In my reputation history I see that I lost 75 points of reputation because of "serial upvoting reversed." What does that mean?

It seems that this question was asked in passing in this discussion and sort of answered by Asaf Karagila, but I didn't understand his answer.


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See What is serial voting and how does it affect me?

Basically, there are systems in place that prevent serial voting. For example, someone may find one or two of your answers as really good and upvote a whole bunch of others without reading1. On the other hand, a malicious user may give you many downvotes. Such strings of serial upvoting or downvoting in short time intervals get reversed within 24 hours.

1. On SE we vote on the basis of the merit of the post, not the user (though the merit of the user can be a factor). Blindly upvoting a user's post goes against this.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm pretty sure it is allowed to base your voting decisions not exclusively on a post. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 29, 2013 at 23:26
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaelGreinecker Sure. However, the advice is to vote on the basis of the merit of a post (of course, the merit of the user makes it more reliable and contributes). I guess this isn't exactly a "rules" thing, so I'll edit that. Thing is, "I like this user so let me blindly upvote all his posts" is not allowed. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 29, 2013 at 23:28
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    $\begingroup$ @Manishearth Sure, I was thinking more something along the lines "Haven't I told this user already three times that you can't divide by zero?". $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 29, 2013 at 23:31
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelGreinecker Oh, yeah, that. That's different, that's when the merit of the user is so bad it overshadows the post :P It happens too often. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 29, 2013 at 23:32

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