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I apologize if this has been suggested already; I have found many similar posts but none dealing with this case; If a user downvotes a question due to lack of quality or not a real question; and the question is eventually deleted or closed, should the person who downvoted it still receive the -1 rep?

My opinion here is no they should not. The question was correctly downvoted and the community agreed; so much in fact they removed/closed the question.

I understand why downvoting costs rep, however in these specific cases I think it is understood that the downvoting was justified and helpful to the community (when i'm editing and voting on questions I generally am drawn towards the [-12] questions first.. kinda like looking at a car accident.)

So again; Why does downvoting a question that is eventually closed/deleted due to lack of information or not a real question still effect your rep?

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Downvoting questions costs zero rep. –  chown Nov 11 '11 at 21:58
    
Downvoting a question never affects your rep, deleted or not. Try it. –  Michael Petrotta Nov 11 '11 at 21:58
    
Aww WTF - Then there was a bug here - we can close this. –  rlemon Nov 11 '11 at 21:59
    
I had downvoted a Question - Checked my repp and had a -1 for it.. just checked now and it's not on my rep page anymore and my rep is back up... i'll delete this Question and try to get a repo to log as a bug –  rlemon Nov 11 '11 at 22:00
    
You used to lose rep, not anymore. This was changed recently (a few months I think). –  Matthew Read Nov 11 '11 at 22:00
    
OK Everyone, no need to downvote me i've already flagged my own question for deletion. I have found a bug, working on steps to repo. –  rlemon Nov 11 '11 at 22:02
    
Or be jerks.. I would delete it if I could. –  rlemon Nov 11 '11 at 22:03
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@rlemon: Try not to take it personally. One of my first posts on meta was heavily downvoted after I wanted to delete it. Just remember that votes on meta don't mean much: usually just that people disagree, not that they think your post was low-quality. –  Jeremy Banks Nov 11 '11 at 22:05
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@rlemon don't take it too personally :) Its an honest question. Remember you can always ask in Chat too chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/rooms/89/tavern-on-the-meta –  Simon Sheehan Nov 11 '11 at 22:06
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It's not even the rep that I care about.. It just shows a lot about the average user on the community; when a person states "I cannot delete the question otherwise I would, Please stop downvoting" then receives a slue of downvotes... reminds me of gradeschool. –  rlemon Nov 11 '11 at 23:20

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Downvoting questions is free. Only downvoting an answer costs -1 reputation. If a question is poor, the only one losing rep here will be the original poster, since they made a poor question.

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Downvoting questions currently costs zero reputation.

http://stackoverflow.com/faq#reputation

The primary way to gain reputation is by posting good questions and useful answers. Your peers will vote on your posts, and those votes will cause you to gain (or, in rare cases, lose) reputation:

answer is voted up +10

question is voted up +5

answer is accepted +15 (+2 to acceptor)

question is voted down -2 (NOTICE NO "-1 to voter" HERE)

answer is voted down -2 (-1 to voter)

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I do think i've found a bug. I did downvote a question and saw a -1 in my rep tab on my profile page.. After posting the question and seeing your responses I went to grab a screenshot of it and it was gone (also my 1 rep point had been returned).. i'm working to see if I can get steps to repo but so far nothing. and I was not mistaken in seeing it. It struck me as so odd that it would function that way I came here and posted! –  rlemon Nov 11 '11 at 23:22
    
It could have been an old cached page that just coincidentally had a -1 from a prior downvote on an answer. –  chown Nov 11 '11 at 23:38
    
no, same question... no answers posted to it before it was closed. so I can't see the possibility that I down-voted an answer to the question. and for the same day (it was today) I no longer have a -1... –  rlemon Nov 12 '11 at 0:58
    
The bottom line is the glitch was nothing more than a glitch (my end or SO doesn't matter), and I had asked on the chat whether or not this was the case and no one offered up the information that down-voting a question is free. So I posted it here thinking it was ill-conceived functionality. I'm still trying to figure out what went wrong.. now i'm just left with a sour taste because of all of the down-votes. My question was not bad, it was misinformed. My Q. was clear and concise with my problem, and I showed 'research' by searching other questions... granted I should have read the FAQ.. –  rlemon Nov 12 '11 at 1:00
    
I don't want to start a discussion. this post is closed... just had to get my 2 cents out. –  rlemon Nov 12 '11 at 1:05
    
@rlemon Understandable, hope you are able to get it all figured out. Good luck. btw, If it makes you feel any better, my first question here on meta had -6 before I deleted it =). –  chown Nov 12 '11 at 1:16

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