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What to do with unexplained downvotes?

I have a legit question on serverfault.com. There were several good answers and no complaints. Then, I notice I have a score of -1 on the question. No explanation. How can I report this?

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    Seems like a reasonable question to me, so I've +1ed it. You're now up a net of 10 points (since the normal -2 didn't affect you because you only had 1 rep). Exciting times.
    – Dominic Rodger
    Commented Jan 8, 2010 at 8:55
  • Thank you. I gave you a point too :)
    – User1
    Commented Jan 29, 2010 at 15:27

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You can't. Votes are individual expression, and people are free to vote however they wish. That being said, you can ask as a comment on your question (which I see you did).

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    Perhaps, when all this was conceived, it was thought that the 2 rep point penalty to the downvoter would be a slight disincentive. But as rep scores get higher and higher, it's probably no disincentive at all.
    – pavium
    Commented Jan 8, 2010 at 5:12
  • +1 I agree. Downvoting a question isn't something that merits reporting, and people don't have to justify their votes either way if they don't want to.
    – Pwninstein
    Commented Jan 8, 2010 at 6:31
  • @pavium - I think you mean 1 rep point penalty to the downvoter.
    – Dominic Rodger
    Commented Jan 8, 2010 at 8:57
  • @Dominic, thanks, I was confusing the downvoter and downvoted.
    – pavium
    Commented Jan 8, 2010 at 10:02
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    The problem with NOT having anonymous voting is that it would result in retaliatory voting patterns, which would make the site completely worthless. Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 2:56
  • Well I believe I am being harassed/stalked...and downvoted. I can think of less pleasant ways of dealing with this ... I am going to give the people who handle posts that are flagged another chance to stop the harassment.... Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 1:29

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