I'm curious to know whether someone able to see the person user id or name who downvoted their questions or answers in salesforce.stackexchange.com?

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Neither Moderators nor normal user can see that information. Which .. creates anonymity and true freedom in giving your votes. Which kinda is a good thing I'd say. Even Though it's often appropriate to comment when you're casting a down vote.

You can however see how individual users are voting overall and how distributed they are: enter image description here

on a user's profile:

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    I know. I'd love to be able to know why people are downvoting an answer, especially one that appears well put together or at least not completely useless. 95% of my votes are positive, and those few times I downvote, I think I've always left a comment (but don't quote me on that). Constructive criticism is what downvotes are all about.
    – sfdcfox Mod
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 19:00

Actually, I believe moderators can see voting history. If you look at the help section, there's something called serial voting which can be reversed. That applies to both upvoting and downvoting the posts of a member that someone might be following on SF.SE either as an angry stalker or as a fan.

More to the point, when I first joined SF.SE and made my very first post here, someone was admonished in the comments for having downvoting my post. That couldn't have happened if no one had access to or could view other's votes. Its possible that may have changed since I joined a year and a half or so ago and if so, I'll stand corrected. However, its clear that at one point in the past, it was possible to view those things, either that or someone was very astute in noticing a -1 point change in another member's reputation; something I find a bit hard to believe.

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    per reference: Robert (stackexchange staff) edited in the moderator bit into my answer. Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 20:32

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