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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 StaffMod
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 16:44
  • I think this has been suggested and [status-declined] before, can't find it though.
    – Andy E
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 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
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 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
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 17:22
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    6521 is now open again.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 17:52

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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
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 17:01
  • @Lance: how is the duplicate different?
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 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 Mod
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 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. Commented Jun 21, 2010 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. Commented Jun 21, 2010 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 StaffMod
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 17:25
  • @Lance: It may be easier, but that isn't really fair to the two people who answered the original...
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 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). Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 17:39

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