If so, when all votes are down we can know what they are against

  • \$\begingroup\$ Usually, you can leave a comment asking the downvoters what they disagree with. \$\endgroup\$
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 13:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ To @user202729's point, downvoters should be leaving a comment if they disagree with something... especially on meta. \$\endgroup\$
    – Poke
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 13:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Poke Unless (the downvoter think that) it's obvious, or leaving a comment does not help (with improving the post (especially for feature-request)). \$\endgroup\$
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 13:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @user202729 They should still be leaving a comment in those cases unless other comments encompass the same rationale in which case that seems like good grounds for upvoting a comment. If you just don't like a feature request then you can provide constructive feedback on why you think it's a bad idea or how it can be improved. \$\endgroup\$
    – Poke
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 17:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is a "downvote to a view"? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 16:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor An answer to "Is xxx allowed?", etc \$\endgroup\$
    – l4m2
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 17:54

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On answers, yes

Quoting the Help Center:

Voting is different on meta. Like normal Stack Exchange sites, Meta allows members to vote on questions and answers. For most posts, votes reflect the perceived usefulness: well-written, well-reasoned, well-researched posts tend to get more attention and more upvotes. Highly-voted and frequently-linked posts may become part of the community-curated FAQ or codified as part of the site’s Help pages.

Unlike normal Stack Exchange sites, Meta invites the community to discuss, debate and propose changes to the way the community itself behaves, as well as how the software itself works. On posts tagged feature-request, voting indicates agreement or disagreement with the proposed change rather than just the quality or usefulness of the post itself.

Also, this type of disagreement-downvoting leaks out to the rest of meta as well. Questions or non- commonly gets voted down due to disagreement, though these votes aren't binding.


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