Now, I realize that in a sense it helps meet a certain common demand, that folks explain downvotes. It's an excellent resource. It explains very well how a post can be improved.
On the other hand, I think a bare link to it is off-putting because:
- As an experienced user, I feel there's often a little more guidance that's needed.
- It puts the focus on the downvote, rather than the improvement until you click through. A new user is going to focus on the former, not the latter.
- It's an LMGTFY-style 'lazy' way to deal with a lower-quality question.
Now, together with a bit of fluff "Your question could do with some improvement blah blah" and a link, its handy.
I love the intent, not the implementation. Could we consider encouraging better, more productive use of it, or maybe blocking bare links to it (if possible) to encourage more insightful commentary?