What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 129 Stack Exchange communities.

Why we get only -1 when we down vote someone? Why just -1 and not -2 or -5?

When you down voting someone there is basically two reasons:

Main Reason

You dislike someone's Question or Answer.

Secondary Reasons

  1. The Question or Answer doesn't fulfil the site's quality requirements.
  2. The person who down votes answers has also posted an answer to the same question, so s/he tries to show that his/her answer is better than the others.

I also want to ask if it's possible that the person get the down vote normally but when any community persons verify that his/her down voting is correct than he will get his/her reputation back? Or an automatic system, if a person down vote and after or before when this question or answer get 2 up votes than his/her reputation down and if the question or answer gets the more down vote this answer or question is really not met the requirements

share|improve this question
1  
Where exactly you got all those utterly wrong ideas? What makes you think this way? You're member for only four days and got no downvotes as far as I could see. –  Shadow Wizard Mar 20 '12 at 8:43
    
Then we should get +1 or +2 when (down)voting as a reward for investing time and trying to make stackoverflow better. No, serious... -1 is good (almost to much) since the author will get -2 (+10 for one upvote) –  Carlos Heuberger Mar 20 '12 at 10:24
    
I read this question three times and I still don't understand what it's asking. –  Cody Gray Mar 20 '12 at 18:15

1 Answer 1

You dislike someone's Question or Answer.

Your first wrong assumption. Votes are a tool to regulate the content of the site, not the users. The voting system separates good from bad stuff. You should vote based on the tooltips of the vote-buttons, which go like this:

This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear.
This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful.

This answer is useful.
This answer is not useful.

The Question or Answer doesn't fulfil the site's quality requirements.

Your second wrong assumption: That's the only and primary reason.

The person who down votes answers has also posted an answer to the same question, so s/he tries to show that his/her answer is better than the others.

Uhhhh...that's so wrong in so many ways...

share|improve this answer
    
'The Question or Answer doesn't fulfil the site's quality requirements - That's the only and primary reason.'... I rarely downvote for quality reasons. I'll usually either edit to improve if possible, or flag / close vote if not. I'd tend to downvote because it's wrong... –  forsvarir Mar 20 '12 at 8:43
    
@forsvarir: True, but there are cases in which neither flagging nor editing is reasonable. F.e. a link-only-answer. It does not qualify for flags, but is not useful either if you don't feel like editing it into a full fledged answer. –  Time Traveling Bobby Mar 20 '12 at 9:11
1  
hmm per my experience link-only-answers qualify for flags fairly well –  gnat Mar 20 '12 at 10:25
    
@gnat: Uh, that's new to me, but may it be. –  Time Traveling Bobby Mar 20 '12 at 11:02
1  
You get upvotes for "Uhhhh...that's so wrong in so many ways..."? Man, my Meta trolling just got so much easier! ;-) –  Cody Gray Mar 22 '12 at 5:35

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .