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    Something a bit funny is happening with downvoting and spam-flagging of questions by porton. The relevant questions (,, are not great questions, but they are very far from the kind of thing that we generally count as spam. It would not surprise me very much if no one upvoted them, but it is odd that they should have 8-10 downvotes each.
    • CommentAuthorAndy Putman
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2012 edited
    I suspect that people are downvoting his questions and flagging them as spam less because of his specific questions (which strike me as weird and not great, but probably inoffensive) but rather because of his well-known reputation as a crank. See, for instance,
    • CommentAuthorAngelo
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2012 edited
    Porton is an amateur mathematician with rather grandiose ideas about the importance of his work. You can certainly call him a crank, but he is polite, and much less bothersome than other users. I would avoid picking on him.
    Fair enough, Angelo. I agree that he is very polite and doesn't really cause any trouble. I was more trying to explain why I suspect that so many people downvote his posts. I've personally voted to close some of them, but they have never annoyed me to the point where I downvoted them.
    • CommentAuthorAngelo
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2012 edited
    To Andy: I was not suggesting you were the one who was picking on him. Of course, your explanation is spot on.
    • CommentAuthorHarry Gindi
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012 edited

    I have an idea of who it might be, but I haven't asked. Porton happens to be part of a few other math groups, some of which are a bit less professional than mathoverflow.