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Can a down/up votes be accompanied by a comment?

I have been facing lot of trouble with the down-vote system, in the past people used to down-vote me as my english was poor, but from last two months I have been taking much care in formatting questions and asking them in a good manner, but I don't understand why did I get down-votes still without a reason.

My previous question was well in syntax but unnecessarily got a down-vote, I have an idea but I want an answer from Moderator, I wanted to implement a plan to change down-vote system.

The plan is as follows :

"It should be made mandatory that every down-vote should be followed with a comment, (that comment should be differentiated from others, so that user have clarity that down-vote was given for that purpose, or atleast clicking down-vote should generate a check-list with common down-vote options such as "bad-formatting, offensive language, not a real question etc.. and those should be displayed to the OP in his down-vote section, along with the number of down-votes and the cause beside).

So that the OP who posted the question will understand the reason behind getting down-votes and correct himself .

But its surely annoying if some down-voted the post without commenting, it will express the meaning that some people have grudge in them.

Comment on my proposal

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    $\begingroup$ Ha ha, really non-sense, its like pricking on wound, a question about down-votes got down-voted without having reason, I think this might happen only due to two things, 1) people are very timid and fearing for OP to tell his mistake, in that case I pity them, 2)Having personal grudge on people, in that case I laugh with pity for showing differences at professional level, Ok do what ever you want $\endgroup$
    – IDOK
    Nov 25, 2011 at 17:09
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    $\begingroup$ Please have a look here $\endgroup$
    – Tapu
    Nov 25, 2011 at 18:46
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    $\begingroup$ Downvotes in meta perhaps only mean disagreement with the proposal. It does not necessarily reflect anything else, and you surely should not take it personally. // Of course, as Swapan and Mariano point out, you haven't searched the previous posts in meta, so it's possible you are downvoted because of that. $\endgroup$
    – Srivatsan
    Nov 25, 2011 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ @Iyengar Don't be frustrated with the downvotes, just focus on learning math. $\endgroup$
    – Red Banana
    Apr 20, 2013 at 19:21

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This has come up before on meta. You should search a bit to see what has been said on the subject (and my guess is, the downvotes on this meta question are probably objecting to your not having searched for previous discussions...)

In any case, commenting when down-voting will not be made mandatory.

  • $\begingroup$ Ok sir, But can I know the reasons for not making it mandatory, It would be beneficial for both Op and other persons @Mariano Suarez-Alvarez $\endgroup$
    – IDOK
    Nov 25, 2011 at 17:23
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    $\begingroup$ There is extensive discussion about this in the link Swapan gave you. You should really look at it. $\endgroup$ Nov 25, 2011 at 21:10

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