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“Please add a comment explaining..” still shows up when I add a comment and then downvote

Just a minor nitpick on something I've noticed a few times:

As many of you know, when you downvote a question/answer, it gives you a message prompting you to leave a comment about why you did.

This is all well and good, except that I tend to write a comment first, and then down vote later if there's no improvement/response. The message still prompts you to leave a comment, even though you already have added one.

I know it's really minor, but it's just a little oddity that I noticed. It'd be nicer if it only gave the prompt when you actually hadn't commented, since the big dark red box (on meta anyway), always catches me as a "problem".

  • Nice to see this was closed as "exact duplicate" of a question that was opened 2 years AFTER this one...
    – TM.
    Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 19:30
  • it really doesn't matter on Meta which one is closed. However, the other one has the status-completed on it, which is probably why it's the canonical version. Also, for anyone flagging the other one as a duplicate of this one, well, it doesn't make sense to close that one as a dup of this one if this one is already closed as a dup of another one. That sort of doesn't make a lot of sense and is circular....
    – jmort253
    Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 20:36

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I agree.

I've had similar thoughts but considered it too minor to post a question on. Trivial, yes. But that box is just a hair too invasive.

A variation: If one up votes someone else's comment, then don't show the box. The implication being that you are supporting someone else's comment on why there was a down vote and there is no need to bug folks about it.


You're right, definitely minor, but I imagine it should not be terribly hard to do a quick query of the comments on that question and see if any were left by you when a downvote occurs.

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    Or simply remove the box if you have written any comment on that answer.
    – perbert
    Commented Sep 15, 2009 at 23:36

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