Often I come across perfectly valid questions which have been down-voted for no apparent reason, sometimes with no comments or answers at all.

I don't think a down-vote should ever be made without explaining the reason, but if you want to continue to allow it, there should at least be a penalty for doing so. We are not in the world of Franz Kafka, are we?

If the comment and down-vote are tied, then the down-vote can be reversed if the comment is deleted.

  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/90324/… is related.
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 23:34
  • @JourneymanGeek - Yes, it is related, and I read it before my post, but it seems to address all down-votes, not uncommented ones.
    – AFH
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 23:43
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    @Ramhound - If a comment explaining a down-vote is retracted, that implies to me that there can be no reason for the down-vote, so of course it should be reversed. If a comment remains valid after further discussion or edits, then the down-vote stands. To down-vote without a reason seems entirely contrary to the intention and spirit of the site.
    – AFH
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 1:14
  • @Random - I did look quite hard for previous instances this question before I posted it, but none of my searches found your link. I agree that it is the same question. Since it has already been considered and answered, I am content to withdraw it.
    – AFH
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 1:25
  • Eh, just leave it since other users may not use the same words in the other post
    – random Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 1:30
  • @random - Fine. Will do.
    – AFH
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 1:35
  • A cross-site duplicate is Encouraging people to explain downvotes. Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 15:16


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