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Encouraging people to explain down-votes

As a new user, I'm still learning the "dos and donts" of posting on here. I've seen many questions from new users get downvoted with no clear explanation as to why.

I think it would be very useful if it was mandatory for a user to provide a reason when they downvote a question/answer. This would enable the OP to get a better understanding of what they did "wrong" and to help them learn how to do it better next time.

marked as duplicate by ChrisF, Lance Roberts, Brandon, random Sep 20 '11 at 14:41

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    please note that downvotes here don't mean you have a bad question merely that users disagree with your post – mcgrailm Sep 20 '11 at 14:33
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    in this case the downvotes are probably for laughs? – jrturton Sep 20 '11 at 14:35
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    @jrturton no - it means people don't approve of the request. Also, been asked many times. – Sathyajith Bhat Sep 20 '11 at 14:42
  • I find the tooltip of the downvote button pretty clear enough. If it would need further clarification, I usually add a comment. – BalusC Sep 20 '11 at 14:51
  • @Chichiray Isn't that a generalised reason though? I'm sure that's not the only reason people downvote – user169516 Sep 20 '11 at 15:02
  • @mcgrailm I don't really see how users disagree with a request for help (I'm referring to the stack overflow parent site)? – user169516 Sep 20 '11 at 15:06
  • @peachy0685 i was only noting that down votes on meta overflow mean the users disagree – mcgrailm Sep 20 '11 at 16:00

I would support this action but I would insist it be anonymous to prevent retaliation from users. that said I'm not sure that could be done. currently users are encouraged to give a reason but it is not mandatory

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    I support this. Especially for newcomers the downvotes are frustrating. There is no learning curve if there is no reason. Personally, I don't care if the comment was public or anonymous. If I have an opinion, I can stand for it and don't fear retaliation. – kongo09 Sep 20 '11 at 14:36