I understand that it is every user's prerogative to use down-votes with or without leaving a comment. Sometimes comments are left in vain, or even cause the OP's outrage. Yet, every once in a while a poster of a down-voted post responds to comments and significantly improves their question/answer. As I understand, the system then allows the down-voters to retract or reverse their down-vote.
My questions are:
- How often are down-votes for edited questions reversed?
- Do people who down-vote (and optionally leave a comment) ever go back to check if their feedback was acted upon?
Since I assume the answer to the second question is probably no - should we encourage users who edit their down-voted post to ping those who left a comment, or would this cause too much noise in comments?
If the question/answer is edited and improved, and still has many down-votes, this is a serious problem because users who are willing to improve are being discouraged to do so.
If there are any other solutions or views other than those I've listed in the questions above, please add them to your answer.