# Why can't we downvote comments?

Why can't we downvote comments?

• 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. – Larry Wang Oct 5 '10 at 8:52
• @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." – Rick Decker Jul 27 '12 at 1:39

## 2 Answers

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.

• Why did this get downvoted? – Akhil Mathew Oct 3 '10 at 22:31
• Perhaps someone felt it was not an answer to the intended question, "why wasn't the software designed to allow us to downvote comments?" – Qiaochu Yuan Oct 3 '10 at 23:08
• 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. – Ryan Budney Oct 3 '10 at 23:11
• +1 for the snark. – Tom Stephens Oct 4 '10 at 1:15