Is it possible (or should it be) to know who down/upvoted my post?

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    We've had similar threads in the past - this has one of Eliah's epic answers on just this matter :) meta.askubuntu.com/questions/7257/…
    – fossfreedom Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:33
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    I were an active user long time ago and i did delete my account due to ridiculous things just like what i have now.... I just wish to obligate users who have downvoted to state why.. its better for all... When i'm going to be downvoted i really wanna know why. I wanna learn here
    – Maythux
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:37
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    voting on meta doesnt mean the same as on the main site - basically what someone thought about the topic on hand. Again - your learning experience could be enhanced by reading this as well: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/2008/down-voting-consequences
    – fossfreedom Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:41
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    Thanks anyway i appreciate your effort
    – Maythux
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:43

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Nope. It's a fairly fundamental part of the Stack Exchange network that voting remains anonymous so that people aren't doing each other favours or revenge voting. That's not going to change any time soon.

There are very limited circumstances where moderators can see vote patterns (we can see who votes for who in bulk) and Stack Exchange staff can track down who has voted for abuse reasons.

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    +1 for answering.... So you know who has downvoted for abuse so please check why this question is downvoted. Its just a silly thing
    – Maythux
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:32
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    That's the sort of checking we can't do. If somebody has voted against you many, many times, we can see it, but otherwise, you're out of luck.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:36
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    Thanks for replying.. Anyway i appreciate your efforts
    – Maythux
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:38

Oli's answer covers it... but this is significiant enough that I think it qualifies as an answer and not merely a comment:

When it comes to votes--especially downvotes, as those are the kind that tend to bother post creators--the right question to ask is usually not who, but why.

  • Sometimes there is just no good reason. There are silly votes, both up and down. Some result from people clicking by accident and not noticing. There are other reasons too.
  • Maybe there is something wrong or dangerous in your post, or something someone thinks is.
  • Could the post(s) be unclear?
  • Are there comments that may help to explain it? This is not guaranteed, and when you see a critical comment and a downvote it's not safe to assume they came from the same person, but either way, if a downvote calls attention to a critical comment that turns out to be valuable, that's (pardon the pun) a plus!
  • If there's nothing of value in the downvote or any accompanying comments, or they represent a disagreement about the quality or accuracy of the post where you've decided you're not going to change it... then you can simply move on.

Currently you have 1,195 reputation. Each downvote removes 2 rep. So you'd have to receive an enormous amount of downvotes for it to be a significant change to your rep. If you think you're a victim of serial downvoting, you may want to talk to a moderator (one way is to flag a post of yours where you think it's happening, with a custom flag). Otherwise, it's really no big deal. And a couple of downvotes in a short time, even from the same person, is not serial downvoting. Furthermore, most serial downvoting (and serial upvoting as well) has the associated reputation changes reversed automatically by the system, at the end of the day.

If you ask why instead of who and encounter a situation where a post of your is downvoted multiple times--or multiple posts are downvoted--and you really don't know why and don't want to ignore it, you can post on meta to get input as to why it might be occurring.

With that said, while it's typically fruitless to worry about who, I recommend not worrying too much about why either, especially for posts you've already re-examined for quality and accuracy.

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