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I have been a victim of serial de-voting over last 4 months, which system did recognized couple of times, but it gets bit annoying when someone continuously devotes your question/answers without putting any comments down.

Thanks

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This has been asked several times on MSO, and the answer is always a resounding no.

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Here are the links to some of the discussion (ad nauseam) that has occurred on meta.stackoverflow.com.

Encouraging people to explain down-votes

Why not allow downvote only with at least an anonymous comment?

Down Voters Should be Forced to Leave a Comment

Just for those who aren't aware, SharePoint.StackExchange.com is built on the StackOverflow platform, so we (the SharePoint moderators) aren't actually responsible for the way the site works.

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Requiring people to explain their downvote only encourages argument. If allowed, I see this scenario playing out:

  • Comment: I downvoted this for reasons X, Y, and Z.
  • Original poster: That is invalid because of A, B, and C.
  • Comment: Sorry, but I do not feel that A, B, and C address X, Y, and Z, and additionally, even if they do, you didn't do a good enough job explaining this in your original answer.
  • OP: Well, that's YOUR opinion, and opinions are not allowed on SE, and therefore you should be banned!

It's not required to explain an upvote; why should you explain a downvote? People are already (mildly) disincentivized from giving them in that a downvote removes a little bit of your own reputation as well.

  • I completely agree John!!! – Haroun A. Dec 24 '13 at 0:58

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