This is an idea I have seen around, but I have not seen a feature request for it, so here it is.
Downvotes that have no comments are frustrating and difficult to manage. This is a way to help improve that:
- Have a downvote initially cost more to cast for the downvoter (5 points for example)
- When a comment (from the downvoter) on the downvoted question/answer gets an upvote, you get your points back.
- All points (ie all 5) could be refunded or just up till the traditional -1 that is in place now (ie 4 points refunded).
This would encourage good comments and downvotes for real reasons. (Because comments for questions/answers that are bias related will not get the upvotes as readily.)
This could/should be limited to non-subjective tags. (ie tags where a downvote just because you "don't like it" is not appropriate.)