For the most part, users give very useful comments that help improve the question/answer.

But I am sure many of you too must have come across sometimes the mysterious offshoot downvote and then spend 5-10 minutes trying to figure out what the exact issue was. (Which is actually a good thing sometimes because it improves the overall answer.)

Suggestion1: I was wondering if it would be a good idea to prompt a user with a small reminder after downvoting eg. "we encourage you to add some feedback to help improve the answer.".

For example, sometimes someone might find the answer to be too heuristic or missing some key details or the question is not actually answering the OP question fully.

One concern here is that it might discourage downvoting because users might not want to get into a debate with the poster of the answer.

Suggestion2: So another suggestion is to provide a list of options for downvoting an answer similar to the options we choose when closing a question eg. "the answer contains mistakes", "the answer doesn't resolve the original question", "the answer is too heuristic, not enough detail".

I thought this must have been discussed before, but I couldn't find it.



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