Today, I saw a number of close votes. Some seemed to be legitimate, made in good faith (regardless of whether or not I agreed with them).
However, I also saw five close votes with the "proofreading" close reason on questions which clearly had nothing to do with proofreading:
- What does “positively ill” mean?
- use of the preposition "in" in front of here/there
- The meaning of 'becoming brown'
- Do "twice as high xxxxx as" , "twice as high" and "twice higher" mean the same thing?
Of these, one could probably be closed legitimately for another reason, but I can't imagine all of these close votes were in good faith. None of the questions have anything to do with proofreading! Someone making this mistake once is believable, but not five times—I can't imagine it wasn't deliberate.
At the same time, I also noticed an unusually high volume of downvotes. I'm sure some of these votes were legitimate, and I agreed with at least one of them myself. But for the most part I couldn't figure out any reason for them. Most of the downvoted posts seemed fine to me, so I took action by voting the ones I agreed with back up.
The impression I get is that someone is, for whatever reason, not acting in good faith.
I noticed that a certain user was on the weekly top voters list today, and it made me wonder if the close votes and the downvotes were both symptoms of the same problem. Of course, I can only speculate.
EDIT: The one which I said "could probably be closed legitimately for another reason" did end up being closed. The other users picked Unclear What You're Asking, so that's the close reason that shows up. But we can see the first close voter here, and it's exactly who I expected it was.