That is not downvotes.
A user that upvoted one of your answers was deleted from the system - with them, the reputation given by them has also gone.
This happens to other people too - you are not alone.
SE fully allows anonymity in users' public profiles, so that side of things is not an issue here, however there are things you can do:
if their posts are poor quality, flag them. Mods will sort them out
if their profile is actually offensive in some way you can also let the mods know
In some cases, I would say yes, a misunderstanding should be corrected by an answer. In the case of fundamental misunderstandings, or false assumptions that form the basis of a question, we certainly have users who feel that this is automatic grounds for closure, and although I don't know that I 100% agree with that in many cases, it's probably generally ...
The suggested edit gave a 404 because the post itself was deleted.
In following the link to the answer (10k or mod visibility only) it is obvious it was offensive and not a real question and was destroyed by the community.
No mods needed to get involved, but now I have seen the post, I may take further action on the OP's account.
The block has been fixed - you won't (as a non-customer) be able to use the support portal, but someone did contact us through the website contact form, and that's how we were able to spot and fix the issue.
@Adnan, if you could private message me if you can remember who you talked to, I will see to it that they get re-trained! Can only apologise that you ...
I think this depends on the time between them - I have tried to check but I think the notifier runs reasonably frequently but not continuously, so assuming you changed it back before the next check there should be no notification.
If you are wanting to reward two answers, you have earned the Set Bounty privilege, which will allow you to give some of your ...
No - you do not lose badges you have earned.
Definitive answer by Aarobot over on Meta.SE
No, badges are never taken away. That's part of the site's design.
However, if you no longer meet the criteria for a badge (say your "great question" got busted back down to 99 votes), then you won't earn another one of those badges until you "catch up.&...
"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 ...
You loose rep for down-voting answers. It is used as a deterrent; it discourages unnecessary down-votes, or down-votes that are in your own self-interest rather than the interest of the community.
Down-voting questions, on the other hand, looses you no rep at all.
You can see this answer here about it, and the policy on voting down here
If a product/service is the only way to answer the question, then the question is not a good fit here.
Your question was
"Where can I get such a certificate?"
And your answer was a list of CAs.
Is your list exhaustive? What if the list changes? What if more CA's offer that kind of cert? It's these questions that make the post off-topic because the ...
Looking at the post you left on U&L, you are "using a rather restrictive firewall on my machine." Also, your first sentence here shows that something is wrong with your setup - you are opening and closing multiple times and it sometimes works.
On that other post, @Shog9 has explained what he thinks is the underlying problem with your setup. The ...
From your screenshot, it is clear that you (or someone with control over your network) is blocking the reCAPTCHA images, and possibly scripts as well. For your benefit, here's a quick list of things that load as part of my (working) CAPTCHA that may not be loading for your (broken) one:
the exact functionality you want to provide notification of highly upvoted questions doesn't exist here, but then even if it did it wouldn't provide you with what you want. There will only be a few of these questions which will be news of new infosec information.
That said, you can always look at the recent questions page sorted by votes and that will show ...
No, you can either comment or talk to him in a chatroom.
If you don't see him in any of the existing rooms, you can invite him for a "private" chat (note these chats are not really private, at all really).
If there is significant info exposure, the user can delete it and ask SE community team to redact it permanently...
This type of question could be on-topic, but I have yet to see one that actually is. The problem is that without the binaries, we would never have enough data to say much. With the binaries, you can use a malware analysis tool (or VirusTotal) to tell you.
As you say that you do not have the binaries, and this is a post-incident wrap-up, I suspect that there ...
As I have researched and answered the mentioned question, I believe this is a legit question that affected some AT&T customers, probably at the same time.
This is not the first time this kind of question posted on Stack Exchange. In fact, I've answered another SMS problem with AT&T on Android.SE.
Regarding the sudden influx of NAA answers, it's ...
It isn't showing that you flagged as a duplicate. It's showing that you flagged for recommended closure, and this disables both flagging as “should be closed” and flagging as a duplicate. “Duplicate” and “should be closed” are both recommended closure flags.
A reviewer either improves an edit, or rejects and replaces it with a different edit
When one is reviewing suggested edits, there are five available buttons, two of which allow the reviewer to edit the post themselves:
If the reviewer chooses "Improve Edit" and submits their improved form of it, the suggested edit is approved by ...
One of the canned reasons for downvotes is "does not show any research effort". That applies here, along with your confusion of OpenVPN and the protocol it uses.
When I googled "Openvpn ipsec", the 2 keywords your question body used (and the 2 things you wanted to compare), I got https://openvpn.net/faq/why-ssl-vpn/ as the top hit. It both answers and ...
To some extent, exploit development is covered here. However, sometimes the question steps too much into the coding techniques used that it becomes a better fit for Stackoverflow.
To be honest, I agree with you. I don't think it's unreasonable to have an SE Q&A site for exploit development. To start such site, you can go ahead and create a proposal on ...
Yes, it appears so. At least basic tools find no EXIF data, I haven't dug in with specialized forensic tools. The image is also recompressed.
$ exif IMG_20131019_163230.jpg # the original image (taken by my phone camera)
EXIF tags in 'IMG_20131019_163230.jpg' ('Intel' byte order):
Easy to test, I just uploaded a small picture taken with my phone, and ran exiv2 on it:
File name : sample.jpg
File size : 23428 Bytes
MIME type : image/jpeg
Image size : 204 x 153
Camera make : SAMSUNG
Camera model : GT-I9300
Then I uploaded it here:
The md5sum differs, and the file does not seem contain any Exif data:
Given your screenshot, you're attempting to post a question with the tags tea and feistel, which do not exist. Creating tags requires 300 reputation points.
The boxes on the right are shown to everyone. They're guidance, not error messages. Pay attention to the actual error message when you attempt to submit the question:
Creating the new tags 'tea ...
The author asked for it to be migrated.
After I tried to sort through all the comments and answers to determine the best fit, it still wasn't 100% clear to me to migrate or not. The deciding elements for me was the author's request, and the referenced article was from a cryptography author.
It's possible the Crypto mods and our mods might need to sort ...
In my eyes, you took over the question. In your own words, you "removed an incorrect statement", which is beyond the scope of an editor. You also doubled the word count of the question (from 78 words to 143 words).
In your other linked edit that was rejected, you also made sweeping changes.
When someone writes, they have a tone, a voice, and hidden ...