How can I address getting a low quality downvote? Clearly a flame war is not the best option, but I have often felt downvotes (not just mine) are unfair and often gratuitously snarky (be nice).
Is there a policy on that other than 'go write a better question'? Where is it? I found something about reviewing the low quality flags people put on posts, but not how the OP can constructively engage in a defense of his or her question with the critics involved.
In this most recent case, I went to considerable detail as to the history of my issue, including pieces of code, and still I got a downvote with no explanation (and of course, no help). I get it that there are stupid, lazy, duplicate, and poorly thought out questions on this site. But what happens when you dispute the downvote (which is often anonymous) but don't want a flame war that distracts from the question?