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My reputation log shows a downvote on How to achieve code folding effects in Emacs? Why don't I see anything from me on that page. How can I find out what the down-vote is for?

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marked as duplicate by kiamlaluno, Al E., Pops, ChrisF, random Nov 24 '11 at 5:48

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Do you mean you downvoted one of the answers there and lost 1 rep point as a result? – Frédéric Hamidi Nov 17 '11 at 16:19
That's what it was. I couldn't tell from my user info screens, but the detailed reputation faq explained it. Thanks! – Simon Michael Nov 17 '11 at 16:30
@FrédéricHamidi: I suggest that you move your comment into an answer, so that Simon can accept it and the question can be "answered". – Heinzi Nov 17 '11 at 17:13
@Heinzi, you have a point, better to have "resolved" questions even on meta :) – Frédéric Hamidi Nov 17 '11 at 17:26
up vote 4 down vote accepted

If you downvoted one of this question's answers, you lost one reputation point and the log will indeed show that loss as a downvote (yours).

The reputation FAQ says:

You lose reputation when:

  • you voted an answer down/not useful: −1

Note that the log actually says downvoted if you downvoted someone else, but downvote if someone else downvoted you.

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