I'm not sure why but it seems I've been targeted been down voting (I think by the same user) as it happened in all the questions I've asked in less than 60 seconds. I do not think this is due to the quality of the questions as they happened rather quickly?

What should I do? I'm sorry if I've accidentally offended anyone.

Questions I received down-votes on are:

A new method to solve "discontinuous differential equations"?
Can one calculate the following operator?
New/useful method for summation of divergent series?
Why does this pattern emerge?

  • $\begingroup$ Links to some basic info related to this can be found in the serial voting tag-info. $\endgroup$ Jul 15, 2018 at 18:27
  • 5
    $\begingroup$ One option you should view as plausible is that somebody had a poor opinion of your latter post (Gehrard's answer below gives some support to this), and then checked your other posts and quickly got the same opinion from a glance. $\endgroup$
    – YCor
    Jul 16, 2018 at 22:06

2 Answers 2


I have not voted on any of your questions, and I won't justify the observed downvoting behaviour. I do find the questions as written as problematic for MathOverflow. Even though the posts concern mathematical issues from which good questions can arise, I am not finding your choices that good for this forum.

I focus on one question "Why does this pattern emerge?". As I read the question (and exaggerate some effects for communication), it amounts to saying "I decided to pick a couple of arbitrary operations on sequences, applied this to the prime sequence, and got something I find pretty. Why?".

Why is it pretty? Why did you pick it? Why do the operators do this? It is hard to deal with such a nonspecific question. Better would be to ask: I am studying this operation on sequences. It appears to give this behaviour. Is this operation considered in the literature? Are there related studies that might help me investigate it further? Is this statement phi true? ( phi being a well formulated conjecture on the operation, like ' does OP(Primes)= Famous sequence?'.)

I get the feeling that the questions follow the pattern "Here is an interesting observation. Please continue the research for me." , whereas for MathOverflow it is better to say "Here is an interesting observation, and here is some additional work I've done which suggest the following questions/conjectures. Can some one tell me how I can continue my work, or if it is in the literature, or if there is something I'm missing to go forward on this specific issue?". My impression of the community is that they are willing to help you help yourself more than do the work for you. It might be good for you to preview a question here on meta and ask how you can make it more suitable for the forum.

Gerhard "We All Want Good Questions" Paseman, 2018.07.15.


In the future you could and probably should simply flag for moderator attention. I've alerted Community Management to the issue.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .