This is a question that can be asked in any Meta but I decided to ask here as it happened here. I won't name anyone but you can see I have only one answer so you will know whom I am talking about. I answer a question and get two upvotes. Another guy answers the same question and cites my answer and got two upvotes-one from me. Now this third guy comes up and he just gives an example, not giving a good answer or anything so I don't upvote him. He instantly downvotes our answers so it is now 1-1-0 (0 is his answer). I don't whether someone upvotes him or whether he uses an alternate account to obtain an upvote...but now he attains 1-1-1. So from 2-2-0 to 1-1-1. He now has better chances to get his answer chosen and upvoted. Is this fair? Should this be reported?

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Just let it go. Upvotes and downvotes happen, and the only thing you can do about it is post quality content to encourage people to upvote.

You shouldn't flag it. People are free to vote how they want, and besides, you don't know who actually cast any of those votes. As a mod, I don't even have access to that information.

  • WHAT!!! A moderator should have access to do that...does that mean that no one has access to that? Jul 10, 2016 at 10:43
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    StackExchange employees have that information. The fact is that the only hard rules we have about voting are the ones against serial voting and fraudulent voting, and those are mainly handled by a script that runs on the servers.
    – murgatroid99 Mod
    Jul 10, 2016 at 16:24

This has been discussed at length over on the main meta site:

Should you be allowed to downvote the competition?
Answerers Should not be able to vote/comment on other Answers to the same question
The answer to tactical downvoting problem?

The consensus has always been not to try to block it.

Note that people are encouraged to upvote rival answers on questions that they have answered. Do it 100 times and earn the Sportsmanship badge.

  • Wow...I was unaware. Thanks a lot. I am unable to delete my answer...help me delete it please. Jul 13, 2016 at 8:40
  • You can delete your own answer. There is a delete link just below your post - next to the edit link.
    – Chenmunka
    Aug 22, 2016 at 13:25

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