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Is there any way for me to see who is upvoting or downvoting me? Apart from looking at the data dump, of course.

No, I will not go after those who downvoted me, but it's interesting to know, anyway.

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  • Lately I've often been thinking that it would be nice if I could see that I was downvoted in the first place. – innaM Oct 28 '09 at 9:47
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    @Manni - This is shown as part of you voting data in the envelope view. It will show all up and down votes. Unless your looking for something else? – BinaryMisfit Oct 28 '09 at 10:02
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    I feel bad enough downvoting as it is, and while I always try to leave a comment, sometimes I just can't bring myself to do it :( – Phoshi Oct 28 '09 at 11:28
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    Explaining a downvote is not without risk. Sometimes you get a string of downvotes on old answers in return. – Andomar Oct 28 '09 at 12:40
  • @Diago: I am talking about the envelope-thingy, yes. But I have my doubts about its correctness. I'll keep an eye on that thing an report a bug when my suspicions are confirmed. – innaM Oct 28 '09 at 12:41
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    @Andomar: That is true, unfortunately. But it shouldn't keep you from explaining your downvotes. I suggest to report revenge downvotes immediately. – innaM Oct 28 '09 at 12:43
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    What?! -2 points? Now I have another reason to know who downovoted me, and why :) – Graviton Oct 29 '09 at 4:01
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    +1 I wouldn't mind my own downvotes being visible. If I don't leave a comment its because I'm lazy, not because I'm afraid of revenge voting. – Perpetual Motion Goat Feb 5 '10 at 8:22
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    +1, there really should be a rule about leaving a comment when you down vote. i just had a down vote and run for one of my questions and it is completely non-constructive. i don't particularly care who did it but what is the point of a down vote if there is no explanation as to why i got it? i can't change whatever the person had a problem with without an explanation so to me that is just someone being a d*#@ for no reason. – Ozgur Susoy Apr 26 '14 at 14:17
  • I actually don't care who voted down, but why. So it would be nice if a down vote would only be possible after leaving a comment. SO asks to add a comment, but it does not require it. That's bad. – qwerty_so Jan 28 '15 at 20:40
  • I'm working on a Java application that tracks this. I will release the source on GitHub shortly. There are too many comment-less / serial downvotes for this to be a good system otherwise. It's simple to track by measuring the -1 cost of a downvote and the timing of the downvote. – Hack-R Sep 6 '16 at 0:55
  • @Hack-R, how can you do that when the data that you can access is already anonymous? – Graviton Sep 6 '16 at 2:27
  • @Andomar Never fear, the StackExchange serial downvoting system is here! They'll take care of your serial downvotes, so no worries! – Unitato May 27 '17 at 17:09


Voting is anonymous and not even the moderators have access to this information. The only people I suspect that can see is the Stack Exchange development team.

From the comments: Voting data is made anonymous before the data dump is done so this information is not available in the data dump.


There are scripts that run that check for voting anomalies that will indicate when a user has a high rate of up-votes or down-votes from a particular user, however these instances are rare and handled by the team.

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    I don't think this information is available in the data dump, as this would defeat the anonymity. – fretje Oct 28 '09 at 8:50
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    correct - voting data is anonymized pre-dump – warren Oct 28 '09 at 9:46
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    what exactly does high rate mean? and how often does this script check run? – Aditya P Mar 14 '11 at 4:57
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    @AdityaGameProgrammer: The details of the anti-serial-voting script are not really publicized (lest people try and game the algorithm), but e.g. two accounts upvoting each other all day long will be probably caught by this. – Piskvor Apr 8 '11 at 18:02
  • @Piskvor fair enough.But if a person really wanted to game it observation and analysis would be enough to figure it out for most part. – Aditya P Apr 8 '11 at 18:08
  • However, not forcing someone to leave a comment when downvoting will not be helpful to the guy whose answer was downvoted. He will be clueless as to why a perfectly valid answer (according to him) was downvoted.. – Onkar Aug 15 '12 at 14:17
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    I think they should at least give you the opportunity to see who up voted you. – Eric Leroy Oct 15 '12 at 15:36
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    @EricLeroy Why, what does it make better by knowing who voted for you? Someone liked your answer, tomorrow they don't and remove their vote and now you know? So what? It is an insignificant number on some site on the internet. Doesn't hold much value except in our own warped minds. It is also not a popularity contest, or for that matter voting for a world leader. It's just a site on the internet. Why do people really care so much? (The last question is rhetorical) – BinaryMisfit Oct 15 '12 at 16:36
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    for the same reason you can see the person who commented. – Eric Leroy Oct 15 '12 at 17:03
  • When you get upvotes you don't know if it's from a seasoned programer, someone that just actively started using stack exchange, or somebody that really doesn't know much, but goes around upvoting to earn badges. Understand? You can check out that persons profile, just like on a comment. And as per what you said "popularity contest", then why have a leader board? Why don't they just take the leader board, the name for the comment, and remove both? Obviously they want you to go check out others' profiles. I wouldn't be a negative impact like the person knowing who down voted them. – Eric Leroy Oct 15 '12 at 17:23
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    I don't really care WHO up-/down-voted my answer, but it would be extremely helpful to know WHY I was down-voted. Clicking the down arrow is far too easy but reaching within yourself and providing what you believe is a great answer takes some effort. Heck, taking the time to provide insight and some type of variety to a discussion is all types of good. Then why the mere anonymous down-vote? Why not at least follow that up with a quick explanation? That would at least make it worth my time to contribute to this community. – Draghon Jan 12 '13 at 21:09
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    ...or is there something about earning 125 points that makes you trustworthy enough to wear an invisible cloak and go around putting down others' answers without having to explain yourself? – Draghon Jan 12 '13 at 21:13
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    @Draghon If you take some arbitrary meaningless points on the internet that seriously, your most likely in the wrong place. I get a significant amount of down-votes over time, and honestly, the impact of -2 on an answer which already has +50 or more, is meaningless in the bigger scheme of things. – BinaryMisfit Jan 13 '13 at 7:41
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    @Diago, agreed, but what if your answer is already at 0, which may I add, might not reflect the correctness/appropriateness of the answer but more its timeliness? He who provided the answer is none the wiser about the real reason: did an SME down-vote my answer or was it just a douche with a down-vote obsession? Was my answer THAT far off to get negative attention or did I barely miss the mark due to poor English? What is the argument FOR the opposition anyway? – Draghon Feb 2 '13 at 2:55
  • Don't let the length of my argument fool you, it's not as serious an issue for me as it is for you so don't think I'm all emotional about a few negative points. All important decisions start with some serious thought, which is what this post is proposing. Besides, those with a fair interest in this community would argue that this IS the place to be...why not try to make it better? Lastly, to dismiss the argument of those that might take the negative points to heart is a cop-out and can and should be addressed by this community. Again I ask, why not? – Draghon Feb 2 '13 at 3:01

Confirmed that the Upvoter / Downvoter UserId's are zapped from the Votes table, e.g. by running this data.stackexchange query. Note however that 'favourited' and bounty Userid's seem to be retained :) (Thanks, mom!)

SELECT v.UserId, vt.Name, COUNT(*)
     Posts p
       INNER JOIN Votes v
         ON v.PostId = p.Id
       INNER JOIN VoteTypes vt
         ON v.VoteTypeId = vt.Id
     p.OwnerUserId = ##UserId##
    vt.Name, v.UserId
  ORDER BY 1,3
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    If someone has the balls to downvote against someone who made the effort, they deserve to get a reason or condition to improve. Often the critic is ill informed or ill-willed if silent – Sunnyskyguy EE75 Dec 30 '16 at 8:08
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    All self-styled Einstiens have this problem of downvoting questions and answers in a rush, to prove their superioty and that too without an explanation. Recently I have been a victim of the same. I do not know WHY downvoted. – Mopparthy Ravindranath Mar 29 '17 at 5:51
  • Having around 13 upvotes on an answer, I am still thinking what went terribly wrong for that person who downvoted without even having the courtesy to explain. – Pranav Karnik Oct 12 '18 at 12:06
  • SO should develop this functionality, those who are downvoting, before that they should post a reason to downvote. – Rahul May 8 at 13:02

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