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Allow users to leave an anonymous comment when voting

It'd be really nice if there were a way to see who up-voted a particular post, answer, or comment, perhaps by hovering the mouse over the vote total.

Also, it'd be nice if down-voting required that the voting user select from a list of common reasons for down-voting to explain why the down-vote was cast (similar to how voting to how flagging a post is currently done). This would help to educate users as to what makes a good post. It would also help to expose trolls who just like to down-vote.

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marked as duplicate by random Jun 24 '11 at 20:14

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Both are easily among the top 5 for duplicates. Always declined. Give it a go in the search. –  squillman Jun 24 '11 at 19:53
It would also help to empower trolls who like to take vengeance on people. –  gnostradamus Jun 24 '11 at 19:55
Okay, so voting is suppose to by anonymous. I get that. I don't really understand it for up-votes, but okay. The whole reason I suggested requiring a down-voting user to select from a list of common reasons was so that it would remain anonymous. –  Jim Fell Jun 24 '11 at 20:11
@Jim, then why did you write the first paragraph of your question? –  Michael Petrotta Jun 24 '11 at 20:14
I did run a search and didn't come up with anything, so I posted the whole idea. Should I re-post just the last part? –  Jim Fell Jun 24 '11 at 20:16

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It will lead to more problems than you think. With many people simply holding grudges against another person for downvoting. Comments beget Comments, so it's better to just move on and not say anything at all such as who downvoted.

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