged down almost a month ago. I strongly suspect this person has been caught out in the past continually downvoting any he or she deemed unworthy of belonging to EL&U, or unqualified to express their ideas or offer explanations.
So what do I do?
- Ignore them. Frankly, this hasn't worked.
- Leave EL&U and close my account A possibility.
- Write better answers. I do try my best! :)
- Flag any suspicious activity. Been there, done that. Look where I am now.
- Write on meta.
Addendum: "Today" refers to July 14. I also realize that this question is related to a previous post of mine on a very similar issue but please do not waste your time in trying to discover who the possible culprit is as the person in question has never been mentioned by me on meta and appeared on the scene, so to speak, at a later date.