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I recently posted a question that I put significant effort into. The problem I was having was complex, and I posted a significant amount of code. I included links to pages that I tried using, and searched S.O. for a good .5-1.0 hour before posting.

I was downvoted after 45 minutes of waiting for an answer without any explanation. I posted a comment asking for clarification, but didn't get any.

My question is: Do down-voters actually get my requests for clarification? I really want a good answer, and if my question is bad I want to fix it. Down votes just decrease the chance that anyone will look at it.

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If stackoverflow.com/questions/4463145/… was the question, I couln't see anything wrong with it. But its not my main area. – Toon Krijthe Dec 16 '10 at 19:55
    
Thanks for checking it out. Strange huh? (Wish someone knew what was up with that). – Crisfole Dec 16 '10 at 20:34
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They will not see your request for clarification unless they come back to the question on their own (there's no notification at the moment for this)

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Thanks Juan, is such notification likely to ever show up? – Crisfole Dec 16 '10 at 18:27
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@cpf, there are some requests for that: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/37090/… and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1751/… – juanformoso Dec 16 '10 at 18:28
    
Great! Thanks. +1 (Were I allowed to! :) ) – Crisfole Dec 16 '10 at 19:26
    
Now that I'm allowed to, +1 for real. – Crisfole Dec 16 '10 at 20:33

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