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Can I tell who downvoted one of my answers?

Is this possible on SO? Similar to Facebook where you can see who "Liked" something.

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    None of your questions/answers on Stack Overflow have been downvoted. Are you concerned about a particular post? Or is this just a general question?
    – Cody Gray
    Mar 7 '11 at 12:06
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    @Cody Gray: You gotta think more positive. My question includes upvotes as well.
    – user158365
    Mar 7 '11 at 12:37

I don't believe this is possible, primarily for the fear of negative consequences (a downvoted user returning down-votes, for example). Requests for the feature typically meet with a status-bydesign (or similar) fate.

For reference: Can I tell who downvoted one of my answers?

It's also worth looking at the minor-compromise effort that Jeff implemented ( Encouraging people to explain downvotes ) which, in theory, encourages first-time down-voters to suggest ways in which the question/answer they're down-voting can be improved. And then hopes they remember in future.

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    I think this feature should be added, at least in some circumstances. Once in a blue moon I see -2 rep appear on all of my most recent answers. Clearly someone decided they don't like me -- because I suggested they provide a reproducible example of their error, because my answer was selected instead of theirs or who knows why -- and they decided to downvote all of my answers. I would like to be able to report this (assuming it's against the rules, which it should be if it's not). But without knowing who downvoted it I can't really prove anything, which isn't cool.
    – Hack-R
    Jun 12 '16 at 23:16
  • I would prever that only admins / site owners of the community should see who voted, but no one of us. I guess they can do this anyway already. If you think that someone mass-downvotes your posts because of anger or whatever, this could be considered be spam / manipulation. You could ask someone of the site team to handle this problem. I don't thing they will revert the votes, but at least they could ban the other user so it would stop. If users would be able to see who voted, it would probably result in more damage.
    – StanE
    Jan 10 '17 at 20:18
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    What I think would be not bad: If a user downvotes, he should fill a textline with the reason. This could be displayed for everyone (just the reason, not the user who voted down), so you know if it is justified. If it's not justified, you could report it.
    – StanE
    Jan 10 '17 at 20:21
  • @StanE: if someone makes a sequence of votes, either up or down, those votes are negated automatically by one of the scripts that runs overnight (around 03:00 UTC, I think). As to who can 'see' the votes, I understand that the devs, and anyone with access to the live database can do so, but it's removed - for obvious reasons - from Stack Exchange Data Explorer and the data dumps. Jan 10 '17 at 22:37
  • @StanE the textline suggestion makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately like everything else in life it may not be implemented in another decade.
    – John Jiang
    Dec 29 '18 at 19:31

This is one of the main features of SO that the system of up/down voting is anonymous. There is no way to know who up/downvoted you in any of the SE sites.

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    The information should be somewhere, how else is reputation impacted by user deletions. I'm not sure if the data explorer was around at the time of this answer, but it looks like a query can be formed. Jan 19 '15 at 23:04
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    Poking around I see the UserId is not available for the UpMod and DownMod vote types Jan 19 '15 at 23:21
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    There are negative consequences to unrestrained down voting. I have been reading comments in social media that stackoverflow has become an unfriendly place. It is easier to cast aspirations then to say something constructive. Ever read Six thinking caps by de Bono? There is a downside to too much black hat thinking. A compromise may be the ability to 1. send a rebuttal anonymously to the down voter 2. Require a reason for a down vote. Won't stop a troll but .... Mar 27 '16 at 14:40
  • We also not able to see who has accepted answer?
    – Jackson
    Sep 27 '16 at 9:23
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    @AnkitShah an answer can only be accepted by the OP obviously ? May 7 '19 at 18:06