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Encouraging people to explain down-votes

PLEASE give us some way to identify the people that down-vote questions. It is ludicrous that some of these question Nazis do that without explanation.

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marked as duplicate by Aaron Bertrand, Kev Sep 26 '12 at 2:02

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Using words like Nazi is a really effective way to be constructive about this. –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 26 '12 at 1:40
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The whole point of keeping them annoymous is so you can't get revenge on them. –  Mysticial Sep 26 '12 at 1:43
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This question is getting downvoted really fast. –  Mechanical snail Sep 26 '12 at 1:44
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Hi, I downvoted this question. Bye. –  BalusC Sep 26 '12 at 1:46
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And before you get mad about the down-votes here, voting is different on meta. –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 26 '12 at 1:47
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The question is, just what exactly would you do with this information? You can't exact revenge through a spree of downvotes because the system will just automatically unrevenge them, and you can't force people to explain in the comments if they don't want to engage you. So where is the value in having this? –  Kev Sep 26 '12 at 2:08
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-1 Because stuff –  JNK Sep 26 '12 at 12:39
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No, no, no.

As explained in the duplicate I proposed (and dozens of similar questions since), identifying down-voters would do two things, in this order:

  1. invite vindictive / vengeful behavior
  2. reduce and, ultimately, eliminate down-voting due to 1.

Anonymous down-voting is a crucial aspect of this site. Can it be abused? Certainly. Can abuse be prolonged and pervasive? Not very easily - there are a lot of built-in and manual mechanisms to prevent that.

If folks want to explain their down-vote, they can, in a comment. I've stopped doing that because of multiple instances of point 1. Revenge down-voting against me (among other more offensive things) when someone's answer was down-voted, even in cases where I was providing constructive criticism and wasn't among the down-voters.

In order to get full enjoyment from the site, stop worrying about down-votes. If you're posting good quality, the up-votes far out-weigh the down-votes (by 2.5x or 5x). Let them go.

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You stopped explaining downvotes in comments because of revenge downvoting, but then you're saying that one shouldn't worry about downvotes. Aren't you a bit self-contradicting here? Revenge downvotes are often easily auto-reverted by background scripts or by contacting the mod team. –  BalusC Sep 26 '12 at 2:00
    
@Chichiray I think you're mixing up what I'm saying. Did I say that vindictive / vengeful behavior was limited to revenge down-voting only? If that were it, how would I have any idea it was revenge down-voting? Please read this question to understand that in my case at least I'm talking about more than just down-votes. Not all vengeful behavior can be caught by detection scripts and do I really think it's worth it to explain down-votes so I can talk to the mod team every week? No thanks. –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 26 '12 at 2:04
    
Oh, that was you, sorry I should have thought about this. Yes, I've followed that question. Pretty sensitive matter, yeah. –  BalusC Sep 26 '12 at 2:04
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@Chichiray I've updated my answer to clarify that I'm not talking only about revenge down-voting. There are far worse things that can happen when someone decides they don't appreciate constructive criticism. –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 26 '12 at 2:10
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