Possible Duplicates:
Leaving an anonymous comment when voting.

Extending the "Please consider adding a comment..." reminder with a comment field bellow which allows to leave an anonymous comment reasoning the down-vote. This could help preventing revenge-down-votes and yet help the OP improving.

The field should be clarifying the optionality of this process, but as a motivation, half the down-vote-cost could be refunded as a reward. Or only half the down-vote loss for the OP is cast for unreasoned down-votes.

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    Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/50030/… – Grace Note Jun 21 '10 at 16:44
  • I think this has been suggested and [status-declined] before, can't find it though. – Andy E Jun 21 '10 at 16:44
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    Picked from the "related" list: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6521/… FWIW, I'm against it. Stop connecting votes and comments - that's why we have the "revenge" problem to begin with! If you have something to say, leave a comment regardless of whether or not you vote, and don't feel you need to state the obvious every time you down-vote a half-assed attempt at asking/answering. – Shog9 Jun 21 '10 at 16:49
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    This question is a clear duplicate of 6521, however IMO 6521 should not have been closed as a duplicate of 135. If Ivo is reading this, then we can resurrect 6521. – Jon Seigel Jun 21 '10 at 17:22
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    6521 is now open again. – Jon Seigel Jun 21 '10 at 17:52

Adding an anonymous comment is a great idea, as long as it is optional.

p.s. I have no idea why people are closing since the duplicate is pretty different here.

EDIT: I see from one of the other links posted, why people are calling it a duplicate, but please notice that that question was mistakenly closed as a duplicate, so it got no traction. I think it would be easier to leave this question open, than to resurrect the other one.

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    I'll just reopen it (so they can close it again), but indeed this is a 'new' request if you ask me – Ivo Flipse Jun 21 '10 at 17:01
  • @Lance: how is the duplicate different? – Shog9 Jun 21 '10 at 17:14
  • The idea of making down-vote comments was raised in one of the answers to my question - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/135/… – ChrisF Jun 21 '10 at 17:16
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    @Shog9, the duplicate is about having specific canned answers, while this one is about a comment field that can be filled out, and it posts that comment anonymously. It's definitely a different approach than the other. – Lance Roberts Jun 21 '10 at 17:16
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    @Shog9, after looking at the other links (after the first one), I see what people mean by duplicate, though unfortunately that one was mistakenly closed as a duplicate. It'd be easier to leave this one up, than try to ressurect that one. – Lance Roberts Jun 21 '10 at 17:19
  • For the record, I linked the canned responses one not to call this a duplicate of it, but to cite it as a related avenue of thought. – Grace Note Jun 21 '10 at 17:25
  • @Lance: It may be easier, but that isn't really fair to the two people who answered the original... – Shog9 Jun 21 '10 at 17:30
  • @Shog9, this sounds like an ideal candidate for merging. (If you do that, please don't feel you need to merge my answer, it doesn't have any important information). – Lance Roberts Jun 21 '10 at 17:39

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