Variations (e.g., used elsewhere in this discussion, "Exactly this.") also get the downvote.
If we all do "this", we can perhaps stamp out this annoying habit.
It gets worse too, now that I think about it, in that I responded to a comment about the article without having read the article.
I suppose it's contagious? Ug. Now I'm having a crisis. Either way, thanks for pointing out it, however indirectly.
Lol, that's gotta suck :-) I'm sure this sort of stuff has happened to me before...
If you don't want to follow the "this" herd, don't :-)
What you are basically saying is "I use the voting system to attempt to ostracise others because they come from another group". It is never appropriate to dismiss someone who actually has something to say because you don't like their way of saying it.
In a post-modern economy of people handing each other money for entertainment, rather than just food and fuel, I don't want any part of the way I express myself to be "stamped out."
Luckily for you your HN karma, which you will probably try to monetize somehow, cannot be devalued by me, but you can entertain schemes of priggish conformity under my nose.
Pretty cool place!