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Scenario 1

  • I see a high-quality answer by userB
  • I visit userB's profile and view their other answers
  • I vote accordingly
  • UserB gets a lot of upvotes in a short period of time
  • The end

Scenario 2

  • I see a low-quality answer by UserY
  • I visit UserY's profile and view their other answers
  • I vote accordingly
  • UserY gets a lot of downvotes in a short period of time
  • SE bot detects targeting and undoes my votes
  • I create a question for it and get accused of being 'on a slippery slope' by other meta users

In reading the responses to my last question, it seems to be the general consensus that just the fact that I decided to view all of UserY's answers means that I am 'targeting' that user.

Am I using SE incorrectly?

I do not understand what the point of downvoting is if I'm being discouraged from downvoting low-quality answers.

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    Being one of the responders to the previous question, I'm voting this up. By the way, the scripts would also be triggered in the first scenario. Lots of upvotes by a single user, for a single user - they get reversed too. Just like lots of downvotes.
    – S.L. Barth
    Mar 3 '16 at 7:40
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    @S.L.Barth Good to know. I guess I haven't crossed that threshold yet. Mar 3 '16 at 9:24
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"it seems to be the general consensus that just the fact that I decided to view all of UserY's answers means that I am 'targeting' that user"

By your own admission, you are. The question seems to be if that's a bad thing.

Look, the automated systems got triggered, and the trigger was not wrong. I am not sure where the threshold is, but at some point, you crossed it, regardless of your justification. I, as a mod, can't change that for you.

My advice is similar to what others have said: If you naturally come across things you want to downvote, go ahead. But to purposely seek out one users answers and downvote in a large block, you are going to trigger the automated systems. It does not mean that your votes are unwarranted, it's simply that an automated system got triggered.

I would not read too much into the event.

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