My answer seems to have a fair amount of upvotes, call it N(>25). I didn't think it controversial, but the first comment in response is pretty negative about the quality of the answer, and has a huge upvote count (>N-4). I assume that means there are a bunch of folks to agree with the negative assessment.
Ignoring the answer itself, why would it be the case that the answer has a huge upvote count, and the negative remark has a huge upvote count? The answer is getting almost exactly one vote in favor, for each upvote on the negative comment, if I interpret this data, which seems statistically strange to me. Weirder, the differences in votes for and the negative comment count seem to have held steady at a small constant ("4?"). If I didn't think SO+friends was well built, I'd say the first-comment count was automatically tracking the positive-vote count without any human beings participating. (That's the question: is it broken? Nah, can't be ...?)
I'd generally expect downvoters to vote against the answer, rather than upvoting the comment (but maybe they're all in violent agreement which is pretty strange at SO in my experience). If I could see the actual for/against votes as on StackOverflow, would I see a positive vote count of 2N+4, and a negative vote count of N? Why doesn't Programmers have the same vote display mechanism, which would let me lay my fears to rest?