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Feature request: Make downvote reasoning mandatory

This just happened to this answer on a Xbone S I can’t properly fix unless the downvoter comes forward and while it’s happened before, it’s particularly troublesome for answers where I need to know what you’ve tried so I can rule some things out. If anyone cares, this is what triggered this request: https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/4606...

I’ve done my best to fix it, but I know that the downvoter isn’t coming back to confirm or deny my revisions fix the errors made. This is troublesome since I need to know what I did wrong to look into it further so I can make a proper correction besides mentioning the HDMI IC not liking hot plugging. The points don’t matter; it’s more to do with not knowing why in cases like this. While it’s usually not an issue most of the time, I need to know what part of the answer is bad information; especially on a answer where board level work is involved and knowing there are other potential points I can reference that are known trouble spots.

I don’t care *who* did it - I just need to know *why* in cases like this. It’s more then reasonable to let the downvoter remain anonymous if they so choose to if they fear retaliation (which I wouldn't do but if it's happened before it will make sense why). I know the major answers participants don’t do this, so it’s someone who may not know providing a reason for doing it is a courtesy the author should get or someone doing it for no good reason.

I don't do it unless the answer is really wrong but that's because I'm against downvoting for a correctable error - I'll tell them they need to fix X error and if it's not done within a realistic window then I may downvote.

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Hi Nick,

I think this is a fair suggestion. After all, we want the community to offer up constructive criticism when needed and not downvote for the sake of downvoting. I'm not sure if this is something that we've considered in the past, but I'll see what the team here thinks.

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@kristen we can't trust the downvoters to do it on their own merit more often then not. If these cases were not as frequent then it may not be as much of an issue. It could be a required comment before the downvote goes through or a feedback note that comes through notifications. It personally takes a lot for me to downvote - think major error or flat out wrong. It is a final option action at most.

In the case of that answer I was quite fortunate in the sense I knew how to revise it properly and bring it up from check for HDMI damage and was more or less able to stand my ground with a revision. The only thing I wasn't sure about is if the One X reference point is correct - I think it is but forewarning it may not be is CYA.

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https://www.ifixit.com/User/526416/Rene+...

Rene gives more down votes than up votes.

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And this is why I want a mandatory comment. They will be discouraged if they can't hide AND the ones who do will put some obvious BS so I know I can write it off as a troll downvote.

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@nick a down vote without a reason helps no one. I got 40 in one day because he didn't like one of my answers.

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@mayer And that's why I drew a hard line on it with the Xbox HDMI answer. I can at least work around it for something more basic (or I know almost all of the variables) but you don't know with something like that as easily.

For all you know it's the TV that got damaged and not the Xbox. The HDMI IC could be going crazy due to the output being damaged - but it's usually the device so I've always leaned towards checking it first.

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@nick They can't hide. To see who down voted you, all I did was click on the SCORE box and it tells you who voted you up and down.

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@mayer that only works with moderator privileges

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I noticed this new guy really doesn’t like @danj

He also gave 15 down votes just today. This kind of uncalled for retribution needs to be stopped.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/2309723/Jerr...

Would you mind handling this unacceptable behavior? @kristen

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@mayer - Thanks! I hadn't noted all of the down votes.

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The more these people do this and get caught the harder it is for me to support anonymous feedback. I'm starting to think a name needs to be attached.

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Here's another really negative dude:

https://www.ifixit.com/User/1385199/XTer...

2 up votes and 13 down votes with no explanations

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@mayer Yikes... Yeah; I was initially okay with the idea of letting someone stay anonymous but mine, Rene, Jerry and Xterminal make it harder to back that.

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Hi @mayer. Somehow I missed that you mentioned me in this post! I'll take a look and see what I can do.

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@refectio the lessor LMAO check this screen shot. It will show us moderators who voted what and when

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Ooohhhhhhh...that box <blush>

I really am Refectio the Lessor :>).

Thanks!

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@refectio I am glad you got it fixed LMAO I knew you could do it!!!!

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@refectio Dear Lessor, don't feel bad, I didn't know this either till about a week or so ago.

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Nick will be eternally grateful.
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