Why can't we downvote comments?

  • $\begingroup$ Also relevant: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/17364/…. Comment flags have some similarities. If a comment has a lot more flags than upvotes, it will be deleted. Also, flags and upvotes are mutually exclusive. It'd be more helpful if you explained why you wanted to downvote comments. $\endgroup$
    – Larry Wang
    Oct 5, 2010 at 8:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Kaestur, because I'd like to chime in (by downvoting) on the recent "Question Quotas" contretemps between two high-rep posters who should know better. I want to be able to indicate, as we used to back when sci.math was worth visiting, "Take it to a room, guys." $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2012 at 1:39

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The request was "declined" as discussed on Should downvoting be allowed on comments? on MSO. No official reason was given. I guess this is to keep the interface simple.

I am marking it [status-declined] to match the current decision.

Please raise back-end issues on https://meta.stackoverflow.com/ in the future.


Because the software doesn't allow it.

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    $\begingroup$ Why did this get downvoted? $\endgroup$ Oct 3, 2010 at 22:31
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps someone felt it was not an answer to the intended question, "why wasn't the software designed to allow us to downvote comments?" $\endgroup$ Oct 3, 2010 at 23:08
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    $\begingroup$ Isn't this the wrong forum for such a question? Unless StackExchange becomes open-source, feature requests, or questions about the motivation for the design should go to the developers. $\endgroup$ Oct 3, 2010 at 23:11
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    $\begingroup$ +1 for the snark. $\endgroup$ Oct 4, 2010 at 1:15

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