This is related the the questions "Wearing earrings to office" and "What is rude on The Workplace?".
I placed a comment in the earrings question that looked like this:
"Down voted: [reason for down vote]". I didn't call the OP a name or anything, I list gave the reason for the down vote.
Chad reply to my comment as follows:
"It has been declared rude to post in comments that you down voted. You can suggest improvements in comments but you should not include down voted or -1"
As I replied to Chad, for now I'll consider the words "down voted" as being forbidden by somebody or other's 'declaration'.
I'd suggest that 'declarations' be listed in the FAQ, but that's not the point right now.
I personally appreciate it when someone replies to one of my questions and tells me words to the effect "I down voted you and here's why ....".
Chad's comment implies that the act of down voting is rude. I don't think that's really the case, and banning use of the word seems silly.
Professionals should have at least a slightly thick skin IMHO.
So here's my bottom line question:
Is it banned to explicitly say in a comment to a question that the commenter down voted the OP's question?
Why or why not?