Would it be a reasonable to require Down Votes on questions (and maybe answers) force the user to first leave a comment, or mark an attached comment as great?

This would be to help prevent blind down votes. It seems to me that down votes without feed back do not really do the original poster (or the site) any good, other than letting everyone know that someone dislikes the question for some random reason.


This dead horse has been beaten on MSO for years. The answer is no.

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    Lots of meat on that dead horse. Have to remember that MSO is there... – Xantec Jan 31 '12 at 20:23
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    Okay, lots of links -- which one is best for a summary if we don't want to read a novel? – Tango Jan 31 '12 at 21:01
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    @TangoOversway This one and this one I felt covered it best. – Xantec Feb 1 '12 at 20:47
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    Should overuse of dead horse expression require a downvote? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 1 '12 at 20:48
  • @Xantec: thanks -- that was easier than reading screens and screens full of arguments! ;) – Tango Feb 2 '12 at 0:50
  • @TangoOversway GraceNote's answer to Wikis' question is also good. – Xantec Feb 2 '12 at 13:38

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