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Shortly after posting a solution, almost faster than they could possibly cut and paste the solution to verify it works, the solution is down voted. They don't provide any useful feedback or comment, just the down vote.
What are they getting out of this?
Can a CP admin find out if it is the same person doing this?
Yup, there is. I posted about not too long ago. Every solution in a few Q&A posts was down voted. One reason why down-votes on regular posts don't effect points is that drive-by down-voting became quite an epidemic.
It takes all kinds of people to make a world - but we don't need all of them.
well it's more of a bugs and sugs discussion but
- there's always been the debate that down votes should require a comment (min 50 chars...)
- and then on that an option to appeal a dv based on the comment (wrong, nasty, off topic, meaningless...)
but then the admins / moderators realised that would mean more work for them (following up on dv protests) so it gets tossed into the "too hard" basket. To cover themselves usually they will respond with "the down voter will eventually get a bad rep and loose rights, or they will just get bored and go away." of course in real life those things seemingly don't seem to happen, but whose to say it's not just new idiots replacing the old ones, there's a whole world of assholes out there.
I'm actually OK with the status quo, I'm OK that the admins/mods don't want more work, (after all they are volunteers), just wish they would be upfront about the real reason they down vote the down-vote-must-comment.
Anyway, as others have said:
don't worry about the down votes (world full of wankers), if it's good enough it'll get kudos [often from the OP - but some of them are jerks too and say nothing],
... you still get that personal satisfaction you [may have] helped someone, and perhaps the next guy too searching on the same question
As far as I could tell it was only a couple of downvotes, but it was indeed from the same person. Normally I'd like to see more of a trend before taking action, but this person hasn't been around for long and hasn't posted a single thing, so out they go.
... really means what it says. I've spent parts of the last three days diagnosing a problem where my app was complaining of an incorrect version reported by one of the services I use to talk to the hardware. This is happening on a 'new' test machine in a lab.
I checked the version of the service installed on the test machine. Correct.
I checked the version of the service included in the installation. Correct.
I checked the code in the build. Correct.
The app and service install correctly on my desk and on a freshly-imaged machine.
This morning I go back to the lab, and as I'm walking down there... What if there's more than one copy of the service .EXE on the machine?
In fact, there are two:
C:\Program Files\...\PgSwService.exe and
C:\Program Files (x86)\...\PgSwService.exe
ing dammit. This supposedly 'new' machine was actually a very old one, with a version of the service from 2013.
There are conventions for which directory you use for an install. 32-bit apps usually go in the "...(x86)" folder. IIRC, the intent was that you could have both 32 and 64-bit versions of applications installed in parallel, and not have them conflict with each other.