Encouraging people to explain down-votes
OK, I've just got downvoted for an answer that was previously upvoted. I'm pretty sure my answer wasn't the best, yet not the worst. It was also not a subjective question and I got a little upset because...
One of the reasons I'm participating on discussion forums or hybrids like StackOverflow is that I want to get some feedback for what (I think) I know. But, there are occasions in here where you have no idea why your response was bad and thus downvoted. I mean, a question is not about who gives the best answer, it is about learning from each other. If you downvote me, give me a reason for it. Don't be a coward or a selfish person that keeps all the knowledge for himself.
I've been searching on uservoice and any proposal to enforce some feedback when downvoting was rejected so I believe giving feedback for a downvote should be basic netiquette in here. If the system can't enforce it the we should rely on common sense. So...
When you downvote, please give feedback:
- Say, "Hey, I downvoted you. It was me, ok? Now you know."
- Say, "Hey, -1 because you said that."
- Say, "Hey, that what you said is actually the other, -1"
It's not that funny to offer free consultation letting ghosts assess your knowledge. I'm doing this for free so I expect this to be a fair trade by receiving real feedback for free. I'm also convinced I'm not the only one having this problem, so please share your opinions.
I'm a little bit shocked. Within a minute after posting this "question" some people downvoted almost all of my questions (no subjective questions and I may say pretty hard to answer). So, some people are very touchy today although I didn't point the finger at anyone... I wouldn't have believed this could happen.