My current approach has been to upvote to counteract the downvote, but it would be nice if there were a better solution.

Related questions: In what venue is it appropriate to approach a user about their behavior? Is this part of a moderator's job?

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    ...if that user does not leave proper premises for downvotes, it is bad. I like users that can handle both negative and positive comments. I often down/up-vote but I like to leave there a premise for my action. If my action is baseless, I will re-evaluate it later. Negative votes are essential to kill spam. Why should this site live in euphoria? I think it is more problem that some users do not state their reasons for down-votes -- revenge mentality does not help anyone. And I am commenting because I know I get odd downvotes in this site time-to-time. – user1770 Jul 7 '11 at 18:17
  • How do you know who to approach? – MrChrister Jul 8 '11 at 20:07
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    How do you know it is a particular user? – duffbeer703 Jul 14 '11 at 3:10
  • I rarely downvote answers, but have done it on a few occasions. Generally I either comment, or upvote an existing comment that explains why it's a bad answer. – Chuck van der Linden Jul 24 '11 at 9:22

I would definitely recommend flagging the relevant posts for moderator attention, so the moderators can look into it.

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