Here is where I discuss downvoting at Threadless
Recently a bunch of people told me I should resubmit my super cats design to, well...the super cats contest. Made sense. I made several changes that people seemed to really enjoy, and for a while this seemed to be confirmed in the contest. The design hovered between 2nd and 5th highest score for most of the first week in voting, then all of a sudden took a huge plunge of about 20 places over night, and continued to plunge as hundreds of votes came in rather quickly. Now, looking at the scores, voter numbers, 5's and 1's given, I feel like it's pretty clear people were downvoting en masse.
Sure, one could argue that maybe the new color scheme and tee is just so horrible that more than double the number of voters (with less total votes) thought it deserved a 1. Or maybe people were so tired of seeing it, having voted on it in january that it just deserved to do significantly worse. But I am going with the downvoters theory, the variance is way too high. Oh well, time to resume my threadless break.