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Encouraging people to explain downvotes

Note: If you're looking for a simple explanation as to why comments aren't required on downvotes, see Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such ...
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When should I vote?

I have seen a few questions here on Meta Stack Exchange that cover parts of this, but they are often too local, and none of them seem to cover all the relevant scenarios. I will break it up ...
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Allow users to leave an anonymous comment when voting

I don't know if people don't explain why they up or down vote because they don't care or because they don't want the person to know they voted on an answer (or question)... But, it might be nice to be ...
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Is the “down-voting most/all answers that aren't yours” pattern considered harmful?

Emphasis: This is not a why downvote, or when is it ok to downvote, or what to do when voted down. This question is about a particular pattern of downvoting. Recently, one of my answers was downvoted....
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Is it good practice to refrain from downvoting competing answers?

First of all: I'm not asking that downvoting competing answers should be prevented by the system (there are tons of duplicates regarding this), I'm asking whether you should do it or not. I have this ...
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Down Vote “code only” answers?

I have read this: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? and tried searching for a specific view on this scenario but cannot find. If there is a question covering this already I apologize. Q: Would ...
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What's your up/down vote ratio?

I'm just curious: What's your up/down vote ratio? I'm still new here, but so far my ratio is about 11 to 1 with 209 up-votes and 19 down-votes. I suspect that members become more bitter with time, ...
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Do you engage in or avoid pile-on down-voting? [closed]

When you see a question or answer you might normally down-vote that already has one or more down-votes, do you find yourself more or less likely to down-vote it? In other words, are pre-existing down-...
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Is “doesn't work for me” a reasonable reason to downvote an answer?

Related: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? Is it now discouraged to ask for reasons for downvotes as a comment? I am new here and trying not to get into trouble in my struggle to reach 15 ...
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When is it appropriate to downvote answers which are correct, but don't address the real problem?

Sometimes, someone will post code asking a question and have other, unrelated errors, and people will answer and address only those errors. These errors are unrelated to the actual question topic. I ...
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Proper reasons to downvote a question?

Coming to the site, it seemed that downvotes are obvious for questions that are wildly off-topic or simply a mess (no effort in writing, badly written, unclear question, pretentious assumptions, clear ...
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When is voting on an answer based on the poster appropriate?

If a question is a simple question, then it can garner downvotes, close votes, and be deleted. Perhaps it enters the new triage queue. I think that is appropriate. However, in one of the larger posts ...
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How should down voting be used?

What is the intended use of down voting? Reasons I can understand for down-voting: If the answer is completely off-topic, not even answering the original question The answer is offensive Some other ...
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c# is clearly dominant on SO. Is there a desire, need or whatever to diversify the user base and questions?

(UPDATE: Anybody who thinks this is a rant on C# needs to chill out. I'm not suggesting punishing C# questions. Rather, I am envious of C#'s disproportionate popularity on SO and am asking what, if ...
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What is downvoting really for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Guide for Upvoting and Downvoting Why do you cast downvotes on answers? It seems as though the definition on what should be downvoted changes daily. I've always kind of ...

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