I understand that people are in charge of their voting, and we generally avoid legislating voting in any way as it is fundamentally unenforceable. Nevertheless, the use of downvotes to explicitly discriminate against rpg communities the voter dislikes concerns me, particularly since such explicitly action all-but-certainly comes alongside silent action. Recently, the following comment was posted on a theoretical optimization question:
I downvoted because I don't see what the practical problem is here. This looks like a theoretical optimization problem that doesn't involve actual play, and that's enough for a "not useful" downvote from me.
This comment was upvoted twice. I think it's self-evident that this is directly contrary to Can we affirm that RPG.SE embraces a plurality of playstyles? and constitutes "harassment, bigotry, or abuse". If the action of downvoting on this basis were expressed in a comment, it would be flaggable as such. Thus, it seems to me, we have a problem if people are doing this sort of thing regularly. It's important, of course, that voting remains independent and not subject to any sort of review process or whatever. But it's also important that we not use votes to push playstyles-- or other groups we don't like!-- off the site.
What should we do?