There seems to have been another round of negative waves, as:-

bad votes

Coincidentally it seems that one or several people all voted only once for the above answers, within an hour one day. And no comments from that time. This has happened a few times before so I guess that this must be a common occurrence across the site. I know that I write a lot of crap, but notwithstanding, I was under the impression that there were bots in place specifically looking for targeted down voting.

Since entropy is a hobby of mine, I realise that this voting pattern could arise by chance. Even several times. I'm not interested in reviewing those answers, just asking - coincidence/bad answers or no such bot?

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    $\begingroup$ First wait 24h to see if the system automatically reverts the votes. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10, 2018 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ @CodesInChaos Thanks. Is that a yes - there is such a bot? $\endgroup$
    – Paul Uszak
    Commented Jun 10, 2018 at 12:38
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, there is such a bot. It works for upvotes too - if you go through a users Q/As and do a voting spree (upvotes or downvotes), they will be rolled back. $\endgroup$
    – Ella Rose
    Commented Jun 11, 2018 at 2:19
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    $\begingroup$ Are the only answers being downvoted ones that already have a lot of downvotes, or are well-accepted ones also being randomly downvoted? If even well-received questions are being downvoted, then that's a sign of fraud (or something sketchy for that matter). If only poorly-received answers are being downvoted, then maybe someone's just looking through a bunch of answers and voting as they see fit (which is a legitimate act). $\endgroup$
    – forest
    Commented Jun 12, 2018 at 7:06
  • $\begingroup$ Don't forget to mark an answer as accepted if it was an answer to your question, and/or to specify how it does not answer your question if it does not. $\endgroup$
    – Ella Rose
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 22:50

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