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Why isn't it required to provide comments/feedback for downvotes, and why are proposals suggesting this so negatively received?

Sometimes my post receives downvotes with no explanation on what I've done wrong. Even worse, sometimes I just get snarky comments! It seems like this is especially bad for new users, who are made to ...
-15 votes
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Proposal to encourage but not require comments when downvoting by change point values [duplicate]

It is pretty well common consensus on Stack Exchange that down-voting without commenting is not ideal, but shouldn't be stopped either. This link for example, talks about the policy. I would like to ...
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A way to encourage/enforce constructive comments rather than anonymous down-votes. Please discuss [duplicate]

I believe this is different from other similar questions such as General Attitude: Stack Overflow: Non-constructive attitude, rather than constructive criticism [duplicate] My question is not about ...
chasly - supports Monica's user avatar
-25 votes
3 answers

New voting idea: "WHY" [duplicate]

Occasionally I get a downvote. Just a downvote. No comments, or other type of feedback whatsoever... and i think that it is frustrating. I mean, i like my points, i dont have many, so i cherish every-...
Leonardo's user avatar
-26 votes
3 answers

Limiting downvotes to those with an accompanying comment [duplicate]

Don't you think a downvote without a comment, even a 2 word comment, is just unnatural, non constructive and against Stack Overflow regulations itself? I mean if someone wants to downvote, sure thing ...
Momen Zalabany's user avatar
1253 votes
31 answers

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 ...
238 votes
42 answers

Should the weight of downvotes be increased?

When we started Stack Overflow, we wanted to make sure that downvotes were more of a visual and psychological motivator than a punitive action. That's why upvotes are +10 downvotes are -2, and cost ...
Jeff Atwood's user avatar
129 votes
6 answers

Let's get rid of the 10K flag queue

The 10K tools are pretty cool... You get a birds-eye view of activity on the site, a "dashboard" view of what's happening. Some of the individual tools haven't scaled particularly well with ...
Shog9's user avatar
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52 votes
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Does herd behavior influence the SO sites?

Are you influenced by existing votes? That is, if a question or answer has a large number of up votes, are you more likely to vote it up (and similar for down)? The reason I'm putting this question ...
40 votes
7 answers

Statler and Waldorf badge for explaining downvotes

This badge would be for people who have left comments in roughly 20 questions or answers they've downvoted. It'll encourage people to explain why they're downvoting without forcing them to do so. (...
Andrew Grimm's user avatar
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8 votes
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Is it possible to know who voted for my post?

Is it possible to know who, if it's the owner (similar to accept, but just a vote) voted my question/answer up or down? By this feature we can come to know if you are being voted up by question owner ...
Anil's user avatar
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10 votes
6 answers

Some Ways To Promote Down-Voting

Often times I see that people won't down vote "bad" responses/answers because they don't want to consistently lose rep. Sure, it's only -1 point per down-vote, but do this 3 - 5 or so times a day, ...
Mxyk's user avatar
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How did I get a downvote just as the question was posted?

I have just posted a question Meta, and, as soon as I submitted it, I saw that it already has a downvote. Surely, this must be an error. Nobody has had the chance to read it yet. The question is: How ...
Manngo's user avatar
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Penalise Downvotes without Comment / Reward Downvotes with Comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Encouraging people to explain down-votes I know that this issue has been raised a number of times in the past, with some improvements being made to reduce the negative impacts ...
Luke Stevenson's user avatar
-19 votes
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Considerations for improving Down Voting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: So annoyed with no-comment, vindictive downvoting I know this is a well traveled subject, and I've read that even Jeff's sentiments have vacillated on the subject. Like many ...
Russ Clarke's user avatar

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