Is there a point where someone can conclude that they are being serially down-voted without being an outright paranoid?
Around 11am: ~~~~~~~~~~~~ -2; 21 mins ago; downvote; When did Eru interfere in Arda directly? ; -2; 23 mins ago; downvote; How many Men were there on Arda at the time of War of the Ring? -2; 28 mins ago; downvote; Was there an “original sin” idea in the published version of Silmarillion? Around 2pm: -2; 20 mins ago; downvote; What happened to Saruman after he was knifed by Grima? -2; 21 mins ago; downvote; What is the origin of the idea of God needing a “voice” in “Dogma”?
These are 5 out of 6 questions I posted in the last 24 hours. One can be counted as statistical noise (it has 3 other DVs), but the fact that this ALSO coincided with the day when I stood up for myself against what I see an unjustified VTC makes it suspicious.
This isn't the first time I get a bouts of 2-4 question downvotes with no comments in the span of 5-15 minutes. But I think 5 in a row is more of grounds to be suspicious of people than of statistics.
Here's another couple of samples from my old emails when I noticed it happening:
May 6, 2012 -2; 4 hours ago; downvote; Were any of the Avengers involved the last ... -2; 4 hours ago; downvote; Is there any canon proof that Elder Wand actually works as reputed in a duel? -2; 4 hours ago; downvote; Where did the “Memories transferred through DNA” idea used in Assassin's Creed come from? May 12 -2 2 hours ago downvote What exactly was Radagast's role among Maiar? -2 2 hours ago downvote What does “Seven” and “nine” mean in “Seven of Nine”? July 12 -2 1 hour ago; downvote; Is there any evidence regarding Aragorn having a beard in Tolkien? -2 1 hour ago; downvote; What material is the snitch in Harry Potter made out of? -2 1 hour ago; downvote; Did any Quidditch games ever end by agreement of the Captains?
Just to be clear, I'm merely asking for an opinion (or rather, facts to confirm that this is a "normal" pattern). I don't have any particular desire to ask SE to investigate it. Just want to know if other people experience this frequently (e.g. 3+ downvotes in an hour, or 4+ a day) on disparate questions - and never on answers - with any regularity (couple of times a month).
I also had a more fun pattern where someone was DVing 1-2 questions a day, every day, for many days. Always within one of two 1-hour periods during the day.
Anyone still think I'm a paranoid who only cares about rep?
Today's votes as of 1:30am EST (no intervening upvotes): -2; 40 mins ago; downvote; Why were the Elves so great at archery? -2; 37 mins ago; downvote; Were there any other Immortals aside from Connor and Duncan MacLeods who were relatives? -2; 37 mins ago; downvote; Was T-X in some way responsible for Skynet's offensive actions on Judgement Day in T3? -2; 38 mins ago; downvote; What was the first SciFi book or story co-written by 2 authors before 1957? -2; 56 mins ago; downvote; How many R2 droid units were there according to canon? Sep 10 2012. NONE of the questions are recent or have recent activity prior DV -2; 20 mins ago; downvote; Why don't muggle-born wizards use Muggle technology to fight Death Eaters? -2; 9 hours ago; downvote; What was the longest natural biological lifespan in Star Wars? -2; 9 hours ago; downvote; Were there any “Starship Troopers” comics closer to the spirit of the book than the movie?