I posted a well-received puzzle the other day where users needed to find out what word goes into the blank spaces in a few sentences, and the first user to post an answer got it right.
I didn't want to accept it immediately, because
- I like the suspense.
- There's nothing wrong not immediately accepting the correct answer.
- One of the first accepted answer I've ever posted got accepted days after I posted it, which I thought was interesting.
A bunch of answers started to pour in, some made sense, while the rest didn't. I pointed out the issues with those answers in the comment sections. On many of the answers that I commented on, a downvote had already found its way into the answer, or the answer got downvoted later.
Less than one day later, I accepted the first answer posted, and later the author of the accepted answer's account got deleted.
Now, I wouldn't be too surprised, as that answer was the only answer that user ever posted, so maybe they simply wanted to get a feel of the site, and then move on.
But soon a user started to comment their suspicions on my post. They said that it's strange how the user's account got deleted, that I must be the user who created that account to "hoard rep".
Another user strongly claimed how I downvoted all the answers where the suggested word would invalidate the grammar of the sentences, while my intended answer would also invalidate the grammar of the sentences.
I did not downvote all the answers. To be honest, I've downvoted one (before I accepted an answer) that I thought was absurd, but only one (I never would have thought that one day I'd have to clarify my votes like this).
The intended word does not invalidate the grammar of the sentences. My intended word would make part of the sentence "to give someone pressure", and the user said that it was incorrect, that the correct grammar should be "to put pressure on someone". I am fully aware of the idiom "to put pressure on someone", but I chose to use "to give someone pressure" because I didn't want to answer to be so obvious. It was grammatically correct, just not phrased like the idiom.
Before I became aware of the comments (I was away from the internet), some upvotes have already landed on them and so they rose up from the thread of comments, causing what I later had to say to be hidden by the view more comments button.
Now users who come to see my puzzle (I can tell it got hot due to the 2K views in just one day) will assume that I did ruthlessly downvote many answers and I do have a flaw in my puzzle, and likely downvote my post.
What can I do in this situation? I tried flagging many conversational comments so that my comments won't be at the very bottom of the long thread and would be more noticeable, but after waiting all day, the flags are still pending. Would it be appropriate to edit my comments into the post for more visibility?
Update: If you go looking for the post, the comments that cause the issue are (thank goodness) mostly removed.