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[Meta] Can't we add an anonymous comment feature for downvotes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM

I agree there is value in anonymous voting. However, would it be possible to add the ability to include an anonymous comment along with the anonymous downvote? That would allow someone to explain the downvote without losing anonymity.


Update:

Note, there are other threads discussing the merits of anonymous downvotes. E.g.:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/18088/meta-should-we-require-comments-on-downvoting-closed

Whenever I downvote, I leave a comment. I am asking more because if someone downvotes me, I'd prefer to have an anonymous comment explaining it, rather than no comment at all. I care a lot more about the reason than I do about who made the downvote. Honestly, I don't really care who made the downvote much at all.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 27, 2013
at 01:12 PM

Funny, I found this thread because I was searching downvoting. Someone has been going along and downvoting all of my answers, both new and old the last couple days. No comments, no other answers or anything.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 03, 2012
at 04:10 AM

I agree that the reason for the downvote(ie a comment) is more noteworthy then who did the downvoting. I think if it was anonymous then comments (reasons) would be given more often.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 03, 2012
at 04:08 AM

you don't think it's necessary JayJay perhaps because you DO in fact comment when you downvote.....

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 03, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Its actually pretty anonymous, no? Very few people personally know each other here so there's not really a chance of face to face wrath for a downvote or crummy support of said downvote. Me.. I prefer fruitful round conversation rather than a huge negative shutdown. I have no problem telling someone to eff off, with a smile of course!, but if the opportunity is there to make for something interesting.. that's my jam.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:38 AM

Fair point. I certainly don't lose sleep over it. Mostly just curiosity. If someone disagrees, then it may mean I'm wrong and/or misunderstanding something, so I see it as a potential missed learning opportunity. Though I suppose there are enough people here that someone else would likely point it out anyway (not anonymously).

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I guess I don't take downvotes that seriously. It is just a gauge of whether someone thinks it is a good question or answer, and requires as little explanation as an upvote in my book. They take a point hit doing it, so I don't think people are going on random downvoting sprees.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:19 AM

I agree and I always comment when I downvote. But, if someone downvotes you, wouldn't you prefer to get an anonymous explanation rather than no explanation at all? Based on previous threads, I don't think eliminating anonymous voting is an option.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:19 AM

I agree, but if someone downvotes you, wouldn't you prefer to get an anonymous explanation rather than no explanation at all? Based on previous threads, I don't think eliminating anonymous voting is an option.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:16 AM

I agree with Niel. It's liberating to speak your mind and stand by it. Brutal honesty is so refreshing anyways.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:06 AM

word .

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:05 AM

That's what I was thinking.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:04 AM

If it's because you don't want to lose rep points when down voting I can assure you they don't actually reflect your level of paleo-savy.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:03 AM

Yeah that was me. What is the point of being anonymous when you down vote but not when you up vote? WHy not make the whole site anonymous then? (I up voted you back to zero)

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on July 03, 2012
at 12:59 AM

haha. of course.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 12:59 AM

That's a horrible idea. What is the point of remaining anonymous when you down vote but not when you up vote? Why not make the whole site anonymous then?

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8dbe73235f73c615f20d3d0f34b4852a

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on July 03, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Why not just add your comment and justify it...? Stand by your downvote and don't wuss out. There is value in anonymous voting in a society where people are afraid to voice their honest thoughts because they think everyone will be out to get them if they dissent to the common opinion. A large part of the Paleo movement is shifting society to a state that is more congruent with how humans are supposed to be, with the hopes that it will allow us to be healthier both physically and mentally. I've been amazed at the positive change in my own life since I started being more open about my own thoughts to other people. Get it out there as YOUR idea, and let's talk about it.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:16 AM

I agree with Niel. It's liberating to speak your mind and stand by it. Brutal honesty is so refreshing anyways.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:19 AM

I agree and I always comment when I downvote. But, if someone downvotes you, wouldn't you prefer to get an anonymous explanation rather than no explanation at all? Based on previous threads, I don't think eliminating anonymous voting is an option.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 27, 2013
at 01:12 PM

Funny, I found this thread because I was searching downvoting. Someone has been going along and downvoting all of my answers, both new and old the last couple days. No comments, no other answers or anything.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Or we can have some balls and own our opinions.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:19 AM

I agree, but if someone downvotes you, wouldn't you prefer to get an anonymous explanation rather than no explanation at all? Based on previous threads, I don't think eliminating anonymous voting is an option.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:38 AM

Fair point. I certainly don't lose sleep over it. Mostly just curiosity. If someone disagrees, then it may mean I'm wrong and/or misunderstanding something, so I see it as a potential missed learning opportunity. Though I suppose there are enough people here that someone else would likely point it out anyway (not anonymously).

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I guess I don't take downvotes that seriously. It is just a gauge of whether someone thinks it is a good question or answer, and requires as little explanation as an upvote in my book. They take a point hit doing it, so I don't think people are going on random downvoting sprees.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:06 AM

word .

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:05 AM

That's what I was thinking.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on July 03, 2012
at 02:56 AM

I comment when I downvote AND it actually requires an explanation. Some answers are so dumb a downvote stands on its own....But no, I don't think an anonymous downvote comment thing is necessary in the least.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 03, 2012
at 04:08 AM

you don't think it's necessary JayJay perhaps because you DO in fact comment when you downvote.....

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