Someone has just downvoted my question and answer for this question:

Dynamic number of columns in a pageBlockTable

I can only assume this is some sort of retributive voting, as this is the highest voted question and answer I have posted on this site.

What should I do in a situation like this?

  • I noticed that one of my answers, with 10+ score, just got downvoted, too. Maybe we have a rogue contrarian ;- )
    – Mike Chale
    Jun 13, 2013 at 10:25
  • how curious :) Behavior like that really baffles me. I took a leaf out of eyescream's book and upvoted your answer Jun 13, 2013 at 10:42
  • I noticed exactly the same yesterday too. ( salesforce.stackexchange.com/questions/652/… ) Maybe someone is going through old answers downvoting things for "fun". Jun 14, 2013 at 7:42
  • Can moderators review downvotes or can we have a feature where answers with upvotes of 5 or above cannot be downvoted without giving an explanation for the same?
    – Richard N
    Aug 15, 2013 at 16:45
  • I would post this as a question in meta and the Stack Exchange mods will respond Aug 15, 2013 at 19:11

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Don't think you can do much.

I doubt it's Stephen's "retribution" as

  1. Looks like you've sorted out the pros & cons of approach in the comments to his answer
  2. His profile says he has 0 downvotes.

Might be somebody else you've been commenting / voting with recently...

I'd say ignore it? If they didn't bother to leave a comment or not-really-an-answer "doesn't work for me!", what else can you do about it? it's only -4 in reputation after all.

It's a good question and very kind of you to come back and answer it yourself with something that's useful for more people. I've just voted myself ;)

  • Most appreciated, I now have a net positive out of it :) I didn't for a second think it was Stephen either Jun 13, 2013 at 10:37
  • Pretty much impossible to say what it was or why — there are some systems that monitor serial downvotes I think, but otherwise there's no way to find out who voted.
    – Matt Lacey Mod
    Jun 14, 2013 at 0:03

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