There is an awkward movement happening in this SE (and only this SE in my experience) right now. Some of my questions have been getting a single downvote and all of these questions have things in common.

  • The questions have got neither any upvotes nor any downvotes.

  • They have been in such state for long (usually 6 months or more).

  • However they get one single downvote recently, two questions per day.

These questions are going to disappear soon as they has downvotes and has no answer. I don't like them to disappear as it is possible to get an answer in the future. But for some reasons it gets one downvote on each question in very awkward timing.

It is likely that someone (and most likely single person) does it, given that it is done continuously. But if the questions are that bad, it would get any downvotes or close-votes when they were first posted, not after one year.

Two questions disappeared already and four more are going to disappear. Are they encouraged to disappear on this SE (which I have never heard in other SEs)? And is there anything I can do to stop them from being erased?

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    Hmm, something's fishy. To answer the question in your title, no we don't want those questions to disappear any more than any other SE site. There is a roomba that deletes old inactive questions, but I don't think most of your should have been targeted. And two downvotes per day like you describe it is very fishy. It's possible someone is targeting your questions to get them roomba'd. This is very against the rules. I'll keep looking into it and let you know if I can find anything out.
    – DJMcMayhem
    Mar 5 '19 at 16:38

It looks like two questions got deleted:

  • Vim 8.1 cannot be installed with Lua support
    Seems like a valid question to me; I manually undeleted it (note it may get cleaned again next week if it doesn't receive an answer/vote).

  • The key remapping suddenly stop working
    This is more tricky, because as it stands there isn't enough information to say anything meaningful. You never replied to D. Ben Knoble last question. I left this question deleted for now. You should update the question with more information so it can be answered.

As to the more general point, it looks like one user gave you a total of 6 downvotes, which caused those two to be automatically deleted. This is a user that "cleans up" a lot of old stuff (using edits, comment flags, votes). You're not being singled out; this user has upvoted and downvoted a lot of content. This user also does this on many different sites, not just this one.

Whatever you may think of the usefulness of systematically cleaning years-old content, for the most part they are using the system as intended. The entire point of SE sites is to build a library of useful and long-lasting information. Voting on older content is part of that; I receive votes on my old questions and answers on a daily basis, which is how the system is intended to work. Downvoting old content is just as much a part of the system as upvoting old content.

That your questions were deleted is unfortunate, but this is how the system works. If a single vote skews your question to be automatically cleaned then perhaps it wasn't a stellar question to start with. Both of your questions are in the "this doesn't work, please help me fix it" category, which I personally don't find very interesting/useful questions (using the formula I described here). I personally wouldn't downvote, but I can see how someone would.

Users' votes are their own, and aside from patterns that clearly don't fit the intended use (e.g. outright abuse) it's not my place as a mod to second-guess people's voting decisions.

It's correct that this pattern is a bit unusual – as DJMcMayhem pointed out in the comments – but from what I can see right now I don't think it warrants any action at this point, although I reserve the right to change my mind on this ;-)

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