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I suggest to show downvoter's name so that we'll be able to decrease the number of unfair downvotes resulted by abusing his rights in doing so.

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  • related: meta.stackexchange.com/q/254257/244519
    – CRABOLO
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:32
  • There can be tons of related but the issue remains
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:32
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    Not sure what elections have got to do with anything (also, given the numbers involved - it his highly unlikely to have been any of the candidates). No idea why you'd even bring that up.
    – Oded
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:40
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    And really leaving comments like this only attracts downvotes...
    – rene
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:42
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    You got a down vote, so what? I've had perfectly good questions down voted, you just have to live with it. Consider it part of the price of being active on the site. As for "the issue remains" - it's only an issue for those who want to make it an issue. Ignore it and move on.
    – slugster
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:46
  • @slugster, first of all let me thank for not being anonymous. Secondly, what do you benefit from downvoting perfectly good questions? Self-satisfaction?
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:47
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    The site has always operated with the policy that you do not have to justify or supply any reason for up votes or down votes. In general the system works pretty well, although not everyone is happy all the time. As for why people do it - some people just be hatin'. They may not have understood your question, or may not have liked your approach, or they may have been having a crappy day. We will never know. Showing names will just lead to conflict and retribution.
    – slugster
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:50
  • @slugster, yeah I understand there's always some sort of unfairness the same way we have in real world ;)
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:51
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    -1 For not considering the implications of this. What would you have done if they had left their names? Ranted at them?
    – Tim
    Apr 25 '15 at 20:41
  • @Tim are we still discussing this post or it's finished?
    – Askar
    Apr 26 '15 at 21:33
  • @Tim remove your comment from my SO, as people feeling power in SO enjoying doing down votes there
    – Askar
    Apr 27 '15 at 0:01
  • Powerful moderators, please remove this post.
    – Askar
    Apr 27 '15 at 2:45
  • @oscar I'm explaining my down vote. Would you rather I didn't explain it? To get a mod to remove it, either flag the comment or the post and select the other reason.
    – Tim
    Apr 27 '15 at 12:59
  • @oscar what discussion? Your post is about wanting people to say they down voted, yes? So that is what I did. What is the problem?
    – Tim
    Apr 27 '15 at 13:07
  • @Tim just noticed your comment has been removed from my post in SO, so I'm finished here. Have a nice day.
    – Askar
    Apr 27 '15 at 13:09
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Voting is deliberately anonymous, both up and down. If someone wants to share their name with you or the reasons for their vote, they'll do so.

If we opened up the system to letting everyone see who cast every vote, not only would that feel a bit too social-network-y for my taste, but it would also severely compromise the integrity of said votes.

Maybe I don't want to vote something down, because I fear the user will vote me down in response. Maybe I don't want to be known as that one guy who downvotes Jon Skeet. Maybe I just don't want to be seen as a "negative influence" on the community.

Downvoting is important, and as long as it's generally warranted, we don't want to try and talk anyone out of doing it.

We don't want anyone feeling pressured into voting one way or another, because one of the main reasons the Stack Exchange model works so much better than classic forums is that people can trust content they see ranked high up.

And even on top of that, we already have enough cases of people overreacting to a single downvote. Giving them a target human being to overreact at would just make the site that much less enjoyable for everyone.

The only time when it's appropriate to call a person out on the votes they've cast is when they're abusing the system. And even that is held private under normal circumstances.

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  • Thanks for reply. But that specific post I brought in my post I think was unfairly downvoted. Of course, just one mouse click is very easy than explaining the reason.
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:29
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    @Oscar Lots of people think their posts have been unfairly downvoted. It's an icky feeling, but that's no reason to go and change the whole system for the worse. Just as someone randomly came across it and downvoted it, perhaps someone else will later randomly upvote it. That's how the system works. Apr 25 '15 at 11:31
  • If there would be the feature that force downvoters to explain the reason of downvoting, maybe who wouldn't downvote.
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:34
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    @oscar - and that would reduce the overall quality of posts all over the site. I think that's a bad trade-off. If less people downvote (which will happen if they are forced to leave feedback), there will be more bad posts staying around.
    – Oded
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:36
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    Thanks guys for replies. Just wanted to share with my thoughts.
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:37
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    @Oscar and thank you for that! It's important to think about these kinds of things, and work to improve the system as a whole. I'm just not sure this is the right way to do it. Apr 25 '15 at 11:39
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    @MatthewHaugen I appreciate your time and efforts to explain to me.
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:41
  • @MatthewHaugen, people like you will change SO to a better direction
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 11:44
  • @oscar Technically @Matt is doing his best to avoid unnecessary changes! Next time you propose something, think about the negative effects, and how it affects everyone, not just you.`
    – Tim
    Apr 25 '15 at 20:43
  • @Tim You're right, next time I won't waste my time!
    – Askar
    Apr 25 '15 at 21:28

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