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In the beginning I found it confusing as a new user that you received negative rep for downvoting someone's answer. In the reputation overview, the description said "downvoted", which is only one letter different from "downvote". I therefore suggested that the events should be renamed to "received downvote" and/or "gave downvote" or something else that is clear and appropriate, so as not to confuse any other newcomers.

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+1 I agree, the words seem to be inversed – SysDragon Jul 2 '14 at 14:01
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You can already hover over that text for a more detailed description:

  • downvoted :: downvoted a post
  • downvote :: post was downvoted

Additionally, when you issue a downvote, you only lose 1 reputation, whereas when you receive a downvote, you lose 2 reputation. Just going by the number at the left, you should be able to figure it out.

If all these indicators still aren't clear enough for you, you'll need a bit more evidence to convince them that this is a real issue, rather than just you being slightly confused.

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I didn't know about the hover text. – MDeSchaepmeester May 1 '12 at 21:02
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@MarioDeSchaepmeester Fun fact, these hover texts are all over the place here. – slhck May 1 '12 at 21:05
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How do people miss the hover text? Does everyone have a touch screen now or what? – Cody Gray May 2 '12 at 1:09
    
Yup, the hover text serves this purpose while leaving maximum room in the UI. – Nick Craver May 2 '12 at 2:02
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I like the hover text now that I know where it is (everywhere), but I think it's very non-obvious. Few sites do it this much (or I'm universally oblivious) and those that do usually have some visual hint. @TheEstablishment Touch screen? I use the keyboard. – Jeremy Banks May 2 '12 at 2:09

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