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Encouraging people to explain down-votes

I asked a question and it got 4 downvotes without any reason? Isn't that downvoting should follow a comment? Or simply because you can downvote for free,you will do it?

Please check my question here

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14601626/web-sites-to-follow-for-ruby-on-rails-developers

I'm asking this because its not the first time.

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marked as duplicate by Yi Jiang, Mat, Yannis, hims056, Toon Krijthe Jan 30 '13 at 11:12

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Isn't that downvoting should follow a comment?

No, people are encouraged to explain their downvotes, but are not required to do so.

Or simply because you can downvote for free, you will do it?

If the question doesn't show sufficient prior research and/or at least some minimal effort to solve your problem on your own, of course I'll downvote it.


Now, specifically about your question:

  • It's not a real question, it's a request for a list of resources. The "don't ask" section in the FAQ explains in some detail why we don't welcome such questions.
  • No prior research or any other kind of effort is evident, the downvotes are justified.
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Where can I ask this question? The one i have give the link. –  Sachin Prasad Jan 30 '13 at 10:58
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@SachinPrasad I'm afraid the question isn't appropriate for Stack Exchange in general, there is no site in the network that would accept it. –  Yannis Jan 30 '13 at 11:03
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Don't be afraid be bold :D –  Sachin Prasad Jan 30 '13 at 11:04
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@SachinPrasad Stack Exchange is bold, in that we are doing something so completely different from all the 'forums' out there: We accept only certain kinds of questions which have been shown to be productive for this kind of site, and specifically don't accept certain other ones which have been shown to be unproductive. –  Andrew Barber Jan 30 '13 at 15:05

Comments should not be compulsory for downvotes. It will reduce the downvoting. The question you have linked is obviously off-topic on Stack Overflow. See our FAQ before posting a question. It's not a programming question.

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