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Encouraging people to explain down-votes

I wonder if there any system where we can report against those down-voters who does not care enough to explain the reason.

Sometimes its really bugs us out when someone down-vote the question or answer without any explanation. Even we don't know who is actually down-voted (as far as i know, may be I am wrong) the answer or question.

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marked as duplicate by Rosinante, animuson, Martijn Pieters, ЯegDwight, yoozer8 Nov 5 '12 at 20:58

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This is what we call consensus... – tvdien Nov 5 '12 at 13:27
@SpritsDracula Indeed. Also, don't worry about serial downvotes. They get reversed automatically (if detected by the system at 00:00 UTC) – Anirudh Ramanathan Nov 5 '12 at 13:29
It's been discussed before on Meta. I think the main argument against was that it would theoretically open people to retribution. But the real reason is probably laziness. – Antimony Nov 5 '12 at 13:30
StackOverflow works on the concept of up and down votes to rate the content of questions and answers. The FAQ explains how things work, and no where in the description of voting does it require that the downvoter identify him/herself or explain why. (Most people do, however, as a courtesy to the poster of the question.) The FAQ also mentions that discussions of how SO works should be posted to the meta site. And a search of the meta site would probably show you that this question has been asked already, and would end up being closed as a duplicate. – Ken White Nov 5 '12 at 13:35
Thanks guyz, lol...down voted again! anw... thanks him/her too. This question needs to be closed. – SpritsDracula Nov 5 '12 at 13:37
Downvoting serves as a way of user moderation - if a question is bad it should be downvoted so other people don't waste their time on it. As to not stating reasons for downvotes, why should I bother writinig a comment on a question where the asker obviously didn't bother to spend three minutes with google, or read the faq, or inform himself about the type of questions one should and should not ask here. – l4mpi Nov 5 '12 at 13:37
Downvotes on meta has a different conotation from those on the main site: they are as likely to mean that people disagree with you as to mean they think the question was ill-posted or inappropriate. In this case, you are likely to get hammered because we've been over this ground dozens of times. – dmckee Nov 5 '12 at 16:49
I am extremely sorry broz, actually i am new in stackoverflow and i did not know about If i knew that, i would have search for it and yes! 100% i will get the answer. I posted this question in stackoverflow and now it has been moved in meta section by moderator. So, I am getting hammered, but its ok, sometimes people get pretty much excited when they saw something wrong and instead of correcting it, they hammered for it as much as they can. But don't worry, still we got some good minded people who learn us how to overcome the problem. Anyway, thanks to all. – SpritsDracula Nov 5 '12 at 17:23
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No, there isn't a procedure to report down-votes and there shouldn't be one. Down-votes are by design anonymous and while we do encourage users to explain their down-votes, it is not compulsory.

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