This perspective though comes from spending time on Physics SE, and I believe it concerns all Stack Exchange sites this network offers.

Many times on my own posts, be it a question or an answer, or others, the questions/answers are downvoted and voted to be closed. Now it's perfectly fine to do; it keeps the sites in moderation and helpful to others. However, many times it doesn't do any good for the person who posted that question/answer. Some people are kind enough to let the OP know how their post can be improved, but most people don't do that. They downvote or cast a vote to close the question without any justification.

What I am trying to get is that it would be beneficial for all the users if every downvote and close vote required the person voting to give the reason to the OP on how they think the post can be improved, of course, while maintaining anonymity.

Also closing a question without telling the OP how they think the question was "opinion based", "duplicate" or "requires more details" (Physics SE reasons to close a question), does no good for them because if they knew how to answer these questions, they would have answered them while asking the question itself. As a personal example, after receiving closing votes on my question because it was considered a duplicate, I edited the post to make it explicit that the question which is supposedly a duplicate of mine does not answer my question, still, the question remained closed and I was stuck as how to make it "less duplicate".

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    The key issue is that once explaining the downvote would be mandatory, people will simply not downvote. No downvotes, no quality. End of SE as we know it. Nov 12 at 11:55
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    If you've a concern about that particular question, then physics meta would be the place to raise your concerns. Don't forget to look into editing first in order to differentiate your post from any duplicate.
    – W.O.
    Nov 12 at 12:29
  • @ShadowTheKidWizard Or they will downvote and simply keyboard-smash into the comment box, meaning the OP still doesn't get the feedback they're after and moderators have more work to do to clear up all the useless feedback comments.
    – F1Krazy
    Nov 12 at 12:38
  • FWIW, we've had a lot of questions on the one-way speed of light, especially after the viral Veritasium video about it. It's a tricky and subtle topic, and a lot of the info floating around about it on the Net is confusing, misleading, or downright wrong. Some of those Physics.SE questions have excellent answers, but admittedly some of the answers are... sub-optimal. However, it's hard to ask a new question about it that doesn't cover old ground and that will attract the attention of those with the skills to answer it properly.
    – PM 2Ring
    Nov 12 at 15:15


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