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In my experience, there are two types of “bad” answers: Answers that more or less contain the right information, but where the poster struggles with grammar, language, technical terms, formatting,... With very little community effort, those posts can be edited into good and helpful answers and the poster made feel welcome and supported. In those cases, a ...


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Yes, if you want the answer you downvoted to improve, you should let the autor know, what he should improve. Even if you just say, the answer is wrong, it helps. Getting good answers is a main goal of this site, and by downvoting a bad answer you dont make it better. Also, getting downvoted without knowing why, can make a person stop answering future ...


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Sure, in case we felt to down-vote a poor post we can explain in a comment why we did so. This helps users to improve their posts, and it also avoids confusion. In order to keep voting private there is (and will not be) any obligation to do so. Whenever such a comment led to an edit of a post, and the reason for commenting was fixed, we should delete our ...


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