Perhaps I'm the only one noticing this, but I've seen several Questions and Answers around here that have been downvoted for no apparent reason. What's worse, is that no reason for the downvote is given - there's either no comments at all on the item, or there are no negative comments to address the downvote.
Is there any way for us to make leaving a comment mandatory for people who wish to downvote a Question or Answer? Alternately, is there any way for the community (Mods?) to see who is casting these downvotes and privately address abusers of this function?
I recognize the general definitions and uses of upvotes/downvotes. However, there's a noteworthy difference between the effects of the two in this environment.
To a person receiving an up-vote, it's confirmation that their question or answer is accurate and has value. This is something they presumably already believed, otherwise they would not have posted in the first place.
To someone receiving a down-vote, it suggests that their post is either erroneous or value-less. This being obviously contrary to the intent of the poster, I believe it's only reasonable and responsible that they be given a justification for the down-vote. That way, they can be led to research the errors in their post or learn to construct posts that have more value to the community.