If I downvote, I always get the "please add a comment explaining why blah blah" text. I think this is a bug because many times I will comment and then downvote. So the text is telling me to do what I just did.
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After tonight's build, we'll be suppressing the "please consider adding a comment" popup if you have already commented on the post you're downvoting.
This is the usual behavior i have grown in habit of seeing.
Yeah This is a bug which is caused by the feature of suggesting the user to Add a comment. I think the down vote event is not bound with comments and so it shows.
Flowing are my thoughts on this:
Overall it will improve the quality of comments and Justify the down-votes.
It does not say "please add", it says "remember you can."
And the intent here is just as a reminder, it does not know or care if you actually left a comment.
This reminder goes away at 1k or 2k rep as I recall, so.. get more rep! :)