We still need some time to recover from the loss of our last victim, but here goes the next post about the almighty and all-pervading ME (Meta Effect). Someone has just brought our attention today to a question on Meta Stack Overflow about a deleted question on Stack Overflow.
Not only was the Meta Stack Overflow question OP partially asking for 15 (!) reputation points, but actually the original OP of the question on Stack Overflow obtained about 30 downvotes due to the “meta effect” and the answer got at least 30-35 upvotes as of writing this.
The main irony in this is that the “poor” answerer, who temporarily lost 15 reputation points, gained a gold badge while half of the answerer’s reputation is now coming from this effect!
Yes, really, he did accomplish all this within a very short while; incredible. Let us see what the badge description writes:
Reversal Provided answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score. This badge can be awarded multiple times.
I’ve seen post with meaningless random text and spam with less down-votes.