This is more of a request than a question, but if people down vote questions or answers could you please leave a comment in the appropriate place.

The point of the voting system is so good q/a can be easily spotted and bad q/a can be improved but if you don't tell people why you down voted them how can they improve it ?

Don't get me wrong down voting can be useful for helping manage bad questions but often times it is simply bad spelling or grammar that can simply be edited and then the votes can be changed.

As a guideline an effective procedure for down voting is as follows

First cast your down vote on the appropriate q or a,

Leave a small comment saying why you down voted (ie -1 the spelling is so bad I could not even read this )

Return later to see if the q/a has been edited, if it has, and meets your standards, then you can change your vote (returning any lost rep to you and the OP ) and remove your comment or edit it yourself to earn a little rep and help out the site.

This may seem like a small issue but it is an annoying and common problem I for one would like to see gone, it just seems like a common courtesy to me but I understand new users may simply not know how voting works so I write this to try combat this issue.

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    We have this kind of request here soooo often... I agree with you, but it won't change. And most users won't come back later to check their downvotes, as there is no good notification system for this, e.g. if the question got edited. And as far as I can tell, there will be no improvements in near future.
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 9:39
  • @ByteCommander That is a shame, I feel it is something that should be addressed, for many reasons ,but its not upto me, so will just have to live with it.
    – Mark Kirby
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 9:42
  • Yup, just live with it... I always comment when downvoting, but I'm one of the exceptions. And if an answer gets you 5*more downvotes then upvotes, it's time to delete it! ;-)
    – Fabby
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 10:26
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    +1 A gentle reminder every so often isn't a bad thing.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 10:50
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    Mostly I feel the ones that need downvoting won't listen to reason.
    – Mateo
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 11:50
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    You are assuming that everyone is open to feedback. I leave comments often, but at times leaving feedback just starts a debate. My general sense when leaving feedback is - often it is ignored (lack of a notification system?), second most common response is to debate, and perhaps 5-10 % of the time there is some sort of a change and reversal of my downote.
    – Panther
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 12:29
  • What are you talking about? I always have dozens of constructive comments addressing what I did wrong!
    – kos
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 1:20
  • Look at Oli's suggestion in the dupe, I think it would be the perfect solution. Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 5:55


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