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Should we force adding a comment with every down-vote?

I'm here to help others by answering their questions to my best ability.

I feel like I'm contributing to the community. Some of my answers get down-voted with no feedback.

I believe that when somebody disagrees with your opinion, they should be required to leave their reason for down-voting. I'll be equally happy if reason is anonymous.

At the end of the day I'm here to share knowledge as much as learn. I don't normally ask questions, so when I get down-voted I would like to see some structured criticism explaining the down-vote.

Yes, often it's obvious why answer is down-voted, but this is not always the case and it would be nice to get some feedback.

What are your thoughts on this?

marked as duplicate by user8, Jim G., yannis May 9 '12 at 11:52

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    -1: Why should a downvote require an explanation if an upvote does not? – Jim G. May 9 '12 at 11:21
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    When you praise somebody you normally imply that person being praised did a good job. When you downvote someone, you want that person to improve, hence you give them the feedback or your opinion on a problem. – CodeART May 9 '12 at 11:35
  • I don't think we should require feedback, but we should definitely encourage it, and users should lead by example by giving feedback when they downvote. I hate seeing new users post their first question, only to see a bunch of downvotes and no explanation as to why. – Rachel May 9 '12 at 13:27
  • @Rachel Feedback is encouraged, there's a popup that asks new(ish) users to explain their down vote. – yannis May 9 '12 at 13:33
  • Adding comment for downvote requirement... – Edward Strange May 16 '12 at 18:48

See this Meta Stack Overflow question for more than you'll ever want to know on this subject:

Encouraging people to explain down-votes

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