If I see that three old answers of mine on the Linguistics sitehave all been downvoted today, is it reasonable to suspect somebody is stalking me?

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    When someone is really stalking you, stackexchange has efficient scripts to detect and reverse such behaviour. They are typically run once a day. But with only three downvotes, the stalker may fly below the radar. Oct 4, 2018 at 12:55
  • @jknappen Yes, if Colin Fine only has 3 answers and somebody downvoted all of them, the StackExchange community thinks that the votes are suspicious and they will revert all of them. Jan 15, 2019 at 22:21

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It is indeed possible that someone was checking out your profile in particular rather than just, by coincidence, several questions you have been answering, but with a mere 3 downvotes, I would certainly not by worried about stalking. Someone was interested in who that Colin Fine guy is, scrolled a bit through your posts, disagreed with three of them, that's it. I'm almost sure I've done a similar thing once or twice before and I certainly didn't mean to stalk these users, just casually checking out on what they write and cast my votes as I would normally do.


That is possible: another alternative is that someone was reviewing a set of topics that you wrote on and disagreed with your answers. It depends how implausible it is that someone would encounter those answers.

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    True. I don't think they were on particularly related topics. Certainly the questions didn't have a single tag in common.
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 3, 2018 at 20:40

Yes it is possible that somebody might be stalking. Another alternative is that somebody was looking at a set of tags, and they disagreed all your answers when they looked on the 3 questions that have your answers in it on each tag.

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